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End of Season '14 / '15

Wow, what an end to our '14 / '15 season here in Whistler for the Pro Ride family of campers.

More from Jamal, Camp Blog 2014/15 - #2

One month on, and while some things have changed, the snow-based dream chasing remains the same.

We’ve had waves of new Pro riders coming through the house and lots of friends from home visiting, so no one has been short of people to play out with. A few have moved on and are sorely missed already. Calum (no longer taco record holder, but still drinking champion) and The Matrix have just missioned it back to the southern hemisphere to start uni and “get back on the mangle horse”, so I do feel a bit like I’ve been riding with a limb missing lately.

Fresh Tracks on Whistler

Fresh Tracks on Blackcomb Nov 1st.  With snow falling heavily in the Alpine over the past 2 weeks we have our first sneak peak of current conditions in the Alpine.  Whistler Blackcomb teamed up with some local athletes in a heli mission to the top including Mike DouglasAshleigh McIvor DeMeritRory BushfieldMark Sollors, and Chris Rasman and discovered it is looking like winter. The countdown to official opening day on November 27, is on.

Cold Front Film Festival - Vote for Heart Films

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Pro Ride Coach Duncan is proud to have a riders part in the Heart Films #WBcoldfront Online Film Festival Entry.  We are are into week 3 so make sure to go vote for them and also be in the running to to win $5000 of free gear this season.  To vote follow the link #WBcoldfront

 

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB Named No. 1 Resort 2014-15

Whistler has again been voted the No. 1 overall best ski resort in North America by rthe annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll. The online survey saw 41,000 resort rankings submitted by SKI Magazine readers and ranks the top 50 North American ski resorts in a variety of categories valued by ski and snowboard enthusiasts. In addition to being voted No. 1 in overall ranking, Whistler Blackcomb also received top marks in the terrain variety, off-hill activity and après categories.  What a great town we live in here!

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Crankworx Whistler 2014

The past 10 days has seen one of Whistlers favorite summer events and festivals back in town, Crankworx 2014. 

Some of the world's most talented World Cup downhillers and slopestyle riders flock to whistler every summer to compete for cash in the Dual Speed & Style, the Garbonzo DH, the Whip Off World Championships and the Red Bull Joyride slopestyle. Crankworx not only brings in the athletes competing but also some of the best riders and bike fans in the world to watch and shred Whistlers famous bike park.

Pro Ride Coaches help raise $5,800 for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Pro Ride coaches Neil Connolly and Duncan Mainland both attended Whistler’s Fifth Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event helping to raise for The Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society Programs in WHISTLER, BC (April 21, 2014)

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. 

Review of Pro Ride's first backcountry camp

In March 2014, Pro Ride Snowboard Camps ran its first two-week backcounty camp in Whistler, Canada. The camp was designed to combine Pro Ride's freeride snowboard training with the Level 1 AST certification course, an introductory avalanche safety course that teaches snowboarders the necessary skills to venture into the backcountry safely.

During the first week campers spent 4 days of freeride training with the Pro Ride coaches on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, in preparation for their backcountry adventures. These initial training sessions included powder hunting and technical rider improvement sessions on steeps, trees, chutes and  in-bounds hiking.

Pro Ride camper blog 8

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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