Young skiers take to Silver Star for Canadian Junior National Championships


The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association’s junior skiers are just a day away from the Difference Capital Canadian Junior Nationals presented by Banister GM, taking place in Vernon, BC from April 1-5. With divisions ranging from U-14 to U-20, this is an excellent opportunity for dedicated young skiers to showcase their talent on a national stage.

CFSA Sport Development Director, Meredith Gardner, says “The Canadian Jr.

National Freestyle Ski Championships brings together Canada’s best and brightest athletes to compete for national titles in the disciplines of moguls, dual moguls, air, big air and slopestyle. We consider this event to be the jewel in our Canada Cup events crown and we look forward to seeing strong new talent emerge from our coaches and athletes every year.”

Slopestyle –
The slopestyle course is comprised of rails, jumps and other terrain park features, allowing the athletes to use their technical abilities in a creative way. This sport has gained immense popularity over the last few years, including its monumental Olympic debut in Sochi last year. As a sport that is rooted in action sports, such as BMX biking and skateboarding, slopestyle has been very successful transitioning into the world of snow sports. The athletes in this competition will gain points based on amplitude, originality and the quality of their tricks with the best of two runs counting towards their official result. The competition will be held on April 1st between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. PT at the Rockstar Training Park, Silver Star Mountain.

Big Air/Air – This relatively young discipline involves athletes performing single and double tricks off of a 60 foot jump. While it is not an Olympic discipline at this point, this sport allows athletes to develop their technical and acrobatic skills. The athletes will be judged based on amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. The big air and air competitions will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 2nd at the Lower Christmas Bowl, Silver Star Mountain.

Moguls – The two branches of moguls disciplines in this competition are moguls and dual moguls. The single and dual moguls events are all about speed, agility and athleticism. The moguls event consists of a single skier navigating a challenging downhill course full of bumps and turns, as well as two jumps throughout the course. In the dual moguls discipline, the skiers race on a similar course but head-to-head in knockout rounds. In both variations, the athletes are judged based on the quality of their turns, their jumps and their speed. The moguls event will take place on April 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT at The Face, Silver Star Mountain. The dual moguls event will follow on April 4th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT at The Face, Silver Star Mountain.

Age Groups
This Junior National competition will consist of three different age groups: U-14, U-16, and a combined U-18 and U-20 division. At each level, the athletes will compete for medals in the individual disciplines of slopestyle, big air, air, dual moguls and single moguls in men’s and women’s divisions. There will also be combined medals awarded for moguls/air, slopestyle/big air and – at the U-14 level only – combined slopestyle/big air/air/moguls and a Freestyle skills champion.

In last year’s Junior National competition in Le Relais, Québec, the dual moguls champions were Alysse Volpe and Brayden Kuroda in the U-14 division, Valérie Gilbert and Robbie Andison in the U-16 division, and Julie Bergeron and Brenden Kelly in the U-18 and U-20. Bergeron and Kelly are now competing on the Senior National Team, a testament to the importance of this competition for young aspiring National Team members.

Only a 30 minute drive from Vernon, it is free to come out and watch these talent young athletes compete for a Junior National title. We encourage you to join us at Silver Star Mountain from April 1st-4th in supporting the aspirations of these up and coming Canadian stars!

Photo: Cole Hofstra

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Scott Harrigan
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