Canadian Snowsports Association

December 21, 2006 15:02 ET

Canadian Snowsports Association: Winter Sports Collaborate for Medal Success in 2010

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 21, 2006) - In anticipation of the inclusion of ski cross to the Vancouver 2010 sport program, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and Alpine Canada Alpin announced today their partnership to integrate the event of ski cross into the Canadian high performance system with the goal of winning medals in 2010.

In partnership with the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA), the two national winter sport organizations have committed to work closely together to identify Canadian Ski Cross talent and implement the necessary high performance ski cross programming to ensure podium success in 2010.

"Ski cross will be a great addition to the Vancouver 2010 sport program. In addition to moguls and aerials, it is a very spectator friendly event that will add to the excitement and energy on Cypress Mountain in 2010," said Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. "There is no doubt that by combining Freestyle's and Alpine Canada's resources, Canadian ski cross athletes will have a great chance of achieving podium results in's going to be a challenge but together we can get it done."

"Ski cross brings together two of Canada's leaders in winter sport, drawing on the breath of experience and athletic talent available in both Freestyle and Alpine Canada," said Ken Read, CEO of Alpine Canada Alpin. "In the same spirit of the "Own the Podium" initiative, this collaborative approach puts the focus on athletes, with a clear goal to bring the human, technical and financial resources to build a program that will win in 2010."

An Advisory Committee, chaired by Dave Pym of the CSA, will have equal representation from both Alpine Canada Alpin and Freestyle Canada. The mandate of the group will be to develop a high performance program with the goal of putting Canadian athletes on the podium. The Committee will be responsible for the hiring for a program leader, reviewing strategic and operational plans, identifying program and budget needs and establishing an event and athlete development strategy.

The ski cross discipline is similar to the highly popular snowboard cross event which successfully debuted at the Torino 2006 Games. The ski cross event features a mass start of four skiers who race against each other through a steep and winding course of rolling terrain. Courses vary from 800 to 1200 meters long, and range between 200 and 250 meters in vertical drop.

In March 2005, the first Freestyle FIS World Championship in Ski Cross was held in Ruka, Finland, and currently, 23 nations are taking part in Freestyle FIS Ski Cross competitions with 14 events being hosted in a total of 10 countries. The 2010 ski cross competitions will be held at Cypress Mountain on the same course as snowboard cross and the track will require only minor course alterations using snow.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Snowsports Association
    Dave Pym
    Managing Director
    (604) 671-4575 Mobile or (604) 734-6802 Office