Action sports take centre stage at WSSF 

Events pile up for Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, the biggest show on snow

Action sports fans will have a lot to keep them occupied during the 2004 Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival with 10 days of jaw dropping contests and demos on the schedule.

The big money Ripzone Snowboard Invitational and Salomon World Skiing Invitational will return to the WSSF this year with more than $50,000 in prize money each to give away.

Returning for a third year is the Blades of Fury: Skiers vs. Snowboarders Hockey Game, featuring some of our top local pros.

The Canadian Technical Ski Championships are new this year, with individuals and teams from ski schools from around the world facing off for $22,000 in cash and prizes.

Also new to the festival this year is the McDonald’s Rail Session with $10,000 going to the best of 10 skiers and 10 snowboarders following a jam under the lights at the base of Whistler Mountain.

Daily events include the second annual Mountain Bike Trials demonstration presented by Yop, the Gillette Xtreme Zone which includes a climbing wall and demonstration Ziptrek line, a demo park where you can try next year’s gear, free ski and snowboard lessons with Ski Esprit, and the Mascot Challenge, which pits local mascots against one another in a wide range of skills.

A complete schedule is available at the Festival Web site at

Ripzone Snowboard Invitational – April 16-18

With a field of competitors that gets better every year, the surging Canadian dollar, and a prize purse of $55,000 Cdn up for grabs, the 2004 Ripzone Snowboard Invitational could be the biggest snowboard event in Whistler in years.

There are two main events in the Ripzone, the Superpipe-Superhit contest and the Big Air.

Expect an incredible international field this year in all events, including many of the top riders from south of the border and stars from the X-Games, Grand Prix and U.S. Open pro contests on the invite list.

The home team is also extremely strong with pros, World Cup athletes, and some bona fide snowboarding legends that happen to call Whistler home.

There is also room in the Superpipe contests for newcomers, with spots in the finals held open for the top riders from the Ripzone Superpipe Qualifier on Saturday, April 17. The top 10 men and eight women from the qualifier will move into the finals on Sunday.

That night at 8 p.m. the Ripzone Big Air will take place under the lights at the base of Whistler Mountain, accompanied by live music from the nearby DKNY//Jeans Concert Stage.


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