APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT will host 90 mogul freestyle skiers in the Toyo Canadian Selections which will feature athletes from Canada

Top mogul skiers to take slopes at Apex

Apex Mountain will have the best mogul skiers not on the World Cup competing in the Canadian Selections camp.

The best mogul freestyle skiers not on the World Cup circuit will be at Apex Mountain Resort Dec. 15 to 18.

They are competing in the seventh Canada Cup Series Toyo Canadian Selections. A total of 90 skiers from Canada, U.S., Japan, Korea and Australia look to have strong showings with spots on the NorAm circuit on the line.

“It’s a very important event for NorAm selections this year,” said Julie Steggall, high performance athlete development director for Freestyle Canada. “This is definitely an important event in so many ways. I like to put the focus on what it does for the athletes developmentally.”

READ MORE:AFC alum lands gold

Steggall said what they would like to see from their national team skiers is landing on the podium. However, the main thing is seeing first is that the athletes are improving upon their last year’s skills.

“This event really started because Canada wanted to have a better scope on what their athletes were doing year to year,” said Steggall. “It actually started out as a camp and running assessments to assess how the athletes are skiing. What their physical capabilities are. It kind of grew because there’s a lot of international interest here to compete. We also see as a form for developing our athletes in a more rounded way. When they can compete against foreign skiers, in our home ground, it’s better. It gives us a better scope too.”

In past years, the Apex Freestyle Club has had members participate to gain experience. That won’t be the case this year as coach Kenni Kuroda said he doesn’t have athletes ready for this level. However, AFC have 10 alumni who are competing with Team B.C. and Alberta. On the B.C. team are Brayden Kuroda, Kassidy Todd (Keremeos), Madison Parker, Joe Durham, Shaina Finlayson, Chloe Kober and Hayden Person. On the Alberta side are Koleton Phipps, Mackenzie Schwinghamer of West Kelowna and Jamie Rykuiter of Vernon.

“That says a lot about our club moving kids up,” said Kuroda. “I’m thrilled for them. This is the next step. This is what they have been waiting for.”

The NorAm Tour will have a grand prix at season’s end which ranks the skiers in Canada and the U.S. Stegall described it as a level where skiers can get World Cup-style experience.

This is the seventh year the event takes place at Apex Mountain; Freestyle Canada comes because the resort is reliable. She also praised the volunteers that support the event.

“We couldn’t do the event without them,” said Steggall. “The quality of the course they have too is the type of course that we need to have early season so the athletes are ready for the NorAm circuit. It’s the right level of difficulty to prepare them for NorAm. As well, it’s not too challenging  that they can train their skills in a safe environment.”

 

 

 

Just Posted

Penticton Speedway revved up to celebrate 50 years

The season will see go-carts and new races in part of its 50th anniversary

Video: Penticton vape store owner distraught over thefts

Video shows two suspects enter the Penticton store

Hundreds join in Easter Fun Days in Keremeos

Kids and parents enjoyed some free family fun time at Don and Anna’s in Keremeos.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sun makes way for rain clouds

Environment Canada is forecasting a mixed bag of conditions

Maxime Bernier, leader of People’s Party of Canada, to rally support in Kelowna

The PPC has 36,000 member and plans to run candidates in all 338 ridings

VIDEO: Weekday weather update for the Okanagan Valley

Rain, clouds and sun are in the forecast for the region

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Vernon mountain property owners launch fundraising campaign

Silver Star Association fighting high sewage rates; names committee to oversee campaign, funds

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Big Sugar headlines Gonzo Okanagan tournament and festival

The second annual event will take place June 14

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Salmon Arm inventor creates rooftop sprinklers to protect from wildfires

The Water Winger can be placed at the peak of a roof without climbing a ladder

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Most Read