4th Annual Smith Optics Junior Freeski Open
Whitewater Ski Resort is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Smith Junior Freeski. The event had been postponed from January 30,31 & Feb 1.
We have recently experienced mild temperatures, which have created spring melt/freeze conditions and unseasonably firm snow surfaces on all aspects and elevations of the resort. Since the weather forecast is calling for slight cooling into the competition weekend, it is unlikely that the venues will soften much. With less than ideal conditions for competitors in the forecast and safety being the biggest priority for all of us here at Whitewater, we feel postponing the competition is the best decision that will ultimately result in a more positive experience for all involved.
Our most sincere apologies for an inconvenience this may cause to anyone involved. Thank you for understanding.
REGISTRATION IS FULL, please call 250-354-4944 to register for the Wait List over the phone. Please do not try to regsiter through Athlete Path, you can only register for the Wait List over the phone or in person at 602 Lake Street.
This Big Mountain Freeskiing competition is for ages 7 to 18 years who will be judged on 5 different categories as described below. Skiers are rewarded for using the terrain creatively and are scored based on line choice, fluidity, style, control, and aggressiveness as they navigate through black and double black ski terrain featuring cliffs, airs, moguls, and anything else the mountain can throw at them. The terrain chosen has a designated start location, left and right boundaries, and a finish line. Where competitors go is totally up to them. This type of competition meshes really well with the Kootenay mentality and terrain.
Categories will be broken into:
Boys 7-11, Girls 7-11, Boys 12-14, Girls 12-14, Boys 15-18, Girls 15-18
For those of you that will be traveling to Nelson for this event, the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre will be offering Delux Guest Rooms for $119.95 for up to four guests per room. The Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre and West Coast Grill will also be the location of the Saturday Night Event Dinner. A great opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow competitors. Tickets for the Saturday evening are $15 +GST per person and can be purchased at Guest Services at the resort, or at the Nelson office (602 Lake Street) when you check in Friday evening.
The menu for Saturday evening dinner (catered by the West Coast Grill) is:
- Caeser salad
- Garlic toast
- Herb Roasted Chicken
- Tomato Basil Penne
The schedule for the weekend is as follows (subject to changes):
Here is the video from the third annual Smith Optics Freeski Comp January/February 2014.
A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for the 2015 event!
Whitewater is listed as a regional competition under the North American International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Assocciation (IFSA) event series. On the regional level if athletes do not want to have their points ranked they will not be required to purchase an IFSA membership. If they want to get ranked but are not sure that they will compete in other events there is a $25 one time membership, and if they plan to do multiple events and want the points to count towards going to the North American National Championships they will have to buy a full membership.
To purchase a membership with the IFSA click HERE.
........................................................................."Love everything about this mountain; the skiing, other skiers and staff, dining, the shopping and the smiles and friendliness. The skiing was wonderful! We are also big fans of Nelson, BC. Will go back next year! " Hedy V