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Pro Ride - Mid February Camp Pow Week.

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The past week has brought over 100cm of the fresh stuff, and sunny afternoons to make for perfect days. Here's a quick look at some pow getting smashed. And it's not over yet, there's more in the way!

Pro Ride Campers Pass CASI Level 2 Exams

A big congratulations to Pro Ride Campers Lisa Shirlaw, Alison Cohen and Bianca Brewer who all passed their Level 2 CASI snowboard instructor exams this week. The level 2 exam is a big step up from the introductory Level 1 so it's great to see all that hard work and training pay off.  

The CASI Level 2 certification gives campers the skills to teach intermediate to advanced riders snowboard lessons. 

Pro Ride Level 2 training focuses on developing advanced riding skills and learning to analyze and improve your students using a skill-based teaching strategy.  To pass this exam campers must demonstrate a high level of class communication, technical analysis and group management skills to pass.  

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.

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!

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.

Campers Pass Snowboard Instructor Exams

A big congratulations to Pro Ride Campers Hanna, Adriaan, Tom and Charlie who all passed their snowboard instructor exams last weekend. Look out everyone these guys are going to make some mean instructors.  

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

Camp Report: First Week Off To a Great Start

Pro Ride kicked off its 2013-2014 winter season with a great first week of camp. Campers travelled to Whistler from all over the world creating an awesome 16 person crew, each one of them excited and ready to get started with their Freestyle, Freeride or Instructor training. We all gathered at the Garibaldi Lift Company for welcome drinks at the weekend, giving both campers and coaches a chance to get to know each other and share their passion and experiences of snowboarding.

Blackcomb Opens Today

After Whistler Mountain opening its slopes to guests an astonishing thirteen days early this year, today marks the resort’s official American Thanksgiving opening. Similar to the Whistler Mountain opening day on November 16th, eager skiers and snowboarders lined up in Whistler Village during the early hours of the morning for the opening of the Blackcomb Gondola. With plenty of untouched terrain to be explored on Blackcomb Mountain and promising snow forecasts for the next few days, this Thanksgiving weekend is bound to be another epic season opener!

Whistler Opening Day Report & Video

Its Official, Whistler is now open for the 2013-14 winter season.

Excitement has been in the air the last week with rumours that Whistler would be opening, and on Saturday Nov 16th the mountain opened its slopes an astonishing thirteen days before the official November 28th opening date. Eager skiers and snowboarders set up camp at both the Whistler Village and the Creekside Gondolas to try their luck at catching the first ride to the top. With others joining the queue throughout the early hours of the morning, people stood in line with high spirits, sharing opening day stories and celebratory drinks. One keen bunch of riders went as far as setting up camp in the middle of the line cooking pancakes, bacon and eggs to get ready for their first day.

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