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Whistler Opens Saturday

Due to cool temperatures, impressive snowmaking and natural snowfall Whistler mountain will once again be opening early this year. With the opening day now taking place on Saturday, November 16, Whistler will be opening an astonishing thirteen days in advance of its original American Thanksgiving opening on Thursday, November 28.

Eager skiers and snowboarders will be able to upload from either the Whistler Village Gondola or the Creekside Gondola, and have the option of riding five operating lifts on the Whistler mountain. Park enthusiasts will also be able to make use of a few rail features at the top of Emerald chair.

Coach Duncan 2013 season edit

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A look at head coach Duncan Mainland's season in Whistler, Austria, and Japan.

First Whistler Alpine Snowfall

It's September 22nd and we are seeing our first snowfalls in Whistler up at the Round House and surrounding peaks.  Time to get excited for the winter, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains officially open November 28th 2013.  

Wonder Reels: Lost and Found GoPro

Check out Coach Duncan Mainland, one of the riders featured in the Whistler Blackcombs Wonder Reels "Lost and Found, GoPro Story"  Where lucky to have such and amazing rider and head coach heading up our team of snowboard pros once again this year.  Coach Profile Duncan Mainland 

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A crew in Whistler Blackcomb's Highest Level Nintendo Terrain Park come across a lost Go Pro. They agree it needs to go to Lost & Found, but there's a perfect park session begging to be shot with it first

Cardrona World Cup in New Zealand

New Zealand World Cup Report

There are so many things I love about New Zealand; the fresh air, beautiful mountains and lakes, and the Cardrona halfpipe.  This year my coach Crispin Lipscomb and I came down to this little island on a mission. To ride well at the World Cup and make training count for this Olympic qualifying year. Coming down early made a huge difference, not only was I riding a board I had very few hours on, but it always takes some time to get used to the winter weather again, especially after I was ripped out from the middle of summer in North America.

Interview with Olympic hopeful Katie Tsuyuki

Olympic hopeful and guest Pro Ride coach Katie Tsuyuki took time out of her busy training schedule to talk to us about Whistler, the board she designed and preparation for Sochi.

Where did you grow up and how did you get into snowboarding?

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, but I spent a lot of time at high school, just north of there in Muskoka. I was 15 when I started snowboarding and I never took it very seriously until my 20s, when I left the waterski/wakeboard industry for snow. I knew I wanted to be an athlete and figured there were more opportunities in snowboarding.  

What do you like most about living close to Whistler?

Camper Sabrina Lynch wins Australian Junior Snowboard Series

Pro Ride Camper Sabrina Lynch competed in the Burton Australian Junior Snowboard Series August 8th – 10th and paced 1st in Slopestyle, BoarderX and Halfpipe to win the overall title of Australian Female Junior Champion 2013. 

The 1st day of the snowboarding competition was slope style with poor visibility and wet & windy conditions making it challenging to say the least.  Boadercross was on day 2 with much better conditions and well groomed course minus a few icy banks.  The final day was half pipe in the “Bright pipe” that opened for the 1st day this season leaving competitors with no training days prior.    

Crispin Lipscomb Back on the Olympic Road

Pro Ride coach and most amazing half pipe Olympian rider Crispin Lipscomb is back in training for the Sochi 2013 Winter Olympic games.  Crispin has been guest coaching with us for the past 3 years after retiring from the competition circuit in 2010.  He has been coaching Olympic hopeful and past Pro Ride coach Katie Tsuyuki for the past year which has given him the inspiration to get back to into completion level snowboarding.  Katie earned a spot on the Canadian National Team but turned it down to continue her 16 month training schedule with Crispin.  She has really stepped it up in the past year with Crispin’s new training program based on a philosophy of building confidence through technical skill development so that 100% process creates and inevitable outcome.

Whistler Summer Camp Wrap Up

Whistler Summer Snowboard Camp sessions have now wrapped up for the 2013 season and it was one of our best summers on the glacier yet. Three busy weeks in June & July were filled with camp fires, hot tubs, biking, yoga, golfing, trampoline sessions, bungee jumping, talent shows, smores, and of course snowboarding!

Picture: Bluebird Summer Camp Days

Camp kicked off in late June with campers flying in from all over the world to shred in the summer. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to our private summer terrain park - designed and built by the amazing Warren Williams. Fun lines for everyone included a variety of beginner boxes, rails and jumps for campers who were new to the park and a large jump line to wall ride and turbo tube for the more advanced park riders.

The Pro Ride Crew go Snowmobiling in Whistler Backcountry

Once again it was the time of the year for the Pro Ride campers to go snowmobiling.  The snowmobiling trip is included for all Pro Ride courses between 8 - 12 weeks in length so we all set out on Saturday February 23rd to The Adventure Group office to sign up our waivers and get ready to head out for a day of backcountry snowmobiling.  The drive to Cougar Mountain was just 15 minutes north of Whistler Village but you are really out in the elements passing big lakes and beautiful mountains.   

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