The North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships Kick Off At Red Mountain Resort

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 20, 2012 12:22 pm

The senior portion of The North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships kicked off on Wednesday, January 18th, at RED Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada, with athletes qualifying for the semi-finals and finals. The Senior portion of the competition, which features athletes 19 years of age and older, follows the Junior Championships, which wrapped up on January 14th. Thanks to La Nina, which has dumped over 300 cm of snow on RED Mountain, the freeskiing venue is in excellent condition for the 73 athletes competing for this year’s $10,000 cash prize.

The Senior Open ranks competitors based on five criteria: line, control, fluidity, technique and aggression. This year the competition is fierce, with athletes coming from across Europe and North America. “The senior event this year is stronger than last year.”said Mika Hakkola, RED Mountain Resort’s Marketing and Communications Manager. “It is an exciting competition as we host the qualifier within our lift operated terrain and then move the athletes into “side country” terrain for the remainder of the competition.

“Side country”, is defined as back country terrain that is easily accessed from a ski area. The Senior Open qualifiers were held on Link’s Line under the Motherlode Chair and the finals will be held on the legendary Mount Roberts visible from a run called the “Ledges” – accessed from Motherlode or Paradise Chairs. Spectators can catch all the action with RED’s highly visible venues.

After the first day of competition, Julie Thomas, Aleta Corbett and Chandrima Lavoie finished first, second and third respectively for the women and Maud Bihan, Laurence Bachand and Jenny Strong lead the rankings for the men. There is still a lot more competition to come today and tomorrow though, so make sure to stay tuned!

For more information on the Freeskiing Championships, visit www.canadianopenfreeskiing.com.

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