The U.S. Freeskiing Qualifier took place in Telluride, Colo., for events on February 6, and 7, 2009. Despite no new snow, the event was a success, and there were no injuries to report. Osprey was on hand in Mountain Village to demo packs, give out swag, and size folks for packs at our demo tent. The brand new backcountry Kode Series (so new it won’t be in stores until Fall 2009) as well as our versatile Talon Series were offered to demo. The Osprey demo tent also had our climbing pack, the Variant and our current snowsports pack, the Switch, as well as Osprey travel product, our super light rolling duffel, the SpaceStation and Sojourn.
There was a lot of curiosity for Osprey at this event. Some people told us they’ve been using Osprey packs since the days we were based Santa Cruz, while others were surprised to learn that our offices are located just down the road from Telluride, in Cortez, Colo. We were psyched to see the little munchkins come out of the woodwork to get their share of chocolate, Clif bars, lipbalm and stickers. We raffled off a Kestrel 28 pack at the end of each day to a lucky dog who had either demo’d a pack or donated $5 to Colorado Fourteneers Initiative. Fellow green lift sponsor ULU/Chaco demo’d their sheerling boots, which kept our feet toasty and cozy in the cold temps.