Whistler is an amazing playground for snowboarders but there are risks to this amazing adventure sport. The obvious ones are falling and breaking a bone or getting stuck in an avalanche however a tree well or SIS incident is potentially more dangerous.
Here’s some useful information on tree wells and tips to keep you safe while riding the mountain this season.
What is a tree well and why can it be dangerous?
A tree well is a void or depression that forms around a tree when snow accumulates around the base, but not under the lower branches or around the tree trunk. These voids are hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches and can get progressively deeper as the snowpack height increases. Tree wells are dangerous due to snow-immersion suffocation (SIS)
Use your epic pass on all Pro Ride 2017-18 camps and courses. If you have an epic pass and plan to come ride with us in Whistler, we have now orgiansed Epic pass pricing to save you even more on your trip. Reduced pricing is avaialble on all 1-2 week camps and 4-12 week courses.
Check out the short freetsyle edit from coach Duncan from some of our freestyle camp sessions this season. The snowboard park was once again world class standard with different features and ability levels for every rider.
Join us for a 1 or 2 week Freestyle Park Session this April. Spring is the perefct time to learn to ride park or for those already exeperinced riders, add some new skills to you bag of tricks.
We have camps starting April 1st or April 8th for 1 week or April 1st for 2 weeks. For those joining us for the 2nd week you i'll also get to exeperince the World Ski and Snowboard Festival April 7th - 16th. The WSSF is 10 days of non-stop, home-grown Art, music, photography, filmmaking and ski and snowboard competitions. Our 1 or 2 Week Camps program includes Whistler Village Accommodations, Lift tickets, Freestyle training or if you already have accommodations and passes choose our training only program 5 Day Clinics. For more information please email us at snowboard [at] pro-ride [dot] com or you can Book Now
Karate chopping boards & clearing out early season cobwebs is how Geoff Brown & his friends including coach Duncan Mainland get ready for the winter. The boys enjoy good powder days riding park to pow laps in the hopes of finding their backcountry legs… but are quickly reminded that the backcountry is not the same as the park.
Check out the new Freestyle video with highlights from all our campers in the Whistler & Blackcomb Terrain Parks. The epic amount of snow days made it easy for park crew to build lots of well shaped features with soft landings right through till the end. With sunny skys in spring the freestyle crew managed to get some awesome days ripping laps and adding to thier bag of tricks.
That's a wrap for another successful and fun season of snowboarding here in Whistler. This year's campers saw many, many powder days enabling the coaches and campers to ride lots of challenging and varied terrain. Nothing seemed off limits with an abundance of trees to ride including the summer mountain bike trails. These off the trail runs are a maze of twisting, winding and rolling tracks through much of Whistlers mid to lower mountain runs, a fun natural border cross course.