04/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Freeskiing World Tour In Crested Butte: 8 Great Moments From Past Tours (VIDEO, VOTE)

As the eyes of the world looks toward Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, Crested Butte will be the focus of a more obscure, but equally passionate snow sports following as the Colorado resort town hosts the Freeskiing World Tour from February 16-21. While the tour may never garner the fanfare of the Winter Games, it rivals--if not surpasses--in level of sheer excitement.

Participants will compete to see who can ski the most difficult, most exciting lines down some of the steepest backcountry terrain imaginable.

The event's stop in in Colorado prompted us to take a look at some of the best moments in the history of the competition as a taste of what's in store this week.

Crested Butte's Freeskiing World Tour -- Highlights From Previous Years