Good news for all the competitive Canadian freestyle skiers out there. The Quebec government has decided to spend CAN $2.5 million on a new winter training facility in the province at Val-Saint-Come in the Lanaudiere region, north of Montreal.
It will be called the Freestyle Excellence Centre and will have FIS-standard mogul and aerial sites in addition to a chalet and infrastructure to support training and competitions at the resort.
Here’s Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge: “To have this kind of world class facility available and dedicated full time for training and domestic events in eastern Canada is amazing. One of the most difficult issues for domestic athletes is reliable access to courses and terrain that can challenge them and optimize their development.
“The Val-Saint-Côme Centre will complement what has been done in the West at WinSport Canada’s facilities in Calgary. Quebec has a significant and proud heritage in Freestyle and the investment by the Government of Quebec in partnership with Val-Saint-Côme, which has established itself as a strong supporter of Freestyle, will ensure that future generations of athletes will be produced from this region,” Judge continued. “We are extremely grateful to Minister Michelle Courchesne, the Government of Quebec, and Station Touristique Val-Saint-Côme for this significant and important investment in sport. We also salute the representatives from Fédération québécoise de ski acrobatique who have worked, and will continue to work, to make this dream a reality.”
The Centre should be ready to go for next season, and it plans on hosting the Canadian Series, NorAm and Canadian National events.