Day one went down on the Headwall area of Crested Butte, and riders didn’t hesitate taking the rocky and scrappy slope apart.

The second stop on the North Face Masters series is popping off at Crested Butte, Colorado, and the tour couldn’t have picked a better freeride mecca. Returning champs from the Snowbird comp, Shannan Yates and Matt Annetts are up against a national field of free-shredders that includes a huge portion of local talent.

The ‘Butte has a revered place among big mountain types, capturing the interest of now pro-shred legends Chris Englesman, Dave Basterachea and Barrett Christy, among others. So, what’s the deal?

“It’s steep and it’s rocky,” answers 18-year local and fifth-place finisher in today’s preliminary round Gareth Van Dk. “Crested Butte is a big volcano of shale. It’s straight up daggers waiting to bite you.” But besides the geological punishers, says Van Dyk, CB has the pitch to match.

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Now in its sophomore year, the North Face Masters of Snowboarding has become the largest cohesive competitive big mountain snowboarding tour in the country. The three-stop tour begins at Snowbird Jan 29 – Feb 1 and will cater to the motivation, talent, and skill of world-class big mountain snowboarders. Second stop, Feb 12-15, is at Crested Butte, Colo., and culminates at the ultimate big mountain competition venue of Kirkwood, Calif.

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