This weekend is the final competition of the season for our national halfpipe and slopestyle athletes, as they compete in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Finals at the World Skiing Invitational in Whistler, B.C.
The halfpipe team is coming off a week of training camp here at WinSport in the Under Armour Superpipe.
“The Calgary training camp was incredible,” said Cassie Sharpe, a member of the national B team and a graduate of the WinSport Academy program. “The pipe was perfect each day and everyone was stoked to be there, which makes everything awesome. I learned a lot of new tricks and perfected some others. I can’t wait to debut a couple at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.”
Joining Sharpe at the WinSport camp and competing this weekend are Mike Riddle (Sherwood Park), Justin Dorey (Vernon, B.C.), Simon d’Artois (Whistler), Kris Atkinson (Calgary), Matt Margetts (Penticton, B.C.), Noah Bowman (Calgary), Keltie Hansen (Edmonton) and Megan Gunning (Calgary).
Sharpe, a B.C. native, is looking forward to competing in front of her friends and family.
“I’m really excited to be competing on home turf,” said Sharpe. “Having my family (mom, dad and brother) and a couple of my friends from Vancouver Island out to watch the competition means the world to me. It’ll be the first time some of my friends see me compete in real life! It is awesome to have a contest so close to home and be able to share my passion with them.”
The halfpipe event takes place Sunday, while slopestyle is today (Friday) and Big Air is on Saturday.
Among the slopestyle athletes competing are Alex Bellemare (Saint-Boniface, Que.), Evan McEachran (Oakville, Ont.), Noah Morrison (Vernon, B.C.), Taylor Wilson (Whistler), Kristaps Thompson (Montreal), Reid McEachran (Oakville, Ont.), Kim Lamarre (Lac-Beauport, Que.), Nikki Blackall (Barrie, Ont.) and Yuki Tsubota (Whistler).