- March 2008 - After four seasons in Mammoth, CA, the "Anti Comp" has moved to Whistler and is packing major party favors. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of skiing's most well known head-to-head, team-based slopestyle event, the stage has been set.
Making up the competition roster will be team Volkl (the champs from Masters IV), as well as teams from Salomon, Dynastar, Rossignol, 4 Front, Line, K2, and Armada.
Each team consists of 3 men and one female athlete, and with names like Sammy Carlson, Jacob Wester, Phil Casabon, Jen Hudak, Kim Lamarre, Tim Russel, Colby West, Ashley Battersby, Sean Petit, PK Hunder, Sean Decker, Charles Gagnier, Matt Hayward, Mike Riddle and Justin Dorey. There's no better place to witness skiing's best.
The Orage Masters has built a reputation for its off hill antics just as much as its on-course mayhem. The Masters is a celebration of the new ski lifestyle and its athletes... aside from the costume clad competitors, the Masters madness will be hosted by the one and only MC extraordinaire and official ski motor mouth, Luke Van Valin (who this year will be accompanied by legendary KISS front man, Gene Simmons, from time to time). God only knows what will come out of their mouths.
Up for grabs is a prize vault unlike any other event, with snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, all expenses paid vacations to anywhere on the planet, Wii entertainment systems, Sirius Satellite Radios, Telus Mobile phones with two-year service contracts, and loads of digital electronic goodies.
Also new this year (due to a recent injury), will be the first ever appearance by Orage team rider and X Games gold medalist TJ Schiller, sitting proudly behind the wheel of the snowcat. TJ will be acting as the Armada team captain and course design guest of honor.
Adding to the festivities will be the Orage/Freeskier "Heaven & Hell" Party Presented by Kokanee and Monster energy drink, a two-level, fire-breathing, post-event bash taking place at The Savage Beagle on Sunday night, April 13, in the Whistler village.
And last but not least, also worthy of mention are Orage's 30-man village assault team, the live event webcast on
, and the onsite jumbo-tron insuring that the 250,000 festival goers have no potential to escape the clutches of the Masters.