WHISTLER BLACKCOMB HOSTS GOPRO JUNIOR FREESKI CHALLENGE FEBRUARY 8-10, 2014

WHISTLER, BC January 27, 2014 – Whistler Blackcomb and its epic terrain will play host to some of the top big mountain freeskiers, ages 12-18, during the ‘GoPro Junior Freeski Challenge’ on February 8-10, 2014. This International Freeski Skiers’ Association (IFSA) sanctioned event will challenge athletes to make their way down a predetermined run on Blackcomb Mountain while being judged on skiing style, speed, and line choice.

The name of the competition run will be kept under lock and key until the day before the event on Friday, February 7, when athletes will check-in and then have the day to inspect the venue and master their line of choice.  On Saturday, February 8, the qualifier round for skiers ages 12-14 will take place followed by qualifications for ages 15-18 on Sunday, February 9.  After the fields have been narrowed down, qualified competitors will lay down their last runs in the finals on Monday, February 10.

"GoPro is so stoked to be a part of the Whistler Junior Freeski Challenge,” says Dan Kelsay, GoPro Resort and Camp Marketing Manager. “It’s the perfect fit for GoPro and an awesome platform for kids to get that big mountain experience in competition."

A team of GoPro ambassadors will also be in attendance at the event giving competitors the opportunity to demo the latest GoPro cameras and accessories. GoPro enables users to record life’s greatest moments in the most immersive perspective possible; perfect for capturing on and off mountain experiences at Whistler Blackcomb.

“Whistler Blackcomb boasts some of the best big mountain skiing terrain in the world,” says Cate Webster, Whistler Blackcomb’s Events Supervisor. “We are thrilled to host some of the best up and coming ski talent and give the athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills at a major resort.”  

Registration for the event is now full for the 15-18 year old category however there are still spaces remaining for 12-14 year olds. Discounted accommodation for participants and athlete lift tickets will be available for the duration of the event. Further information on registration and event details can be found at whistlerblackcomb.com/events.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages  or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,174 centimetres (462 inches)  of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. 

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Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Media Notes:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial use, downloadable at the following link: whistlerblackcomb.com/mediaphotos

Please credit – Photographer Listed, Location: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia. 

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