The 2nd and 3rd stages of the Aerial’s Freestyle Ski World Cup circuit will be held on January 21 and 22 at Le Relais Ski Center in Lac-Beauport. A hundred athletes from around the world will gather to compete and offer a unique show to Quebecers. They will jump more than 50 feet in the air in the hope of winning this competition and getting closer to the ultimate goal: obtain the title of World Champion.
The event will be broadcast on TVA Sports and CBC, but the organization is prepared to welcome 1500 spectators. It will be an exciting weekend where people will be able to cheer for the athletes on site and walk through a small ephemeral village at the bottom of the slopes. They will be able to discover several local merchants. Nicolas Fontaine, Philippe Laroche and Jean-Marc Rozon, pioneers in this discipline, will also be on hand to cheer on the Canadian athletes.
Lac-Beauport is a historical place for freestyle skiing culture. The event was also held in this municipality last year. It was the first time since 1993 that the World Cup was held at Le Relais Ski Center. For people in the freestyle community, it was a heartwarming return.
“It’s really special to have a World Cup event back at home! Especially since this year, family and friends will be able to join in! The atmosphere is going to be really special and it will motivate my teammates and I to do the best jumps possible in front of our people”, said Miha Fontaine, a resident of Lac-Beauport and a Canadian athlete who will be taking part in these two World Cups. Nine other Canadians will compete this weekend: Pierre-Olivier Côté, Alexandre Duchaine, Lewis Irving, Nicolas Martineau, Émile Nadeau, Anthony Noël, Victor Primeau, Marion Thenault and Flavie Aumond.
A novelty will make its debut this year! To celebrate the long-standing complicity between Team Canada and Team Ukraine, small attentions will be reserved for the Ukrainian community on the site. We encourage them to come and live the experience and encourage the athletes who will represent their nation.
Stay tuned by visiting the Facebook page of the event right here.