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NFMasters Kirkwood postponed

2/24/2012
Sasha Coben

The North Face Masters big mountain snowboard contest has postponed its Kirkwood, Calif. Stop until March 29. Originally slated to take place March 1-4, the lone California stop on the event tour has fell victim to a winter that has left riders all over California scratching theirs heads (and their bases) wondering where all the snow is.

Historically one of California's snowiest locales, Kirkwood (like all ski areas in the Sierra range) has been struggling for snow this season. With a base of 67-75 inches, it's not that there isn't enough to run the contest, it's that there isn't enough to satisfy the event's organizers, Mountain Sport International.

"It is unfortunate that we have to cancel the event," says MSI event manager Bryan Barlow, "but currently the coverage is not up to our standards."

Though the base is enough to ride fine enough at the resort, The Cirque -- the area on Kirkwood where the contest is held -- needs more snow before the potential zones and lines that the NFM competitors need to get into can be opened up.

"I think it's a good call," says pro snowboarder Alex Yoder, who placed fourth at last week's North Face Masters Crystal stop. "Running a contest like this without the right conditions would have led to a somewhat inconsistent and potentially dangerous scenario."

The new contest window for the Kirkwood stop will run from March 29 - April 1. This is the second event of the series postponed due to lack of snow with the Snowbird stop also rescheduled for April 12-15.