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5th Annual Whistler Blackcomb Canadian Freeskiing Championships presented by Atomic Skis & Powder Magazine prepare to descend on Whistler/Blackcomb January 9-12
World Tour Stop #1 will bring the world’s best skiers to Canada


WHISTLER, B.C., CANADA—Whistler/Blackcomb and Mother Nature are preparing to host the first stop of the IFSA Freeskiing World Tour in January. For the 5th straight year Whistler/Blackcomb was selected as the commencing resort for the three-stop tour. The tour, run by event management company Mountain Sports International (MSI), attracts athletes from around the globe to compete for over $10,000USD in cash awards. Athletes will travel from 15 states and provinces and 8 countries to compete for the title of Canadian Freeskiing Champion.

Last year’s champion, Atomic athlete, Philippe Troubat of France is still recovering from an injury he suffered over the summer, which leaves last year’s 2nd place competitor and IFSA World Tour Champion, Rossignol athlete, Hugo Harrisson, poised to capture his country’s title. Numerous other Canadians dominated the IFSA Tour last year, including Fernie’s Ryan Oakden and Moss Patterson. Either athlete could potentially give Harrisson a challenging run for the championship. U.S. hopefuls include Breckenridge’s Rex Wehrman and Aspen’s Aaron Estrada. Todd Windle of Pahia, New Zealand is also a strong contender in this event, having won the event back in 2000. French phenom Dynastar skier Guerlin Chicherit will be back on the Tour attempting to wreak havoc on the hopefuls as well. The women’s competition will bring defending champion Head-Tyrolia athlete Jennifer Ashton of Whistler to face off against last year’s IFSA Tour champion Aleisha Cline.

The event is scheduled to take place on January 10th-11th with a potential weather day scheduled for the 12th. Venues have been selected but will not be announced until the event begins. The event is sponsored by Whistler/Blackcomb, POWDER Magazine and Atomic Skis.

A qualifier event is slated prior to the event at Blackcomb Mountain from the 7th-9th. The second stop on the big mountain tour will take place in Snowbird, Utah February 1-4, 2002.

Big Mountain Freeskiing is scored by a panel of five judges who evaluate a skier on five categories: Line Choice, Control, Fluidity, Technique, and Aggression, on a point scale of 1-10. Judges score all five categories and their totals are averaged. Athlete’s total scores are the combined total of all competition runs.

For more information and press credentials please contact Lhotse Merriam, PR Director at 801-201-3337 or . For athlete registration information contact Barb Hamblett at