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International Outdoor Product Manufacturer High Sierra Designed Specialized Product Line for all Seven Winter Sport Organizations

HS2TORONTO – September 17, 2015 – With the 2015-2016 snow sport season kicking off in just a few short weeks, the seven members of Snow Sports Canada happily took delivery of their first shipment of custom designed equipment bags from Official Supplier, High Sierra.

For the first time in the history of the seven member organizations, Team Canada national team athletes will now enjoy use of bags specifically designed and manufactured for the technical needs of their equipment. “We wanted to design a bag that fit the technical requirements of the athletes, and also represented Canadians as a whole.  I think we were able to achieve that goal with this amazing collection” said High Sierra Canada General Manager Paul DeCorso.

The teams and athletes will travel through five continents across the globe this season with High Sierra’s gear displaying a balanced mix of style and functionality, “We worked closely with Snow Sports Canada to decide which design best-represented the teams, as well as what technical features they needed,” added DeCorso.

The result is a unique bag design that will stand out from the crowd and add some signature Canadian swagger to the team gear. Fans, keep your eyes open for them on World Cup hills across the globe this fall. “High Sierra’s partnership with Snow Sports Canada brings an essential and  dependable luggage component to our team. This has been accomplished through attention to the grinding travel needs of sport – airline drubbing, jamming into vans and recurrent movement between training and race sites. This durability is combined with a distinguished look and functional features that boosts our athletes’ ability to embrace the mobility of our sport.” – Thomas Holland, High Performance Director, Cross Country Ski Canada.

To learn more about High Sierra’s range of unique bags and products, visit www.highsierra.ca. To learn more about the partnership between High Sierra and Snow Sports Canada visit our website www.snowsportscanada.ca.

 

Snow Sports Canada is a partnership of seven of Canada’s premier winter sport organizations that have joined forces to support the overall development of winter sport in our country. Representing over 93,000 registered members and 5.4 million recreational participants, Snow Sports Canada seeks to leverage the combined experience and expertise of their coaches, trainers, athletes and support staff to deliver high performance content to recreational snow sport participants in Canada. Snow Sports Canada’s mission is to ensure the safe participation in, and growth of, winter sport in Canada by providing access to the expertise of our national teams and to support the development of winter sport through the acquisition of corporate partners. The seven member NSO’s of Snow Sports Canada are Alpine Canada Alpin, Biathlon Canada, Canada Snowboard, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Cross Country Canada, Nordic Combined Ski Canada and Ski Jumping Canada.
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Nathan Smith

The month of March always signifies the last full month of competition for our snow sport athletes. From the final alpine world cup races in France, to the end of the biathlon world cup season in Russia, to our cross country athletes wrapping up their season in Norway, it has been an exciting time for our fans. Fans across Canada had a blast cheering our athletes on down the homestretch and watching them #goforgold one last time.

During the month of March, biathlete Nathan Smith finished his breakout season by making history for Biathlon Canada. Coming off a strong February in which he had career best finishes of 5th and 7th, Smith went on to win the silver medal at the world championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, finish 5th in a sprint race in Russia, and then win gold in the pursuit race only a couple days later.   These results represented a series of milestones both for Smith as an athlete, and for Biathlon Canada:

  • First Canadian male to win a medal at the Biathlon World Championships
  • Second Canadian male to win a biathlon world cup gold medal
  • First Canadian male to win a both a world championship and world cup biathlon medal in the same season

With such a record-setting month, Nathan Smith is deservedly the Snow Sports Canada Athlete of the Month for March. Congratulations Nathan!

Notable Performances

Nathan Smith wasn’t the only Snow Sports Canada athlete who truly owned the snow in March. In fact, during the last work cup stops many of our athletes rose to the challenge and put in some of their best performances of the season. We now would like to acknowledge the following athletes for their strong performances at their respective final world cup events of the 2015-’16 season:

  • Taylor Henrich won her second bronze medal of the season at the final event in Norway
  • Dustin Cook won the alpine super-g in Meribel, France to end a breakout season
  • Chris Robanske finished the season on a high note, winning snowboard cross gold in Spain
  • Cassie Sharpe & Mike Riddle both won gold at the final halfpipe event in Tignes, France
  • Brady Leman stole silver at the last ski cross race of 2015 in Megeve, France

Congratulations to all of our athletes as they wrapped up the season in style and continued to show the world that when it comes to snow sports, no team is better than #TeamCanada

 

Riddle & Sharpe

Double Halfpipe Gold in France

Cassie Sharpe and Mike Riddle both won gold in the final FIS world cup halfpipe event of the season in Tignes, France late last week. For Sharpe, it was her first world cup victory, and came against a field stacked with X Games and Olympic medalists. The gold medal for Riddle was the first time he has stood on the FIS podium since winning the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Gagnon Just Off the Podium

Finishing 14th after the first run, Marie-Michele Gagnon put down the third-fastest second run of the day to move up to a 5th place final result. Just 15 hundredths of a second off the podium, it was another strong result for the Alpine Canada athlete who has five top-10 finishes on the season.

Henrich Finishes Breakout Season on a High Note

Taylor Henrich has had a historic season for Ski Jumping Canada, landing the first Canadian women’s ski jumping world cup podium earlier this year, followed by an impressive fifth place result at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden. At the final world cup event of the year, Henrich capped off a record-setting season for Ski Jumping Canada by securing her second bronze medal of the season, finishing third in Norway.

Maltais & Hill Dominate in Veysonnaz

Two-time Olympian Dominique Maltais and 2015 World Championships silver-medallist Kevin Hill were dominant at the two snowboard cross races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland over the weekend. Maltais finished 4th and 1st, respectively, in the two races, while Hill took home two medals, winning bronze in both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Moguls Women Lead the Charge in Final Event of the Season

In the last event of what has been a truly remarkable and historic season for Canada’s moguls’ team, the women put on a dominating performance in Megeve, France, finishing with five athletes in the top six. Only the gold medal was to be missed by the female Canadian contingent this day.

Canada led the way with end-of-season awards, with Mikael Kingsbury taking his fourth consecutive crystal globe as the overall points leader, Philippe Marquis finishing third overall, and Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe taking second and third overall, respectively, to conclude the season. Canada was also named the Nations Cup winner, as the leading moguls’ nation on the season.

Leman Pulls Off Slick Move to Steal Silver

In only his second podium of the season, Brady Leman pulled off a gutsy move two thirds of the way down the race course in Megeve, France to move from fourth to second in the final world cup race of the season. A strong podium finish to the season for an athlete that had five top-ten performances on the world cup circuit.

 

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Goggle Tans

The easiest way to spot an avid spring skier or snowboarder is from the deep goggle tan. With the sun beating down all day, your goggles are always squarely positioned on your face to protect you from the sun’s rays. The spring skiing goggle tan is unavoidable, and returning  home with a goggle tan should be regarded as the mark of a successful ski trip!

Warm Weather

There’s nothing worse than stepping outside for a morning on the mountain, the bitter cold hitting you so hard you bury your face in the neck of your jacket. You are left counting down the runs until that first hot chocolate break, not enjoying the ride. On the flip side, spring skiing means heading up the mountain with a nice warm breeze, bright blue sky, and the sun shining. Hello spring!

Puddle Jump

Any snow sports resort that likes to have fun will host a puddle jump. It’s simple – bring in a tarp, dig a hole near the bottom of a run, and fill it with water! After that, take turns hiking the hill, skiing down, and skipping across the slushy pond (usually in a variety of costumes and retro ski suits). Just make sure to get enough speed to get across, or you’ll quickly end up waist deep in water!

Patios

Being outdoors is always better than being indoors. You know it, I know it, and the whole snow sports community knows it. With the arrival of spring, gone are the days of cramming into a busy bar or restaurant to begin your après after a day on the mountain. With the warmer weather and sunny days, you can move your après outside to the patio – right where you belong.

Outdoor Lunches

On the topic of patios, there’s nothing better than a lunch outside. Whether it’s a picnic, a home-made sandwich stuffed into a pocket, or take out from the lodge, there’s just something about taking a midday lunch break on the mountain that’ll put a smile on your face!

Layer Down

It’s a morning ritual – throw on the base layers, mittens, toque, sweater, socks, more socks, jacket, snow pants, and anything else you can possibly find before heading outside. Well no more! With the spring season comes snow pants with the vents open, thin neon jackets and – if you can believe it – only one pair of socks!

Longer Days

Longer days means more sunshine, and more time to spend on the mountain. Need I say more?

The Party Chair

Gone are the days of burrowing your face into your jacket, balling your fingers up inside your gloves, and asking yourself why your toe warmers aren’t doing anything. Now that spring is here, chair rides are another time to socialize on the mountain, discuss après plans, appreciate the scenery, and enjoy the ride to the top!

Shorter Lift Lines

After the March Break is over for schools, the mountain will start to be less and less busy – which means shorter lift lines. And what do shorter lift lines mean? Well, more runs of course! With less time standing around at the bottom waiting to load the chair or gondola, you’ll be getting much more bang for your buck when purchasing those lift tickets. Which leads into the next reason…

Cheap Tickets

Cheap lift tickets! With prices drastically lower than during the busy season of January and February, spring is the best time to score inexpensive lift tickets. With all the money you save on lift tickets, you can now spend an extra day on the mountain, and turn that weekend trip into a long weekend.

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Alex Harvey is one of Canada’s greatest all-time Nordic athletes, and this February he proved why. Harvey’s first podium result came in Ostersund, Sweden, when he won a silver medal in the sprint event. Only a few short days later at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden, Harvey added to his collection with a silver and a bronze – raising the total number of career world championships medals won by Harvey to four.

Having already won world championships medals in the form of a gold in 2011 in the team sprint, and bronze in 2013 in the individual sprint, Harvey completed the trifecta on the opening day of the 2015 world championships when he won silver in the individual sprint. Not satisfied, Harvey again stood on the podium only a few days later, securing bronze in the skiathlon. With three medals in the month of February alone, Alex Harvey is the Snow Sports Canada Athlete of the Month!

Notable Performances

  • Dustin Cook became the newest member of the Canadian Cowboys when he reached the podium at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado this month.
  • Nathan Smith had a month to remember, recording back-to-back career-best finishes at biathlon world cup events in the Czech Republic, finishing 5th and 7th while shooting clean in back-to-back races, a first on the world cup for Smith.
  • Taylor Henrich continued her breakout season with a fifth place finish at the world championships in Falun, the best ever result by a female Canadian ski jumper at a world championships.
  • Snow Jamboree was a huge success, with three Canadians standing on the podium, led by a 1-2 finish by Darcy Sharpe and Tyler Nicholson in the big air event, and capped off with a gold medal from Michael Ciccarelli in the slopestyle.

 

 

It was thrilling watching all of our athletes excel on the world stage this February, and let’s cheer on Canada as we slide into March!

 

Apres Picture

Ah, the après ski. A tradition with deep roots from the Alps to the Rockies. Is there anything better than spending a day on the slopes with fresh snow, a clear blue sky and warm sunshine followed by an ice-cold beer (or a shot of peach schnapps perhaps)? Don’t miss out on the après experience this winter, and check out five of our favourite après ski locations in the Great White North!

Whistler, BC

Whistler is the big kid on the block. With the most skiable terrain of any resort in North America, Whistler attracts a staggering number of visitors to its slopes every year. To match the crowd, the Whistler Village has developed over the years into one of the most extensive mountain resort villages in the world – with dining, hotel, and entertainment options to fit anyone. Looking to sit in an Adirondack chair with a beer in your hand? The massive patio at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill at the base of the mountain is calling your name. Want to dig in to some pulled pork nachos and listen to live music? Dusty’s at the base of Whistler is just for you, with some of the best BBQ in BC. And if mingling with the locals and practicing your Aussie accent is your thing (there are lots of them in Whistler), then head over to El Furniture Warehouse in the heart of the village and immerse yourself in a true Whistler après. If your après starts to head late into the night, then make sure to make your way to Moe Joe’s, where you won’t be the only one hitting the dancefloor in ski boots!

Mont. Tremblant, QC

Known as the jewel of Quebec, Mont Tremblant has been attracting snow sports enthusiasts for decades. With terrain for all abilities, and a village to match, it’s no wonder that so many people visit every winter Of course, a visit to Tremblant isn’t complete without a stop at the sugar shack, where you can indulge in maple taffy, soft ice cream with maple butter, and other delicious Quebecois treats. After having a few frosty beers at one of the many bars at the base of the mountain, stroll through the village to La Savoie for a traditional raclette dinner, and to sample the numerous beers brewed on-site at their brewpub. To keep the après going strong, head over to Le P’tit Caribou and live the ‘Caribou Experience’ – frequently rated one of the best après-ski bars in North America. Just make sure to grab a beaver tail before you head home!

Big White, BC

This resort located near Kelowna, BC has an enviable reputation of consistent snowfall – and with a 30-year average of 655cm, highlighted by a whopping 889cm in 2013, it’s no surprise that mountain enthusiast flock here every winter. As the powder hounds descend off the mountain, most are looking for a comfortable place to sit down and enjoy a cold beer – and Big White doesn’t disappoint. Snowshoe Sam’s, frequently rated the #1 après ski pub in North America, has been serving skiers and snowboarders alike beverages, food, live music, and great vibes for years. Big White is also known for their family-friendly atmosphere, with daily activities focussed on the whole family available in the village centre mall. And if you’re in the mood to sit around with friends and family to enjoy some great food and conversation in an inviting atmosphere, make sure to make a reservation at Sis Degrees Bistro, a first-class tapas restaurant in the village.

Banff, AB

Ok, so while not technically an ‘après’ spot, Banff is just down the road from Sunshine and Lake Louise, both world-class resorts. Banff is renowned as a natural wonder in Canada, with scenic mountain backdrops that appeal to travellers from all over the globe. In addition to the natural beauty of Banff, the town is well-geared towards entertaining – with over 100 bars, restaurants and nightclubs open until the wee hours of the morning able to provide an unparalleled après experience. No matter what your taste is, Banff is able to provide for it and offer an incredible, truly Canadian après!

Blue Mountain, ON

Just an hour and a half north of Toronto you will find Blue Mountain, a well-developed snow sports haven nestled along the southern edge of Georgian Bay, just outside of the town of Collingwood. With 13 lifts and 42 trails, Blue Mountain has something for everyone. After spending a day on snow, visitors love to relax at the Scandinave Spa, a luxurious Nordic spa experience nestled on 25 acres of pristine Niagara Escarpment land. Sitting in a Nordic waterfall while gazing on the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment is a truly special après experience. If the spa isn’t your thing, don’t worry – the village at Blue Mountain has a number of watering holes to quench your thirst after a day on the slopes. A stones throw from the hill is Rusty’s, a well-equipped bar with tons of outdoor space on their patio (and a great dancefloor inside for those that are interested!). On the other side of the village, Jozo’s is a local’s favourite, with cheap pitchers and live music most nights – you’re certain to see more than a few lifty’s and instructors sharing a drink here long after the hills are closed. And hey, if you’re up for it, Blue Mountain also has night skiing – just make sure not to après too much before going back out on the hill!

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Aerials Team Soars to the Finals in Moscow

The Canadian aerials team put in their strongest performance of the season this past Saturday under the lights in Moscow, Russia. Travis Gerrits and Olivier Rochon finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead an excellent result for the Canadian team. Canada was the only nation to have two athletes in the six-man final round.

“This is why I’ve always believed in Travis so much. I know what he’s capable of. He was more consistent and his landings are becoming better.” –Dennis Capicik, Head Coach

Taylor Henrich Stays Hot at World Championships

Henrich has been the toast of the Canadian ski jumping world ever since she made history with a podium in Germany earlier this year. She continued the strong season at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden this weekend with a fifth place finish in the ski jump – Canada’s best ever results by a female ski jumper at a world championships. Henrich won the qualification event on Thursday, but unfortunately a strong wind mid-jump made it unable for her to ace the landing, causing the judges to dock points and see her position slip to fifth.

Alex Harvey Makes History in Falun

First a silver, then a bronze for Alex Harvey in Sweden. At the biggest event of the year, the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, Harvey put in one of the best performances of his career when he won the silver medal in the sprint race this past Thursday. Not happy with just one medal, Harvey became the first Canadian cross country skier to win two medals in a world championships when he finished third in the gruelling skiathlon two days later. Congratulations Alex!

Canada Snowboard Comes Up Big on Home Soil

One of the most exciting snow sports events on home soil, the Snowboard Jamboree, was hosted by Stoneham & Quebec City this past weekend. Under the bright lights of Quebec City, Darcy Sharpe and Tyler Nicholson went 1-2 in the big air event to lead the way for Canada Snowboard on the podium. Over in Stoneham, Michael Ciccarelli was leading a golden rush of his own, stealing the show and finishing first in the slopestyle event. Way to make your country proud guys!

Big Air 2014

Hosting The World’s Best Since 2005

Since 2005, the FIS Snowboard World Cup has been a must-see event in Quebec, hosting some of the best snowboard athletes from around the world. Held this year from February 19th-22nd in Quebec City and Stoneham, the event will be 100% freestyle for 2015. Featuring both slopestyle and big air world cup events, including for the first time a women’s big air, the jamboree never fails to put on a show. The action is highlighted this year by the big air finals on Friday night in Quebec City, followed up by the slopestyle finals on Saturday afternoon. To see all the events planned for the 2015 Snowboard Jamboree, make sure to check out the Snowboard Jamboree website.

Quick Facts

  • 16th edition of the world cup tour stop in Quebec
  • 9th edition of the Snowboard Jamboree Festival
  • 100% freestyle
  • Over 50,000 expected visitors
  • 500 volunteers
  • Two world cup & three amateur events
  • Over 200 athletes from 20 countries

The Atmosphere

With five official Snowboard Jamboree parties, musical performances, amateur and world cup events, and 50,000 screaming fans, this is no ordinary snowboard world cup event. The Jamboree is a celebration of freestyle snowboarding at its finest – and one that can’t be missed. Watch this highlight reel from the 2014 big air and see for yourself.

Reppin’ the Maple Leaf in 2015

Canadian slopestyle and big air athletes have been turning heads on the world stage this year, with the likes of Tyler Nicholson, Mikey Ciccarelli and Darcy Sharpe putting in strong results this season. On the women’s side, Jenna Blasman has shown that she can compete with the best, and will be looking to prove that once again in Quebec. Make sure to root for all our athletes at the 2015 Snowboard Jamboree, and cheer them on as they go for gold on home soil!

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One of the biggest events of the nordic skiing season, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, is just around the corner. With huge crowds, the best athletes from around the world, and a variety of events, this is a can’t-miss event for any nordic skiing fan. Read on to get familiar with the event, meet the athletes, and brush up on your knowledge of Team Canada!

Location

A city of 38,000 inhabitants, located in Sweden, Falun was named a world heritage site in 2001 by the United Nations. Falun has a history of hosting many high-level nordic skiing events, including the world championships. Currently held every other year, Falun has hosted the world championships three times – in ’54, ’74 & ’93. In 1954, an estimated 115,000 spectators watched 500 athletes from 21 nations compete, and while doing so set a record for attendance at a single winter sport event in Sweden when 50,000 watched the ski jumping final. The record wouldn’t be broken until Falun again hosted the nordic world championships, in 1993.

Falun 2015

The world championships contain three disciplines of nordic skiing – cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined, the latter of which is a combination sport consisting of one run of ski jumping, and one run of cross country. Canada has hosted the nordic skiing world championships once, in 1995 in Thunder Bay, and this marked only the second time the event had been held outside of Europe. Spread out over eleven competition days, there are twelve different races on the programme for both men and women. The event kicks off Feb. 18th and wraps up March 1st.

Building on Success in 2013

Although Canada failed to win a medal when it hosted the event in ’95, Team Canada has since won three medals at the world championships – one gold and two bronze medals. Canada’s most accomplished cross-country skiing athlete, Alex Harvey, has won a medal in each of the last two world championships – a gold in the team sprint in 2011 in Norway with team-mate Devon Kershaw, and a bronze in the individual sprint event in 2013 in Italy.

Our Athletes

This year, Canada will look to build on its success of late at the world championships, and add to its medal count. The following athletes will represent Cross Country Canada:

Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov, Len Valijad, Jesse Cockney, Graeme Killick, Perianne Jones, Emily Nishikawa & Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt.

Join us in cheering on our athletes as they compete to show the world that #weownsnow

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Dustin Cook Becomes the Eighth Member of the Canadian Cowboys

After posting four top-20 results so far this season, you could tell that something great was bound to happen for Dustin Cook soon. That something occurred this past Thursday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek when Cook secured a silver medal in the super-g race. With his first podium result at a world cup or world championships, Cook will officially be able to call himself a Canadian Cowboy, and joins an illustrious group that includes Erik Guay, John Kuchera, Francois Bourque, Benjamin Thomsen, Jan Hudec, Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis. Congratulations Dustin!

 

Kingsbury Rules the Podium in Val Saint-Côme

Mikaël Kingsbury has now won 26 world cup titles, but going into this weekend he had never won a world cup single mogul event in his home province of Quebec. That all changed when Kingsbury beat out Australian Matt Graham to take home the gold at a world cup event in Val Saint-Côme over the weekend. On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Audrey Robichaud took home silver and bronze, respectively, en route to helping the Canadian team secure three out of six podium spots at the event.

 

Nathan Green Inches Closer To The Podium With Clean Shooting

Biathlon Canada’s Nathan Green had the best weekend of his young career, finishing 7th and 5th in world cup events in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic over the weekend. Behind some strong shooting, which saw Green shoot clean in back-to-back events, the young 2014 Olympian posted career best results, and proved that he is a podium threat on a Canadian team brimming with young talent.

 

Chris Del Bosco Leads Canada’s Ski Cross Team in Switzerland

The Alpine Canada Ski Cross Team went 1-2 in the men’s small final on back-to-back days in Arosa, Switzerland this past weekend, led by strong results from Olympian Chris Del Bosco. Tristan Tafel won the small final on Friday to finish fifth, while Del Bosco was right behind him in sixth. On Saturday it was Del Bosco’s time to lead, winning the small final ahead of teammate Brady Leman to help Canada secure fifth and sixth place finishes once again. With the strong weekend results, Del Bosco now moves into 10th place in the overall world cup standings, while Leman leads the way for Alpine Canada in 7th place overall.

FIS Alpine Ski World Champs

Set to take place from February 2nd to the 15th of 2015, the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships bring together the best alpine ski racing athletes from around the world for two weeks of competition. This will be only the fourth time that the world championships will be held in North America. The Vail Valley has hosted the event twice before – in 1989 and 1999.

Canada has a history of strong results at the world championships. Erik Guay, currently recovering from off-season knee surgery, won the downhill title in 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany while Canadian John Kucera was the reigning world champion at the time, having won the title in 2009 in Val d’Isere.

“Garmisch has always been a good place for me ever since I’ve come onto the World Cup,” Guay said. “It’s just one of those places I feel right.”

Unfortunately for Alpine Canada, the speed team will be a little light this year, as Jan Hudec suffered a torn meniscus racing the men’s downhill in Val Gardena, Italy on January 19th. Hudec tied for bronze in the super-g at the Sochi Olympics, the first medal in alpine skiing for Canada in two decades.

The events kick off with the ladies super-g on January 3rd, followed by the men’s super-g on the 4th. Make sure to check out the full event schedule here and also catch all the action on Sportsnet. Join us in cheering on our athletes as they go for gold and race to become crowned world champions!

 

For more information on Alpine Canada, visit their website here

For more information on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, click here

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If we were to sum up the month of January for our athletes in one word, it would be – wow. Our athletes proved once again that on snow, they are the best in the world. From gold medals at the X Games, to podium sweeps in Austria and making history in Germany, our team has been dominant so far this season – which makes choosing one athlete among them all as our Athlete of the Month a difficult task.

There was however one athlete who had a truly historic start to the season, and a dominant January. Your Snow Sports Canada athlete of the month for January is Mikaël Kingsbury.

Kingsbury has had an amazing month of competition in January, winning five gold medals and one silver through six competitions. Kingsbury is on top of the leaderboard with 429 points, 204 points up on fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis who sits second with 225 points. At just 22 years of age, Kingsbury is a bonafide star on the moguls world cup circuit, and will be one to watch for years to come. Congratulations on a stellar month of competition Mikaël!

Honourable Mention

  1. Marielle Thompson
  2. Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Historic Performances

  • Taylor Henrich became the first Canadian woman to stand on the ski jumping world cup podium after she finished third in a world cup event in Germany. Taylor also had another first for Canada, as she placed first in the qualification round prior to the final event. Congratulations on an historic achievement Taylor!
  • Simon d’Artois became the first Canadian to win a superpipe gold medal when he won the X Games event in Aspen. Check out Simon’s jaw-dropping winning run:

 

 

Congratulations to all of our athletes on a strong January, and let’s keep the momentum rolling into February! #weownsnow