RMR Freeride Open
January 23 2017
Last week, Revelstoke Mountain Resort hosted an International Freeskier and Snowboard Association (IFSA) Freeride World Qualifier Four Star event. Over one hundred athletes came out to compete for their spot in next year’s Freeride World Tour and gain points towards their regional standings.
Before the event, Laura Hemker the IFSA program Manager stated, “the caliber of athletes that have chosen to attend Revelstoke this year is something I have not seen before. Freerider caliber at this event may be closer to a Freeride World Tour stop than a normal qualifier event.”
Temperatures hovered around the -20°C mark for the duration of the competition, and although the resort received 13 cm of new snow earlier in the week, landing conditions were firm in many areas for riders looking to go big.
Day 1 of the competition was held in Separate Reality. Athletes demonstrated their high calibre by sending solid lines and stomping their landings, making it hard for IFSA judges Jeff Holden, Leif Zapf-Gilje, Dave Cashen, and Sonja Lercher to determine who to send to the finals.
Day 2 was held in North Bowl where snow had been better preserved after the storm earlier in the week. Kai White won the Men’s Snowboard division and described his run choice saying, “I picked a line in north bowl that doesn’t get skied much so the conditions were great once I dropped into my line - getting into my line was another story!”
Berkeley Patterson and Rachel croft won first place in the ski division. Kai White and Michelle Locke won in the snowboarding division.