On Jan. 14-17, the best freestyle slope and halfpipe skiers will descend on Whistler-Blackcomb for their second time in the North Face Park and Pipe Open Series. The second annual event and the second stop on the four-stop series is an important showcase for both the athletes and the two sports.
Amateurs and professionals alike in both the freestyle halfpipe and slopestyle competitions are not only competing for cash prizes on Whistler-Blackcomb, but also a spot at this season’s Winter XGames in Aspen, Colorado.
Freestyle Talent Showcase For Winter Olympics
Founded in 2010, the North Face Park series is an important series of events to showcase the two rising freestyle slopes that will make their debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Unknown to some, the slopestyle event comprises of skiers pulling of jumps and tricks on venue designed rails, boxes, and jumps on a single slope. Similar to its snowboarding counterpart, the halfpipe event allows skiers to showcase their hang time in the air, while displaying an array of grabs, spins, flips, and other trickery to impress the audience and judges.
With the announcement of its second year, the North Face Park and Pipe Open event only adds to the impressive line-up of world class events to come to the resort. Whistler-Blackcomb is now home to several major sporting events, including the Telus World and Ski Festival, Crankworx, and Ironman Canada. This event only adds to the impressive list of things to do or see in Whistler during the winter season.