Alberta Snowboarding Association

Alberta Snowboarding Association

January 15, 2016 10:00 ET

Grande Prairie to Host Arctic Winter Games Qualifier

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 15, 2016) -

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This weekend kicks off the international biannual Arctic Winter Games qualifiers, taking place Saturday, Jan 16th in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Athletes competing hope to secure a spot representing Canada in the 2016 Arctic Winter Games to be held in Nuuk, Greenland on March 6-11.

The Grande Prairie community has been extremely supportive of the snowboarders competing in the events. Sarah Payzant, a resident and head coach of the NiteHawk Snowboard Club, explains why she is excited to be part of the Arctic Winter Games for the second time, "It is a great experience for the coaches and the athletes and is lots of fun for everyone involved!"

The Alberta North team was very successful in 2014 securing 12 gold ulus (medals) in the snowboarding events and are looking to exceed that number this year. This year, over 30 athletes will be participating in the youth slopestyle and snowboard cross events.

A total of 20 gold ulus are up for grabs this March. The Alberta North team will be competing against Canadian athletes from Nunavut, Quebec, Northwest Territories and international athletes from the following countries: The United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Greenland.

Please see below a link for a video that the host society made about the games.

More information about this event can be found at

The Alberta Snowboarding Association is a non-profit provincial sports association promoting the development of snowboard training and competition.

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