Holiday Valley Resort will host the Freestyle Eastern Qualifying Series (EQS) Championships March 14-16.
One hundred sixty competitors from the northeastern U.S. will compete in moguls, aerials and slopestyle diciplines. These skiers, who are divided into two groups, the “Young Guns,” ages 10 and under, and the “Youth,” ages 11 to 18, have earned enough points through events this season to qualify for this competition.
All of the EQS competitions can be viewed from base areas and spectators are encouraged.
The mogul course, which will take place on Yodeler, is made up of bumps and jumps, and competitors are judged on their turns, line, air and speed.
In aerials, taking place on Foxfire, the skiers hit a single large jump and do various tricks while in the air.
The slopestyle course, on Snoozer, is made of jumps and other features made of snow, rails and boxes. Slopestyle is judged on the style and flair of the skier, and the size and quality of their tricks.
The EQS is the highest level of competition at the entry level of freestyle skiing. The emphasis is on having fun while improving the skiers’ freestyle skills.
Beyond the excitement and thrills of competitions, a freestyle background teaches kids to be versatile skiers who can ski any terrain on any mountain in any conditions.
Holiday Valley Resort is honored to host this competition 2014 and 2015. It was awarded to Holiday Valley based on the mountain, its lodging capacity, its banquet facility, other activities like tubing and the mountain coaster, and the Village of Ellicottville.