Dec. 12, 2006
ROSSLAND, B.C. (Red Mountain Resort Press Release)—Ledcor Group of Companies is partnering with Red MountainResort to present the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships, Canada'sbiggest and longest running Big Mountain competition. From January 6-14thover 100 of the world's best freeskiiers will test their mettle on one ofthe toughest venues on the freeskiing circuit, Mt. Roberts, battling for a$10,000 cash purse.
A global construction company, Ledcor is presently working in the communityof Rossland at Red's condominium project "Slalom Creek". As a generalprinciple, Ledcor supports the community by providing local opportunitiesthrough employment and supplier contracts. James Sharko, Vice President ofthe Ledcor Kelowna Building Division says "We are very pleased to besponsoring the ski event as part of the Ledcor culture in supporting thecommunities we operate in."
From erecting a community centre in an isolated northern BC town to making amuch needed donation to a local food bank or building a specializedplayground for a children's hospice, Ledcor displays a wide range ofcommunity support through various donations and sponsorships. In addition,Ledcor has been a strong supporter of the United Way, last year achievingthe "Decade of Excellence" Award. [pagebreak] "We are ecstatic to have Ledcor as Presenting Sponsor for this world-classevent", states Erik Kalacis, Red Mountain Resort's Vice-President of Salesand Marketing. "Not only will Ledcor help elevate the production values ofthe event, their support marks the first major step in evolving the CanadianOpen Freeskiing Championship into a major multi-discipline competition. Itis our intention to add other freeskiing disciplines to this competition inthe future."
The format of the competition will follow the International Free SkiersAssociation's (IFSA) Big Mountain Freeskiing guidelines. Participatingathletes will be judged on line choice, fluidity, technique, aggression andcontrol. The IFSA recognizes the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship as"a pinnacle in North American competitive freeskiing". Top finishers at Redwill be eligible for the IFSA World Tour Pre-Qualified List. Jeff Holden,head judge of the competition last year, returns to lead his team of judgesfor another year. Captain Jack Carey returns as Chief of Competition.
Registration for the Open event is limited to skiers 19 years and older. OnJanuary 11th contestants will begin qualifications on Red's most difficultin-bounds run, Link's Line, to secure one of the 50 sought-after semifinalslots. Finalists will compete the following two days on the technical MountRoberts, visible to spectators from Red's Granite Mountain. [pagebreak]Event Schedule:
DateEvent & Location
Saturday Jan. 6th, 2007 - Junior Registration, Mandatory Meeting
Sunday Jan. 7th, 2007 - Junior Competition, Ages 11-18, Link's Line
Wednesday Jan. 10th, 2007 - Open Registration, Mandatory Meeting 7pm
Thursday Jan. 11th, 2007 - Open Qualifier, Ages 19+ only, Link's Line
Friday Jan. 12th, 2007 - Semi-Finals, Mount Roberts
Saturday Jan. 13th, 2007 - Finals, Mount Roberts, Awards Ceremony
Sunday Jan. 14th, 2007 - Weather Contingency Day
Back by popular demand, the Junior competition returns to Red for a secondyear for kids aged 11-18. Held on Link's Line underneath the MotherlodeChair, youths will participate in a one-day event on January 7th. Skiersfrom as far away as Utah and Vermont have signed up to test their skills onsome of the most challenging terrain in the region, pitting themselvesagainst the newest "up and comers" from the Kootenays.
For registration forms and more event information, please visitwww.canadianfreeskiing.com or phone Red Mountain Resort at (800) 663-0105.