World Skiing Invitational | AFP World Championship
The World Ski and Snowboard Festival presents the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championship - featuring the open Slopestyle and the invitational Big Air.
Friday April 18 (Qualifiers) and Sunday, Apri1 20 (Finals) | Blackcomb Terrain Park
Slopestyle is a hugely integrated and technically challenging discipline, featuring jumps, rails, and features to challenge and intimidate even the best skiers in the world. With Slopestyle skiing having just successfully debut at the Winter Olympic Games, expect to see slope royalty come out to play. The WSI Slopestyle will be taking place in the Highest Level Park on Blackcomb. The line drops from above the gated entrance and uses the entire left side with a combo of huge jumps and mind-blowing features. The HL right jumps will be open to public throughout the week with the exception of the days when the Slopestyle event is on. On that day the right line will be open for spectators viewing the event.
Slopestyle course - Blackcomb Terrain Park. Video animation of the course: http://gnarshmallow.com/stuff/wssf-2014/wssf-2014-slopestyle.mp4 Course to be designed and built by Charles Beckinsale, Marty Gautrey and Jay Josling
Gibbons Life Big Air
Saturday, April 19 8pm-10pm | Skier's Plaza
The Big Air jump, located at the base of Whistler Mountain, is the ultimate in ski-voyeurism. Not for the faint of heart, this jump will shock, amaze and intimidate, and that’s just the crowd! Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Skier’s Plaza, and watch the mind-boggling aerial talents of the who’s who of the ski world throw down in one of the most impressive displays of raw talent and gutsy trick-wrangling in an attempt to walk away with the big dollars, the coveted title of Big Air Champion and endless bragging rights.
Detailed schedule, selection criteria and formats posted below
Athlete list posted below. Selections were made on the following basis:
Big Air: top 15 AFP ranked Big Air athletes qualified automatically. Remaining spots assigned based on AFP Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Overall rankings.
Slopestyle: top 10 AFP ranked women and top 20 AFP ranked men are prequalified for Finals. 60 spots were available in the Men's Qualifier. Priority was given to athletes withl a top 100 AFP rank in slopestyle - balance of spots were assigned by random lottery.
+All athletes must be registered with the AFP in order to be eligible to compete.
+AFP rankings as of March 31, 2014 were used to determine eligibilty.
+Application deadline for Qualifier was 5pm PST March 29.
Confirmed athletes include Alex Beaulieu Marchand, Bobby Brown, Joss Christensen, Vincent Gagnier, Nick Goepper, PK Hunder, Gus Kenworthy, Alex Schlopy, Jesper Tjader, Beau James Wells, Jossi Wells, McRae Williams, James Woods. Complete list posted below.
If you have any questions, please contact: Nathalie Grether (Athlete Manager): ngrether [at] watermarkinc [dot] ca