Big White Announces Top-Level Slopestyle Event Hosted By Tom Van Steenbergen

May 21, 2018
by bikebigwhite  
Tom van Steenbergen - Robb Thompson Photo
Rider: Tom van Steenbergen Location: Bike Big White Photographer: Robb Thompson

PRESS RELEASE: Big White Invitational Hosted By Tom van Steenbergen

It's real. It's big. It's happening.

The site has been cleared, dirt is being pushed and ramps built for the new slopestyle course, home of the Big White Invitational hosted by Tom van Steenbergen. As the only event at this level in North America; for the pros, it will be the last event for many riders to qualify for Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, or to earn a wildcard invite. For the amateurs, this is a chance to ride with some of the best in the world.

It has always been important for Big White to support and build opportunities for local athletes. While new to the bike scene, it makes sense for Big White to work with local rider Tom van Steenbergen to build a course and event as part of his legacy, not only at Bike Big White, but in the Canadian riding scene.

bigquotesThis is a rider/builder inspired slopestyle with the goal of building a bigger and better riding scene here in Canada. We want to build a course that the riders will like and that will inspire each individual’s best performances.Tom van Steenbergen

Big White Invitational Slopestyle Course Marking
Big White Invitational Tom Marking Course
With 10 feet of snowpack on mountain, Tom heads out on snowshoes to start marking the course for cutting and snow clearing.

Working through the snow to cut the new slopestyle course
Cutting of Course from above
Trees are cleared and snow pushed to find dirt and get machinery in to prep the course area.

"We're excited to help continue growing the sport of slopestyle in North America," says Alex Chisholme and Austin Davignon of LOFT Bike Parks. "Our aim is to build a course that is consistent, flowy and fun for the riders, in an effort to maximize progression and create the best show possible for spectators."

Machinery coming in to clear and prep the course line
Dustin Gilding, builder for LOFT, starts dirt work for the course.

Tom and Alex from LOFT Bike Parks walk the course to get the lay of the land and plan out jumps and features
Tom van Steenbergen and Alex Chisholme from LOFT walk the course line to discuss jumps and features.

Big White has partnered with the crew at LOFT Bike Parks to bring Tom's vision to life. Seeing the course take shape, Tom was asked what he's most excited about. The answer, speaks to the spirit of the event and riders who will be able to compete somewhere close to home..."just getting to ride this course with my friends, enjoying all of it and taking it in".

Bronze Open Event
Thursday, July 5
4 Wildcards for Gold Qualifiers

Gold Qualifiers
Friday, July 6
30 Athletes
25 Top Ranked FMB Riders Invited
Host Tom van Steenbergen
4 Wildcards from Bronze Open Event

Gold Event Finals
Saturday, July 6
15 Riders from Qualifiers
1 Wildcard for Joyride Crankworx Whistler up for grabs

This is an event not to miss - beer gardens, food trucks, music, expo, demos, a special screening of North of Nightfall under the stars on Friday and of course the official After Party at Session's Taphouse & Grill on Saturday. Check out the Event Schedule.


  • 14 0
 Really hope to see Sam Pilgrim at this.
  • 4 0
 Riding it backwards?
  • 2 0
 @nimmo: you joke but I'd love to see that
  • 5 0
 As a bc resident I really hope they build this bike park up. More trails would be awesome and this event will definitely spark this into action. So excited for Tom and this event!
  • 2 0
 We're gonna keep going! We've got a few projects this year! A few more next year too!
  • 1 0
 @GreaterShadow: Is there any sort of riding/building group associated with UBCO?
  • 2 0
 @YoungGun13: Not that I am aware of yet. It would be a cool thing for sure!
  • 2 0
 @YoungGun13: UBCylces is the go to for biking at UBCO. camprec.ok.ubc.ca/ubcycles
They have a shop and services and there are opportunities to get involved in group rides and bike related training. The team there are also members of MTBco so a great way to get involved with a larger group as well.
  • 3 0
 The dirt in that area is so prime I'm so excited for everything coming out of BIg White
  • 2 1
 I hope to see Brandon Semenuk with some mind f*ck tricks during this events PLEASE !!! I'm your biggest fan out there !!! Please be there I LOVE YOUUUUU Smile )))
  • 2 0
 Semenuk doesn't even go to most of the Crankworx Diamond events, I'd be surprised if he went to a gold event.
  • 2 0
 @NorcoCanuck: He lived in the area for a few years, he might show up as the local boy to fight it out with the van steenbergens
  • 2 1
 I love big whites approach to bike parks... build one run (top to bottom) that the masses can ride, then focus on super gnarly double blacks and slope style courses.
  • 1 0
 Well we're working on more than that Wink ... But thanks... We've got a few years of building ahead of us but it's got to be all awesome. I wish our build season was longer!
  • 2 0
 Yea! Locale mountain represent!!
  • 2 0
 Where is the sign up?
  • 2 0
 Sign up for the Bronze Open will be through FMB
  • 1 0
 @bikebigwhite: Is there a charge for spectators?
  • 2 2
 @YoungGun13: Nope, but we sure would appreciate it if you stopped by and bought a burger or a t-shirt while you were there! Wink
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