Freestyle Whistler and the National Training Centre Society have spearheaded the creation of a National Training Centre for Freestyle Skiing in Western Canada, along with support from partners Freestyle Canada and Whistler Blackomb. Thanks to a founding grant from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and naming rights sponsorship from Gemini, the Gemini Freestyle Centre was opened in December 2020. Gemini is a Cryptocurrency Exchange and custodian, owned by the Winkelvoss brothers, 2 former Olympic rowers and passionate mogul skiers!
• The Gemini Freestyle Centre includes a World Class Mogul course/event site and Judges stand, along with a permanent Airbag Training area, to allow for safe training of acrobatic snowsport skills, throughout Whistler’s 6 month long winter season.
• The Gemini Freestyle centre is located in a prime spot right below Blackcomb’s world class terrain park and halfpipe, making this a real hub for Freestyle skiing and ensuring Whistler can offer one of the best training facilities for Freestyle Skiing in the world.
• Fast access via the Blackcomb Gondola or Excelerator High Speed Quad Chair ensures quick lap times. The centre is operational from early December to May (snow conditions permitting).
• The centre is used for both training and events, across different disciplines and sexes and is home to Freestyle Whistler.
• The venue offers training for young grass roots freestyle skiers in the ‘Freestyle Devo’ Ski School programme, teens in local/regional clubs, and can host provincial, national and international teams to train and compete in Whistler.
• Snowboard and Big Mountain skiers are also able to use the facility. As acrobatic snowsports continue to evolve, offering safe training environments is key to success and longevity.
• WB’s Snowschool and Freestyle Canada can make use of a turnkey mogul facility to aid in their instructor training.
An Olympic Legacy:
• Freestyle skiing is one of Canada’s most successful winter sports.
• Canadian Freestyle skiers continue to thrive, with impressive medal hauls at every Olympics and at World Cup events each winter, along with strong and growing enrolment at the grassroots level.
• The Gemini Freestyle Centre is helping to train and develop the champions of the future right here in the west.
For further information and venue booking details please contact [email protected].
Huge thank you to our founding sponsors The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and Gemini, as well as to those who have contributed to the ‘Friends and Family Campaign’ and our 3 Ullr Gala Fundraisers. Thank you also to Freestyle BC and B2ten for their financial support, which has helped us complete the centre.