Montreal, July 12, 2017 – In January 2018, the world’s top freestyle skiers, and the fans who follow them, will have a new destination to visit this season. Freestyle Canada has finalized an agreement that makes Tremblant Resort the host of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup for the next five years. The relocation is intended to help the organization position itself favourably on the sports scene in Canada.
The move marks the end of a long-time World Cup event hosting partnership with the Val St-Côme.ski centre.“Val Saint-Côme was an important partner for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, but the venue no longer met the requirements of our main partners and FIS,” explained Bruce Robinson, CEO of Freestyle Canada. “We believe this change will inject new energy into freestyle skiing in Quebec and generate new opportunities for Freestyle Canada.” Although Tremblant becomes the official venue of the World Cup, Val St-Côme, with its Centre d’Excellence, remains an important Freestyle Canada partner. Skiers on the national and development teams will continue to use the current venue for training and all levels of competition below World Cup including FIS Nor-Am competitions.
For its part, the Mont Tremblant Resort executive team is delighted by the prospect of hosting the world’s best freestyle athletes and confident that all conditions are in place to make the event a success. “The quality of our facilities and the expertise of our staff, both on the mountain and in the pedestrian village, will be of benefit not only to the athletes but also to their families and the organizing committee,” said Patrice Malo, President and CEO of Mont-Tremblant Resort. “We think these assets will contribute to international promotion of the event while nurturing the aspirations of young, local athletes, who can develop and train with us. It is all in line with our core mission and values.”
The Tremblant Freestyle FIS World Cup takes place next January 20 on the Flying Mile run on the mountain’s south side. Along with being an excellent vantage point for spectators, the run has the elevation required for a challenge of this scale. It is worth mentioning that Tremblant hosted World Cup moguls and aerials competitions from 1996 to 2005 inclusively.
The 2018 edition will be the last event before we announce which athletes will be heading to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
FIS 2017-2018 calendar
The Freestyle Canada athletes will start their 2017-2018 season on December 9 in Ruka, Finland. A loaded schedule lies ahead for the skiers, with seven events leading up to the Olympics. The World Cup season ends in Megève, France on March 18, 2018. See the complete season calendar here: http://www.fis-ski.com/freestyle-skiing/moguls-aerials/events-and-places/calendar
About Freestyle Canada
Since 1981, Freestyle Canada has groomed Olympic and world champions in freestyle moguls, aerials, halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines. With the continued support of invaluable corporate, private and government partners, we will continue a history rich in achievements by offering freestyle training programs that encourage our Canadian athletes to harness their courage, to go for their dreams, to become what they aspire to become. For more information, visit www.freestylecanada.ski
Tremblant is a top resort destination, renowned for the excellence of its guest experience both on the mountain and in the pedestrian village. The scenic views of the Laurentians, the diversity of the four-season offer and highly acclaimed major events – among them IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, Tremblant’s 24h, Wanderlust and the Tremblant International Blues Festival – have earned the resort eighth place in the 2016 North American Ski Resort rankings by Condé Nast Traveler readers, a position as one of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns by National Geographic (2014), and the title of #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for 19 consecutive years by the readers of SKI Magazine. For romantic getaways or stays with friends, family or a group, Tremblant welcomes vacationers on direct flights from Toronto with Air Canada and Porter Airlines offering visitors the choice of 1,900 lodging units in 13 hotel establishments, more than 75 restaurants, boutiques and a casino in a splendid natural setting.
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