Slope SistAir Ladies Freeride Event

Jun 23, 2005
by Radek Burkat  
Hemlock Valley Resort, a regional destination for outdoor recreation, is pleased to announce the first-ever, women’s freeride invitational. On September 1st-3rd, this slopestyle competition will offer the top women in North America a chance to showcase their skills in front of a panel of celebrities and a large audience. Expect to see riders such as Barb Haley, Darcy Turenne, Hannah Steffans, and Katrina Strand throwing down at this premiere event.Athletes will compete on a slopestyle course dotted with wall rides, gap jumps, hips, and (pink) car gaps. A panel of celebrity riders and industry personnel will be on hand to help judge the contest; riders will be judged on control, amplitude, style, fluidity, and the difficulty of the line they choose. Whether you gear up and ride or just drive up to watch, plan on a hearty serving of hucks, style, air, and carnage. September 2nd is qualifying day followed by finals on Sunday the 3rd. After all is said and done, our sponsors will have awarded thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to the pool of competitors.

All the local pros and hardcores will be there to make you sweat- first on the hill, then at the after party!

Hemlock is not only hosting this women’s freeride event this weekend- it’s also bringing together the 4th annual Mountain Berry Festival- a weekend packed with berry picking, hiking, and the Hemlock Valley ski and snowboard fundraiser.

ABOUT HEMLOCK VALLEY RESORT: A 2 hour drive from the city of Vancouver, Hemlock Valley is less than 1 hour from Abbotsford, Mission or Chilliwack. Hemlock Valley Ski Resort is a quaint alpine community and family winter recreation resort high above Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia offering a regional destination for outdoor recreation. Summer mountain bike trails offer thrills and excitement for all levels of riders. It's a four season paradise just east of Vancouver, British Columbia. Ski, Ride, and Bike at Hemlock Valley Resort. Hemlock Valley Ski Area is located 8.5 miles (14 km) north of Hwy 7 from Harrison Bay, 60 miles (100 km) east of Vancouver (2 hours). From Vancouver, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Agassiz (Harrison Hot Springs exit) and follow Highway 9 through Agassiz to the Lougheed Highway 7. Continue west to Morris Valley Road, turn north and follow the signs to Hemlock Valley Resort.

Seattle to Hemlock 3.5 hours
Vancouver to Hemlock 2 hours
Abbotsford to Hemlock 1 hour


12:30-1:00 Course walkthrough
1:00-4:30 Practice runs
5:30pm Mandatory meeting for all athletes in the Hemlock Room

8:45-9:30 Course walkthrough
9:45-11:45 Practice runs, one per competitor
12:30-4:30 Qualifier- two runs, best of scores
6:00pm Athlete buffet (ski and snowboard club fundraiser) at Hemlock Valley Resort Lodge. Announcement of qualifying competitors.

8:00-9:15 Practice runs
9:15-10:15 Course Maintenance
10:30-12:30 1st round
1:00-2:00 2nd round
2:30-3:30 Final round
8:00pm Afterburner and awards ceremony in pub
Schedule is subject to change.

Media will have access to rider's staging area, judges perch and mid-course as space allows.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Please contact Stephanie Nychka at or 604-202-0960 to show your interest in covering this event.

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