WHISTLER, BC March 5, 2015 – The next generation of big mountain freeskiers, ages 12–18, will face off at Whistler Blackcomb March 19 – 22, during the GoPro Junior Freeski Challenge. This International Freeski Skiers’ Association (IFSA) sanctioned event will challenge athletes to make their way down a predetermined run while being judged on skiing style, speed and line choice.

“Whistler Blackcomb boasts some of the best big mountain skiing terrain in the world,” says Sebastian Fremont, Whistler Blackcomb’s Events Manager. “We are thrilled to host some of the best up and coming ski talent and give the athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills.”

The location of the competition runs for qualifiers and finals will be kept as a surprise to competitors until the day before the event when athletes check in. Athletes will then have the day to inspect the venue and master their line of choice. On Friday, March 20, the qualifier round for skiers ages 12-14 will take place followed by qualifications for ages 15-18 on Saturday, March 21. After the fields have been narrowed down, qualified competitors will lay down their last runs in the finals on Sunday, March 22, followed by an awards ceremony at 18 Below, at Base II on Blackcomb Mountain.

“GoPro is thrilled to be working with Whistler Blackcomb on this exciting freeski event,” says Dan Kelsay, GoPro’s Resort Marketing Manager. “This competition will generate awesome content with some of the best up and comers in the sport of skiing”

A team of GoPro ambassadors will also be in attendance at the event giving competitors the opportunity to demo the latest GoPro cameras and accessories. GoPro enables users to record life’s greatest moments in the most immersive perspective possible; perfect for capturing on and off mountain experiences at Whistler Blackcomb.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages or call 1-888-403-4727.

The 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is happening in Whistler, BC April 10-19, 2015. Visit www.wssf.com/Media to register for media accreditation.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,164 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.