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March 8th, 2013 SnowOnline

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Party in April, Sleep in May: Whistler’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival

The countdown to North America’s largest winter sports and music festival is officially on. From April 12 to 21, 2013, the 18th Annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival will descend upon Whistler, British Columbia, bringing with it a smorgasbord of snow sports action, music, art and fashion.

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Tickets to the Festival’s signature events, including the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown and Intersection are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at The World Ski and Snowboard Festival E-store online but as previous years have demonstrated, they will not last for long.

To guarantee no one has to miss out on the action, The World Ski and Snowboard Festival is introducing some new events to the 2013 schedule including an encore presentation of the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown. The winner of the Filmmaker Showdown will be announced at the original screening on April 16 and for some added suspense, The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the encore screening on April 17.

Also new to the event line up for 2013 is THE BEGINNING party, an all-night extravaganza of DJs, drinks, dancing and beautiful people to kick the Festival off in style. As always, The World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s ticketed events will be intertwined with an array of free sport, music and art affairs.

The Festival kicks off with the World Skiing Invitational (WSI) and the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) events, including the open Slopestyle competition in the Highest Level Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain and the Invitational Big Air at the base of Whistler Mountain. Both events are hugely challenging but the prestige of winning attracts some of the best skiers in the world. The AFP will also crown the 2012/2013 World Champions during this time period, a huge incentive for the athletes to really prove their worth and show the judges what they are made of. The progression of skiing is the name of the game at Whistler Blackcomb, so spectators are guaranteed to be awed and amazed by these athletes.

Once the ski victors are crowned, it’s on to The Shred Show Presented by Monster Energy from April 17 to 21. A full on snowboarding assault on the senses, The Shred Show features Slopestyle, Big Hip, Boarderstyle and Mogul Duel competitions, with the Slopestyle and Big Hip being TTR World Snowboard Tour 5-Star events.

All ski and snowboard events are free for spectators but on-hill events do require a valid Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket to access the mountain.

Arts and culture are another key component to The World Ski and Snowboard Festival, going hand in hand with the athletic competitions. Call for submissions for the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown and State of the Art are currently open with application information available at wssf.com.

The State of the Art exhibit in the Whistler Conference Centre Grand Foyer requires no entry fee and will be open daily from 12 to 6pm for the duration of the Festival. State of the Art showcases the works of artists from far and wide who are inspired by life in a mountain town. There are no rules at State of the Art and sub-cultures and anti-movements are celebrated openly.

No World Ski and Snowboard Festival would be complete without the celebration of music – enter the free daily Outdoor Concert Series. Located at the Main Stage in Skier’s Plaza at the base of Whistler Mountain, the free Outdoor Concert Series will feature some of today’s hottest musical acts from 2:30- 5:30pm daily throughout the Festival. The full line up for the 2013 Outdoor Concert Series will be released soon.

For more information about The World Ski and Snowboard Festival, including the full 2013 event schedule, Call for submissions, ticket information, and photos and video, visit www.wssf.com.


Photo courtesy of WSSF.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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March Break: Kids Ski & Snowboard Free with SnowPass

Looking for family fun this March Break?

Purchase a SnowPass for your 4th or 5th grader and give them the chance to ski or snowboard FREE throughout the break.

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With every SnowPass card, your child will receive three free lift tickets for each of the participating ski/snowboard areas all across Canada.

For the low price of $29.95 including taxes (admin fees only), there are hundreds of chances to ski/ride for Free! For a list of participating ski areas click here.

March Break is coming quickly so apply today to receive your SnowPass before the holidays! Apply online using and upgrade your delivery to XpressPost to ensure prompt delivery. With XpressPost you will be sure to have your child’s SnowPass in 1 – 5 business days.

Applications online at www.snowpass.ca


Photo courtesy of the Canadian Ski Council.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Snowboarding Competition at Beaver Valley: $5000 in Prizes

It’s spring, and Ontario’s Beaver Valley is heating up with its latest, most exciting event: the Beaver Valley Banked Slalom, Saturday March 23, 2013.

This new, annual snowboarding event includes competition for all ages, and $5000 in prize winnings. The Banked Slalom is in honour of long time Beaver Valley club member and committed snowboarder Jackie Snarr, who lost her life tragically in 2010 while riding her snowboard.

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Proceeds from the event go to Rebecca’s Hope for Leukemia Research at Princess Margaret Hospital, a charitable organization that supports the cure for Leukemia that Jackie had a part in starting.

For more info on this new Banked Slalom, see www.BeaverValley.ca Register for the event by sending an email to [email protected]

For more info on Rebecca’s Hope, see www.rebeccashope.com

Charitable donations can be made directly to PMHF on behalf of Jackie Snarr at www.thepmcf.ca/beavervalley

(Charitable tax receipt will be issued automatically)


Photo courtesy of Beaver Valley

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


Duff Invitational Slopestyle at Sun Peaks March 17

On March 17, both professional and local snowboarders and skiers will compete in Sun Peaks, BC’s first Duff Invitational Slopestyle.

Returning to his home mountain after a legendary career in professional snowboarding, Kamloops rider Chris Dufficy will compete alongside regional athletes in the Sun Peaks Rockstar Energy Terrain Park in a fun, jam style format.

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“The Duff Invitational is more than just a slopestyle contest,” says Dufficy. “It’s about raising awareness about brain injuries.”

Registration for the event is $20 with all proceeds donated to the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. After overcoming a series of head injuries, Dufficy was amoung the first professional snowboarders to adopt use of a helmet.

For more info: Duff Invitational


Photo by Kevin Hagell courtesy of Sun Peaks.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Ontario Ski Racers: Here’s an Invite from Erik Guay

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, a few of my teammates and I are coming to Collingwood, Ontario, on March 16 and 17 to spend some time with our Ontario friends.

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We are coming straight from the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to Collingwood, Ontario for the first-ever Canadian Ski Team Shootout and Masters’ Fantasy Camp.

The action-packed weekend will kick off with the Shootout Launch Party at 7 p.m. on March 16 at Toronto Ski Club, where we will be unveiling the 2014 Canadian Alpine Ski Team Olympic downhill suit. Come to the party and you’ll be the first in the world to see it!

On March 17, we’ll be at Osler Bluff Ski Club for a day of ski racing with participants of the Canadian Ski Team Shootout and Masters’ Fantasy Camp. For details, Click Here

I know how many passionate ski racing fans there are in Ontario, and we really look forward to coming out to ski with you and your kids. Furthermore, tax receipts will be issued and the funds raised from this event go directly to both grassroots programming as well as our training programs as we prepare for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone on the team, and we plan to make you proud as we take on the best skiers in the world in 2014.

On behalf of Jan Hudec, Ben Thomsen, Manuel Osborne-Paradis and John Kucera, we look forward to seeing you and skiing with you in Collingwood on March 16 and 17.


Erik Guay

2011 world champion – downhill

2010 World Cup overall super-G winner


Photo and letter courtesy of Alpine Canada.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Tremblant Golf Season Pass On Sale ‘Til March 26

As winter draws to a close, Tremblant preps for golf. Yes… golf!

The Quebec ski area is a top destination for championship golf in summer. Its new PM Pass offers unlimited access to both Le Diable and Le Géant golf courses, seven days per week, after 1 p.m.

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Until March 26, avid golfers can purchase this new season’s pass, allowing them to play on the most beautiful championship courses in Quebec for only $999 (limited quantities).

In addition, Passholders and their guests can enjoy exceptional privileges and discounts including: unlimited access to the driving range, discounts on equipment rental, on morning golfing fees, at the pro shop and on lessons.

Until March 19, anyone booking three nights or more will enjoy discounts of up to 35% on lodging. They will also be able to take advantage of many free activities included with their lodging.

For additional information, visit tremblant.ca.

Photo courtesy of Tremblant.ca
SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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Ski Sale Alert: Calabogie Season Passes $200 Off Until April 30

Sale alert from SnowOnline: Get $200 OFF a 2013/14 ULTIMATE SEASON PASS at Calabogie Peaks Resort until April 30th, 2013.

Purchase now and ski the rest of this season for FREE!

Buy online at Calabogie.com

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Calabogie Peaks Resort and Conference Centre is located about 1.5 hours outside of Ottawa, Ontario in the pretty Ottawa Valley.

Graphic courtesy of Calabogie Peaks Resort and Conference Centre

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles


Powder Pic: Asessippi Slopestyle, Saskatchewan Style

The Asessippi Slopestyle event served this season as the Saskatchewan Snowboard Association (SSA) Provincial Finals. Riders from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan were welcome to participate. Thirty one competitors fought it out on the largest terrain park ever put together by the resort. Pictured here is Lianne Dupont, 2nd place finisher in the female pro category. Asessippi’s next freestyle event will be Saturday, March 16 when the Banff Ice Big Air opens up to both skiers and snowboarders.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort is located just west of Inglis, near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border. For more, see: www.asessippi.com

Photo courtesy of Asessippi.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles

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