Sunny skies and packed powder greeted more than 136 competitors from all over North America for three days (Jan 16 – 18) at the 16th annual North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships (COFSC). RED Mountain Resort’s reliable snowpack allowed for top-notch ski action as the best junior skiers attacked Granite Mountain. The competition venue was located on the east side of Granite Mountain on Papoose Bowl and Link’s Line. Both are black runs with jumps, cliffs and rocks to maneuver around or boost off.
RED Mountain Resort is proud to be the first National Stop in North America and one of only 4 National Events in Canada on the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA) Junior Event Series. The COFSC showcased some of the best junior freeskiers in North America. Freeski Clubs were represented from as far as Winter Park, CO, Sparks, NV and Seattle, WA. There was regional and local representation from Whistler, Calgary, Vernon, Nelson, Fernie and approximately a third of the field was from Rossland. Technical Delegate & Head Judge Jeff Holden said “The athletes displayed awesome athleticism amongst fast and chalky conditions. Excellent energy and comradery was felt amongst the community creating one of the most memorable junior events ever.”
The view ain’t bad from the chair.
The competitors were judged on five main criteria:
Line (difficulty of terrain chosen)
Control (the skiers ability to maintain control)
Fluidity (maintaining a constant flow)
Technique (a skiers quality of turns)
Style & Energy (personal flare, energy and creativity with which a competitor attacks or descends his/her chosen line or route)
For a full listing of the results click here.
Athletes are competing in this IFSA freeski event as part of a series of other events with the hope to be crowned ‘North America’s Best Freeskier’ in their respective age and gender categories. In addition, it brings together the freeriding competition community, emphasizing personal growth and development through healthy decision making and creative expression.
The IFSA, now the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association, is working to enhance the sport of competitive big mountain freeriding by creating a uniform set of guidelines to ensure consistent and credible competition.