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Apex welcomes NorAm freestyle

Freestyle mogul skiers from around the world will descend on Apex Mountain Resort to compete in NorAm championship

Future generations of Olympians will compete at Apex Mountain resort in the 2015 Nor Am moguls and dual moguls Jan. 22-15.

This event features 130-plus high calibre freestyle skiers one level below the world cup from Canada, including representation by B.C. and the Apex Freestyle Club (AFC) athletes, as well as USA, Australia, Japan, Germany and Bermuda. Representing AFC are Penticton’s Koleton Phipps and Kassidy Todd from Keremeos, while its alumni are West Kelowna’s Mason Barzilay, Port Moody’s Madison and Kyle Parker, West Kelowna’s Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Penticton’s Josh and Jordan Kober, as well as Noah Spence.

Spectators are encouraged to make the 30-minute drive and watch at no cost from the village or walk up to Kristi’s Run.  Official training began Thursday until Friday with mogul competitions on Saturday at 9:15 a.m with the ladies, then men’s qualifications scheduled for 11:15 a.m. The women’s and men’s finals begin at 1:45 p.m. On Sunday, dual mogul competitions begin at 10 a.m.

Leading up to the training, volunteers, including AFC moguls coach Kenni Kuroda were busy working on the course.

“The moguls got beaten up on the weekend,” said Kuroda, as the resort hosted the first Timber Tour and Super Youth event last weekend. “We decided to flatten the course and rebuild. It’s a lot of work. It’s well worth it. Makes the competition much better.”