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Campers receive Whistler Blackcomb Snow School Awards

The team at Pro Ride Snowboard Camps would like to say a massive congratulations to Marc Veronese and Raffaella Vaz for being recognized by the Blackcomb Snow School for the amazing instructors they have become over the past year. Raff received the Blackcomb Rookie of the Year award while Marc was awarded Blackcomb Pro of the Year. 

Marc and Raffaella travelled out last season from Australia to complete the instructor training course with Pro Ride. They trained and passed both their CASI Level 1 and 2 courses with flying colours, setting themselves up to apply for jobs the following season. Raffaella stayed in Whistler for the summer months and applied for a job in December as an instructor at the Blackcomb Base. She got the job and has absolutely loved being up on the mountain every day, teaching people the sport she is so passionate about and deserving the title 'Rookie of the Year'.

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Camper Sabrina Lynch, 18 years old from a small surf town in Australia is out to kill it in the Canadian Halfpipe and Slope Style competition scene and obtain her CASI Level 2.

The freestyle group had afternoon lessons up on Blackcomb. It had snowed about 20 cm Sunday night, so we went searching for powder and ended up riding the Valley of Death and the other creek bed over near Crystal Chair. There was quite a lot of snow down there, so Duncan, Joel and Adam were jumping off some seriously big cliffs. It was pretty impressive to watch. At the end of the day, Lisa and Duncan said that was probably the first time they had ever taken a pro ride group through the creek beds and not had to pull someone out of a hole, ha-ha, now that’s saying something.

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Camper Sabrina Lynch, 18 years old from a small surf town in Australia is out to kill it in the Canadian Halfpipe and Slope Style competition scene and obtain her CASI Level 2.

That Saturday everyone had a pretty mellow day. In the afternoon I suggested that we all go to the Sk8 Cave and Bounce. The Sk8 Cave is a skateboard shop in Function Junction that has a mini ramp inside. English Joel, Adriaan, Belgium Joel and myself all went for a session at the Sk8 Cave, everyone else went straight to Bounce, we would join them there in about half an hour.

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Camper Sabrina Lynch, 18 years old from a small surf town in Australia is out to kill it in the Canadian Halfpipe and Slope Style competition scene and obtain her CASI Level 2.

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Camper Sabrina Lynch, 18 years old from a small surf town in Australia is out to kill it in the Canadian Halfpipe and Slope Style competition scene and obtain her CASI Level 2.

For the next 3 weeks I will be taking a brake from the park and be focusing on Level 2 training. Lisa is going to be instructing us for the next few weeks. She is a Level 3 instructors and a Level 2 evaluator. For the first few days it was only myself and another girl, also called Lisa from Australia, in our Level 2 group. We really focused on our riding to begin with, learning the 4 different types of turns and which terrain pitch they are best suited to (basic carving, intermediate carving, intermediate sliding turns and advanced sliding turns). On Wednesday we were on whistler and went over to Symphony to work on our intermediate sliding turns. It was such a beautiful day, the sun was shining and the sky was so blue.

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Camper Sabrina Lynch, 18 years old from a small surf town in Australia is out to kill it in the Canadian Halfpipe and Slope Style competition scene and obtain her CASI Level 2.

January felt like a pretty short month for me. Early New Years day I got viciously hit with a bad flu. After two hospital trips, some very awful antibiotics and 10 days stuck in bed, I was finally feeling like myself again.

Katie Tsuyuki makes it into the Women's Halfpipe Semifinals in Sochi

Pro Ride guest coaches Katie Tsuyuki and Crispin Lipscomb both competed in halfpipe for the Canadian Snowboard Team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics this week.

The men's halfpipe qualifications were aired live at 2am local time in Whistler on Tuesday morning. The whole Pro Ride crew got together with both coaches and campers cheering on guest coach Crispin Lipscomb. The snow conditions at the Sochi Olympic village have been less than favourable the past week, especially for halfpipe riding, as temperatures reached a high of 17 degrees Celcius. The pipe was slushy and bumpy, throwing some of the best snowboarders in the world off their A-game. However Lipscomb still managed to throw out an awesome second run, competing against big names like Shaun White and Swiss gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov.

New Cabins For Whistler Blackcomb's Village Gondola Included In $12 Million Investments For Winter 2014-2015

New Gondola Cabins Will Improve Guest Experience And Increase Capacity By 12 Per Cent

WHISTLER, BC February 4, 2014 - Whistler Blackcomb is set to make the journey to the alpine a lot more enjoyable with the announcement of new eight passenger gondola cabins for their workhorse of a lift, the Whistler Village Gondola.

"The original cabins have been loading our guests onto Whistler Mountain since 1988," says Dave Brownlie, President and Chief Operating Officer at Whistler Blackcomb. "These sleek new cabins are set to dramatically improve the experience for skiers, snowboarders and sightseers. Eight passengers will be able to sit comfortably with their gear in outside racks, and the new configuration is set to improve capacity for the Whistler Village Gondola by 12 per cent through four additional cabins and greater loading efficiency."

100% pass rate once again - Congratulations Pro Ride campers!

They did it again! All Pro Ride campers who sat their CASI Level 1 Instructor exam this weekend passed with flying colours. Congratulations to campers Ed, Jack, Scott and Tim! These guys all came out to Whistler this season from England and Australia to train for their instructor exam, and will be going home happy with these CASI certifications in hand. You nailed it boys!

CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) is the professional snowboard teaching body in Canada. Pro Ride runs courses starting from 4 weeks all the way through to 12 weeks for those looking to qualify themselves with Level 1, 2 and freestyle certifications. For more information on programs visit our page on 4-12 week snowboard instructor courses.

Coaches Crispin and Katie make the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

This morning the official announcement was made that both Pro Ride coaches Crispin Lipscomb and Katie Tsuyuki made it into the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, competing in halfpipe for the Canadian snowboard team.

Both athletes spent the past few month working hard and training together for the upcoming Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi between the 7th and 23rd of February. Whistler local Crispin decribes his relationship with Squamish's Katie as 'coach-letes' in last week's Pique Magazine interview. They have been sharing the coaching and riding back and forth, getting ready to compete at a number of Olympic Qualifying Events in Cardrona New Zealand, Ruka Finland and Stoneham Quebec. It has worked out to be a very rewarding partnership, as they found out on Tuesday morning that they have each secured a place in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

Congrats guys we are all super stoked for you both.

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