Freeride World Tour with Jen Ashton


This winter I was invited to compete on the Freeride World Tour. This tour has 4 competitions around the world, with the best Big Mountain skiers and snowboarders competing against each other for the World Title and a Nissan truck.

The Freeride World Tour stop #2 in Squaw Valley is now all rapped up. We were supposed to have the competition on the legendary Tram Face, a permanently closed run underneath the Tram. Unfortunately, we ended up skiing only one day of competition on a very short venue without very many features. I ended up in 3rd place.

I jumped off the tram building on the left, and straight lined through the middle chute.


The competitors all would have liked the change to compete another day on the tram face but the snow was horrible and there were crazy avi-debree piles everywhere. We needed it to snow.

Instead of snow we got two days of rain. This gave up a chance to go bowling and watch Drew Tabke skinny dip wake surf in Lake Tahoe. Nice ass, Drew, I think the water must have been really cold.

It finally started to snow, and snow, and snow. It snowed 6 to 8 feet. This was enough snow to make the tram face look absolutely beautiful but also extremely dangerous.

So, they called the rest of the competition off. I guess we’ll try to ski the Legendary Tram Face again next year. I’m now in Tignes, France for stop #3 of the Freeride World Tour. Hopefully we have a better competition face. Stay tuned…


Jen Ashton


March 16, 2009