World's Best Skiers & Snowboarders Compete in Whistler April 14-23 - Ski Mag

World's Best Skiers & Snowboarders Compete in Whistler April 14-23

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TELUS Big Air

April 8, 2006

Whistler, BC - (News Release) - The best professional skiers and snowboarders in the world will converge in Whistler April 14-23 to compete in four major competitions at this year's TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival. For the first time in the Festival's history, skiers and snowboarders will compete together in all events, adding an entirely new dimension to the competitions. The athletes are competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Kicking off the first weekend from April 14-16 is the all new 100% athlete-designed Stompede, taking place in a specially-built arena coursecomprised of massive snow features and a 20 foot Quarter-Pipe at the top of Whistler Mountain. Skiers and riders will compete in a fast-moving session, feeding off each other's energy to take their tricks to the next level. The skiers and riders will be judged and awarded separately. With the course easily accessible from the Whistler Express Gondola and the RoundhouseLodge, specially discounted foot-passenger tickets can be purchased online at whistler2006.com/stompede.

Moving from daylight to darkness, the nighttime McDonald's Rail Session in Whistler Village on Saturday April 15 is a spectacle not to be missed. Fuelled by the DJs of Team Canada, spotlights, dancers and a capacity crowd, ten top riders will meet ten top skiers for a fast-moving, rail-sliding showdown. Two new rails for 2006 are set to take the competition to the nextlevel.

Sending the Festival into overdrive, the infamous Salomon Superpipe runs from April 17-22, with both the skier and snowboarder SuperFinals taking place on Saturday April 22. With skier Superpipe the hottest new-schooldiscipline, and snowboard pipe an Olympic discipline, the crowd can be assured of incredible athletic action. Perhaps the highlight is the contest after the contest: the SuperHit. Both skiers and snowboarders will take to the pipe to lay down their single best trick. Judged by the riders themselves, this is the event that brings out all the cameras.

The grand finale of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the legendary Big Air, presented by PlayStation. More than 15,000 spectators are expected to watch 10 skiers and 10 snowboarders take to the flight deck onlymetres away from the concert stage, to the sounds of hip hop heavyweights Blackalicious. As Transworld Media claims, this is "the best big air in the world."

Some of the biggest names will be participating including Canadian Olympians Mercedes Nicoll, Maelle Ricker, Justin Lamoureux, Brad Martin and Crispin Lipscomb. Other athletes invited to compete include Tanner Hall, Jon Olsson, Sarah Burke, TJ Schiller, Peter Olenick, Candide Thovex, Torah Bright, Jan Michaelis and many more. For more information on the competitions including athletes lists, competition schedules and formats, visit www.whistler2006.com.

The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is produced by W1 Inc., an award-winning sports & entertainment marketing company with offices inWhistler and Vancouver, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. W1 is best known for founding and producing the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America - the TELUSWorld Ski & Snowboard Festival, featuring major professional skiing and snowboarding competitions, the largest free outdoor concert series in Canada, the legendary Pro Photographer and Filmmaker Showdowns, and many more unique art and cultural showcases. Founded in 1993, W1 has staged over 400 concerts and produced television specials for distribution in 120countries. Please visit w1.ca for information on W1, and whistler2006.com for details on the 2006 TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, this yearfrom April 14-23.

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