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THE CANADIAN OPEN FREESKIING CHAMPIONSHIP
Author - Red Mountain-Erik Kalacis
Date - 1/14/2007


ROSSLAND, B.C. – The 2007 Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship presented by Ledcor wrapped up today with the final competition on Red Mountain Resort’s legendary Mount Roberts.   Fernie BC’s Janina Kuzma ruled in the Ladies division while Christian Boucher edged out fellow Whistlerites to capture the Men’s division.  The $10,000 cash purse was divided amongst the top three skiers in each division for the sixth running of this world-class event.

Ladies Final Results

Placing

Bib #

Competitor Lname

City

Final Score

1

18

KUZMA

Fernie

91.8

2

4

WRIGHT

Wilson, WY

78

3

13

LEE

Whistler

70.8

4

2

CARMICHAEL

Whistler

70.4

5

24

HUNT

Salt Lake City, UT

65.4

6

105

GAUVIN

Rossland

65.2

 Mens Final Results

Placing

Bib #

Competitor Lname

City

Final Score

1

73

BOUCHER

Whistler

118.6

2

47

JACQUES

Whistler

111.8

3

32

CRABTREE

Whistler

103.6

4

111

WHITE-ALLEN

Whistler

103.2

5

34

SMESRUD

Red Lodge, MT

99.8

6

33

HORIGAN

Wilson, WY

96.4

An international field of one hundred and two athletes competed in the sold-out Open Big Mountain event for three consecutive days on excellent snow conditions and clear skies.  Spectators had an incredible bird’s-eye view of the event enjoying the incredible extreme skiing and 80-foot drops. 

The competition format followed the IFSA (International Free Skier’s Association) Big Mountain Freeskiing guidelines, which dictates that participants ski the mountain unrestricted by gates or formal course layouts, while taking aggressive lines and making big drops on varied and challenging terrain.  Judges evaluate skiers in five categories – line choice, fluidity, technique, aggression, and control.  Jeff Holden, head judge of the Open, returned to lead his team of judges for another year.  Captain Jack Carey, Competition Director since 1991, lead the event with technical perfection.

Ledcor Group of Companies joined the Open as Presenting Sponsor for the 2007 event.  A global construction company, Ledcor is presently working in the community of Rossland at Red’s condominium project “Slalom Creek”.  As a general principle, Ledcor supports the community by providing local opportunities through employment and supplier contracts.  

The Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship, Canada’s longest running competition of its kind, will return to Red Mountain Resort again in 2008 with a second yet-to-be-announced competition discipline in addition to Big Mountain.

For complete results and more event information, please visit www.canadianfreeskiing.com or phone Red Mountain Resort at (800) 663-0105.

About Red -- Recently ranked by Forbes Traveler as number 8 in the ‘top ten of the continents best ski resorts’, Red Mountain Resort, in southeastern British Columbia, is Western Canada’s oldest ski area celebrating 110 years of skiing.  Located 6 kilometers north of the Canada/US border within the community of Rossland, Red is 2.5 hours drive from the Spokane, WA International Airport or 3.5 hours drive from Kelowna, BC International Airport.  Daily regional flights are available from Vancouver and Calgary to Castlegar and Trail.  Red features slope-side lodging, and world-class terrain with 2,900 vertical feet (884 meters) of incredible tree skiing, wide-open glades of champagne powder and easy-to-access backcountry.  More information on Red Mountain Resort can be found at http://www.redresort.com/

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