Tue. Apr 12, 2016

The sun was blazing and stoke levels were peaking at the IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships this past weekend. If you didn’t catch these crazy kids ripping it up in the last four days, here is a quick little recap coming in hot.  
Skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 12-18 worked all season long to qualify and 182 invited athletes from around North America turned up at Whistler Blackcomb for the Championships. After three days of qualifiers, 62 athletes moved on to the final event on Saturday in the Diamond Bowl on Blackcomb. Snow conditions were fairly hard, even with the sun and warm temperatures, but that didn’t stop these kids from getting super sendy all over the place.
The energy radiating from the young skiers and riders, their devoted coaches and supportive parents was glorious. Spectators had it made with four days of crystal clear, hot sunny weather and the perfect viewing setup at the base of the Diamond Bowl.  But what was even more impressive was watching these talented young guns drop effortlessly off 60-foot cliffs with so much more style than most of us will ever know.
Diamond Bowl is a long, steep and challenging feat but it made for some crazy lines, big crashes and even bigger airs. This event is scored on line choice, style, control, technique and fluidity, the same criteria the athletes have been working with all season. Nerves were high, even on the spectator side, so kudos to these strong athletes for all their work not only here at the Championships, but all season. Thanks for inspiring us and reminding us that the future of freeride is going to be freaking crazy!
Congratulations to all the competitors for killing it and a special thanks to mother nature for providing day after day of sunshine.  Take a look at the final results from the IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships here.