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Whistler Half Pipe Camp

The first of many to come Pro Pipe Camps was run last week lead by coach Crispin Lipscomb, Olympic half pipe athelete and coach.  

The focus is on freestyle snowboard training in the halfpipe, park and competitive development, learning fundamental freestyle skills.  

Half pipe camp video link 

Showcase Showdown

Under less then sunny skies the Showcase Showdown took place this Saturday at the bottom of Whistler mountain. The Showcase Showdown, now in it's 16th year, has taken many forms over the years. From pipestyle, to jib jam, slopestyle, and this year big air. Charles Beckinsale made a 60 foot step down which sent the riders flying into the village square.
The theme this year was "Night of the living shred", and with zombie body parts everywhere and the on slought of terrible weather the theme really came to life.

In the end Marc-Andre Tremblay took 1st place, Matt Belzile was in second, and Nathan Therriault took third. On the girls side Breanna Stangeland took first, Gillian Andrewshenko, second, and Carly Scott in third.

Also congratulations to Pro Ride coach Duncan Mainland for making it to finals and finishing in 10th place.

Campers Pass their CASI Snowboard Instructor Exams

Congratulations to Pro Ride Campers Marc & Steffen for passing their CASI level 1 snowboard instructor exam last weekend. 

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The Pro Ride crew has ventured to Niseko, Japan for a mid season powder adventure. Niseko is located in Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, about 2 hours from the city of Sapporo. As soon as you get off the plane in Sapporo you notice a change…. Not only is the culture wildly different and endlessly interesting, but everywhere you there are snow banks well over head height. This sight can’t help but get you a little excited, and as you drive from Sapporo to the resort town of Niseko the snow banks just get bigger and bigger.

CASI 4 Week Instructor Course March 2nd 2013

There are still places available on our 4 week March 2nd level 1 CASI snowboard Course. March is a great time to train and get qualified to work before the 2013-14 winter season.  For those who already have their CASI level 1 qualification and would like to attain CASI level 2 there are still some training dates and exams available for March and April too.   CASI certifications.

Level 1 course dates: Mar 2nd  2013
Level 2 course dates: Feb 18th, Mar 2nd 2013 (note CASI level1 is a prerequisite)
Park 1 Instructor dates: please email for more information (note CASI level1 is a prerequisite)
Level 3 Course dates: please email for more information  

For more information please email us snowboard [at] pro-ride [dot] com or visit our courses page for more details and prices.

Pro Ride's Newest CASI Level 1 Snowboard Instrucutors

Congratulations to Pro Ride Snowboard campers Scott and Sabrina who succesfully trained and passed thie level 1 CASI exam last week. 

CASI stands for The Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors and was formed in 1994 and is the professional snowboard teaching body in Canada. 

CASI's Mission Statement is “To promote the sport of snowboarding, snowboard instruction and the profession of snowboard teaching in Canada by training and certifying snowboard instructors to ensure that a national standard of safe and efficient snowboard instruction is maintained.”

Paul wins the Heli boarding prize in Whistler at GLC

Great night out at the GLC watching the Fire and Ice Show, Camper paul won the heli boarding prize draw. 

Whistler heli skiing operates beyond the ski lifts of Whistler and Blackcomb and is the ultimate high-alpine experience. Carve through untracked powder, endless terrain and breath-taking scenery.

With hundreds of ski runs, there is a tremendous variety of slopes to accommodate all levels of skiers and boarders from intermediate to expert. The skiing varies from wide-open glaciers to beautiful gladed tree runs.

Backcountry Snowboard Jump Day 2013

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Katie Tsuyuki found halfpipe in Whislter, B.C.

Katie Tsuyuki’s life spun 180 degrees during a year off school when she found a halfpipe in Whislter, B.C.

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