WB to host moguls National Training Centre 

Local club, CFSA to partner up

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO BY MIKE RIDEWOOD COURTESY OF CANADIAN FREESTYLE SKI ASSOCIATION - The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association hopes a new National Training Centre in Whistler will help create more competitive skiers like Eddie Hicks.
  • File photo by Mike Ridewood courtesy of Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
  • The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association hopes a new National Training Centre in Whistler will help create more competitive skiers like Eddie Hicks.

It took a little while to get the bumps sorted out, but moguls will be coming to Whistler.

In a release on Jan. 31, the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club and the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced they would team up to build a National Training Centre on Blackcomb Mountain. Plans call for the facility to be located on the Catskinner ski run.

The project will allow training and competitions to be held on-site, with the facility being built in line with FIS criteria. An air bag site will also be built.

Organizers are now looking for the cash to make the project a reality, and are seeking sponsors and donors to purchase naming rights opportunities at the facility. If all goes well, construction could begin this summer, with completing earthwork, installing snowmaking and electrical infrastructure, and making a permanent judges' stand among the top priorities.

Citing the strong results of Quebec skiers who have a training facility in their province, the organizations hope to boost the sport on the west coast.

"The plan falls into CFSA's strategic vision for Whistler as a turnkey high performance training and event hosting centre and producer of a strong pool of future Olympians," CFSA CEO Bruce Robinson said in a release. "The proposed mogul site and air bag facilities will be highly flexible to serve all levels of athletes from club to elite level."

More to come on this story.

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