2012-04-05 - Canadian National Snowboard Team Training at Mount Washington
Image: Looking down at the training site which includes a step-over and jump to airbag.
Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort
The Canadian National Snowboard Team is training at Mount Washington this Easter weekend from April 5th to the 9th. The team will perfecting their bag of tricks in the Slopestyle discipline at the mountain's Afterdark Invitational competition site.
"We're definitely excited to see the national team training here this weekend and it's great to support Canada's best snowboarders," says Don Sharpe, Director of Business Operations and Marketing. "We have all the snow we need to build them the perfect jump site."
Additional snow has been pushed up over the last week to create a sizeable step-over jump with a 65 foot table. An additional jump has been created beside the step-over where team members can trick and land in an airbag provided by O'Neill.
Members of the National Team as well as Provincial up and comers are on Vancouver Island to fine-tune their skills and continue their snowboarding development.
"This is an ideal time to train as we're between the competition and summer glacier seasons," says Leo Addington, Freestyle Program Director for the Canadian National Snowboard Team. "We have athletes from across the country training on Vancouver Island this weekend."
Public are invited to check out the team's training progress during the five-day camp. The training site is at the Whiskey Jack flats, which is located just uphill from the Alpine Lodge.
Locals will also get a chance to hone their Slopestyle skills on the Camp of Champions airbag on Saturday and Sunday. The Camp of Champs site will be located directly beside the National Team's training site. There's no better way to learn than airing out beside Canada's best snowboarders!
For more information on the training camp and trying out the Camp of Champions airbag, visit mountwashington.ca. You can also become a friend of the mountain on Facebook to see the latest mountain photos and for event insights this weekend.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort is open daily until Sunday, April 22. The resort is located 30 minutes above the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and Island Express service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live snow cam.