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Freeskiing World Tour: Revelstoke Day 1

Freeskiing World Tour: Revelstoke Day 1

[ January 8, 2010 - 6:23pm ]
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Revelstoke Comp Venue
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The Canadian Freeskiing Championships are happening right now at Revelstoke, BC. Our blogger (who's recovering from a concussion) checks in on the results from the first qualifying day and updates us on the venues for today and the finals tomorrow.

I get off the one-month old shuttle service that runs me from BC’s Kelowna Airport into downtown Revelstoke and gaze up at Mount Mackenzie. I’m here to compete in the Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the first North American stop on this year’s World Freeskiing Tour, a big-mountain competition that travels everywhere from La Parva, Chile, to Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado, to Kirkwood, California, to Snowbird, Utah, and Alyeska, Alaska. Around 150 of some of the best big-mountain skiers from around the world are here to showcase their talent. I’m here to blog about it—and attempt to keep up.

On Wednesday morning, I step onto the gondola for my first run at Revelstoke, and a ski patroller named JJ hops in with me. I learn he’s also registered for a spot in this week’s qualifier event. He tells me until he gets any duty calls, he’ll show me some secret stashes around the mountain. We end up skiing together all day. After an easy 10-minute boot-pack, we are swooping through the snowcapped spruce trees and balsam firs, hitting fat, white pillow lines stuffed with mid-December snow. We spend the remainder of the day boot-packing high alpine bowls, sending chutes, and weaving through untracked powder leftover from a storm that fell a couple days ago. The bad news: I did suffer from a concussion (my fifth) the day before the competition, so I've stepped out of the contest.

As day one of competition approaches on Thursday, the announcement of the terrain chosen confuses a number of the athletes (myself included) who have competed on this circuit before. The venue, called Separate Reality, is an inbounds area viewable from the Stoke chairlift, and more resembles the mildly steep, bumped up, and skied-off slopes I grew up skiing in Vermont. It offers only two creative line choices with only a couple sizable features at the top of the course— namely, a band of rocks about 15 meters below the starting point, and a 15- to 20-foot cliff (depending on where you send it) skier’s left of the fall line. The object of the game turns out to be who can send the same two features as fluidly as possible without wiping out, setting up for a repetitive daylong meat-hucking fest. By the end of day one’s qualifying event, Revelstoke’s own Eric Young, who placed first among the men, along with local Izzy Lynch, who placed second among the women, easily tore the course apart. Full results from day 1.

On Friday and Saturday, three more locals and 30 others who moved past the qualifier will join to compete against athletes like FWT overall champion Julien Lopez, and South American Freeskiing Championships winners Chopo Diaz and Jacqui Edgerly.

The venue for today is being held on the North Bowl, which will embody the more difficult terrain of Revelstoke’s lift-serviced 1,713 vertical meters, the highest of any resort in North America. Weathering permitting, the final on Saturday will fly athletes via helicopter to a venue not yet determined. Check out live video footage of the competition. —Paul Sliker

Revelstoke Comp Venue

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Pretty good post. I just

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.mens style

Freeskiing is the best

Freeskiing is the best sport!! I am really a big fan of it! I would like to get more amazing videos like this.

The Freeskiing World Tour

The Freeskiing World Tour seems real tough competition even for experienced hands! But I am sure the thrill of just being a part of this challenging Championship is satisfying enough!! The first day seem to have gone in favour of the host where Revelstoke's Eric Lynch came out the winner! In spite of a minor accident, the bloggers seems to be doing his job well and making it a very interesting read!! Thank you and keep on blogging!!

There is nothing better then

There is nothing better then the Freeskiing. i am such a big fan of it. It is so amazing how great these skiers are. Keep it going in the future.

Nice to meet you at the

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Nice to meet you at the Village Idiot! Too bad about the noggin', but glad you're still bloggin'. Just a quick correction - it's Izzy Lynch, not Izzy Young. I'll chalk it up to the concussion! :)

-Karilyn

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