Here's some straight talk: there aren't enough open events for competitive freeskiers. Period. Amidst the onslaught of top tier, invite-only events, it's indisputable that it's becoming more challenging for up-and-coming athletes to make a name for themselves. Enter Union Ski and their Stepup Freeski Tour, who are aiming to break that mold in Eastern Canada via giving young athletes the opportunity to strut their stuff and climb the AFP World Tour Rankings.
Details, locations and dates of the Tour (which we at are Forecast are proud to support) have recently been released, so give the press release from Union Ski below a good once over, and then sign up to get after it.
After a successful first edition, Union Ski, a company based in Quebec City-based collective dedicated to freeskiing development that offers a wide range of services to ensure active support of the sport, is proud to offer an upgraded slopestyle tour. The Stepup Freeski Tour, presented by The North Face in collaboration with the Caisse Desjardins de Charlesbourg, Tourisme Jacques-Cartier, D-Structure, Giro, Line, Full Tilt and Bern, will host some of the best athletes in the world. With $15,000 in cash and over $15,000 worth of prizes on the line, along with a chance to score valuable points on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals’ AFP World Tour, this refreshing offer assures a unique opportunity for Canadian freeskiers.
Feb 27th – Vallée-du-parc – AFP Silver Level
March 19th – Mont Orford – AFP Silver Level
April 1-3 – Centre de ski Le Relais – AFP Gold Level
Slopestyle skiing is a sport that’s popularity is constantly growing since its inception in the late ‘90s and its recent inclusion in the Winter Olympics. The lack of professional events in Eastern Canada has encouraged Union Ski, whose leaders include pioneers and creators of the sport, to support its growth via a professional competition circuit that well orchestrated and lead by entrepreneurs of the industry. We believe in the importance of an active and passionate lifestyle for youth, and are determined to support athletes who want to fulfill their Olympic dream.
To register for the The Stepup Freeski Tour, go to stepuptour.com, and for more information on Union Ski, visit www.unionski.ca.