Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time and where do we meet?
A: We meet each day at 8:50am at the Gemini Freestyle Center. The Center can be found on the function of Green Line and Sorcerer/Black Magic.
Q: When do you finish each day?
A: Athletes train from 9am to 3pm.
Q: What time is lunch?
A: Groups usually break for lunch around 11:15am. Groups will lunch at Gemini Freestyle Center. Please pack a lunch this year!
Q: What is the Timber Tour Series?
A: It is the provincial event series in Moguls, Dual Moguls, Slopestyle, Big Air, and Halfpipe. Disciplines vary from competition to competition based on the host mountain’s available terrain. These are typically 4 day events running from Thursday through Sunday. All athletes in the Full Weekend Program have coaching costs covered when attending all Timber Tours. Athletes in the Single Day Program have the Whistler Timber Tour stop included when we hold one. Average costs for a Timber Tour away can be found at this link.
Q: What is the Canada Cup Series?
A: It is a national event series in Moguls, Slopestyle, and Halfpipe put on by Freestyle Canada. This event is best suited for athletes 15 years old and up. These are typically 4 day events running from Thursday through Sunday. Please contact the Program Director for more information if this would be something you would like to target.
Q: What is Junior Nationals and how do you qualify?
A: The Junior National Championship is held annually. In 2016, the event was split into 2 events. One being Moguls, Dual Moguls, and Aerials are held at the same venue and Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air is held at another. Each year they switch geographically from West to East. This year, the mogul/aerials event is located at Le-Relais, Quebec and Slopestyle/halfpipe is at the Calgary Olympic Park, Alberta. Selection Criteria is located here.
Q: What is Freestyle Fridays?
A: This program is designed for athletes looking for more discipline specifc training. Included in the program is 4 or 8 Friday training depends on product purchased. This program starts after Winter Break. Note that unless it is a powder day athletes will train either Park & Pipe or Moguls or both throughout the day. We do not offer Big Mountain training on Fridays.
Q: How does my child start flipping on snow?
A: Freestyle Canada has a very strict system to allow athletes to flip. This is to keep the athlete safe.
If an athlete wishes to learn an inverted maneuver, we will use a backflip as an example, they first must learn to do it proficiently on a trampoline with a coach. Following this athletes must do 50 successful backflips on water ramps or airbag with proper technique. Finally, once the 50 jumps are complete and the coach and athlete feel ready they will do a Qualification test. This test is 5 jumps only for that day. The coach will score each jump out of 100 and they must score a minimum of 80% to pass the Qualification. If they fail they are able to take it another day. The idea for the Qualification test is to put pressure on them as this will be the similar feeling they will get doing it on snow for the first time. Once they pass the qualification then athletes are permitted to attempt the manuever on snow ONLY with a coach.