The Whistler area will play host to the Momentum Ski Camps “Splashdown” event on Tuesday, July 6, where both professional skiers and campers alike will showcase their freestyle skills on the water ramps just off Blackcomb Mountain’s Base II Area. Olympic gold medalist Alex Bilodeau will have the honor of as serving as judge to the high-flying trickery of some of North America’s best skiers.
“Professional skiers including Colby West, Ian Cosco, Chris Turpin, Justin Dorey and Mike Riddle will be hucking their best tricks for the glory of walking away as champ of the water ramp,” says John Smart, Momentum Camp Director. “How cool is it going to be to see the top skiers trying the craziest airs they can dream up? Landing in water lets these guys get super creative and, who knows, maybe the next big trick for skiing will get thrown down for the first time here.”
The general public is welcome to join the Splashdown party from 4-6pm on Tuesday, July 6 and can access the legendary water ramps by parking in the upper lots on Blackcomb Mountain, taking transit to Base II or by walking up the slope under the Magic Chair from Blackcomb’s Upper Village.
Prize categories for the event will include best jump, most entertaining jump, best costume and biggest splash will be awarded.
The token “Spin to Win” title will also be given at the discretion of celebrity judges including Olympian Alex Bilodeau and the Godfather of Newschool, Mike Douglas. Splashdown’s sponsors Vitamin Water, Whistler Blackcomb, Roxy, Voleurz, Skull Candy, Salomon, Oakley, GoPro and Discrete Headwear will be stoking out top jumpers with prizing and the crowd will get in on the action as well.
Momentum Ski Camps prides themselves on developing their skiers in the safest manner possible. The water ramp is one of the many tools Momentum uses to maintain safety standards. Landing in water lets campers develop their aerial skills without the risk of serious injury. Once they have a trick dialed in the air and can land in water safely, they can take their trick to the snow with confidence. In addition, an air bag jump has also been installed on the glacier as another stepping stone for skiers learning new skills, while trampoline sessions down near camp lodging provide a first step to getting comfortable with air time.