The North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships finished up on Saturday, January 21st at RED Mountain Resort in ROSSLAND, B.C. The fresh snowfall got the competitors all fired up and leading the event to a strong finish.
“The event was one of the best yet. The conditions were great and the team worked together to finish the 2012 Canadian Open,” said Erik Kalacis, RED Mountain Resort’s General Manager. “There were a lot of volunteers involved in the event to make both the junior and senior events happen; a big thanks to their efforts. Thanks as well to all the competitors. We’re looking forward to a bigger and better event next year”.
Julie Thomas from Canmore, Canada took first place for the women’s side with a final score of 89.83. She was followed by Aleta Corbett, from Calgary with 82.60 and Tanya Callon of Whistler with 79.95.
The men’s division saw some steep competition with a narrow win by Adam McCraw from Lake Louise, Canada who finished big with a 98.60 final score. Laurent Gauthier of Pemberton, Canada who came close with a 98.53 and Richard Small of Revelstoke who earned 98.32 followed McCraw.
“There was some great skiing on the slopes of Mount Roberts. We had a really tight race at the end. The top 5 spots all fell within about 1 point so it was fractions that separated the top finishers.” noted Jeff Holden, the Canadian Open’s head judge. The top 5 men and women received prize money to a total cash purse of $10,000.
The Kokanee Afterparty was in Rafters Bar with DJ Incorrigible spinning tunes to a packed house. With athletes and spectators enjoying the festivities, The North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships concluded for another year.