Mar 20, 2012
"Stay calm, this update is still (for the most part) positive! Due to the unseasonably high temperatures Blue Mountain has been experiencing we will be making significant changes to our event scheduling and course for this coming weekend. In order to preserve the existing snow and construct a brand new course, practice will no longer be offered on Thursday March 22, 2012. Practice time will still be made available to athletes in advance of their qualifying runs. At this time, the new course will be located under the Silver Bullet chairlift on Smart Alec, just above the main village. Based on the available snow on the neighbouring two hills we are realistically expecting to be able to offer competitors the following three decks; two of the decks will consist of two rails each, and one deck will consist of a medium-sized terrain park jump. The course will be a hike up only for Friday's contest with the hopes of having access to a chair lift on Saturday. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to the tour as we are all truly committed to making this the best event possible based on the conditions and weather. For any further questions about timing please check our homepage www.THECANADIANSHIELD.ca"
Toronto, ON – The fourth and final stop of the 2012 Canadian Shield Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle tour is
quickly approaching. Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario will play host to the tour finale from March 22-24,
and will see another $20,000 cash purse handed out. The final stop will also include the crowning of the 2012
overall tour champions during the awards ceremonies following each competition day.
With Ontario experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures this month, the onset of spring riding conditions
has come upon us earlier than expected. Luckily, Blue Mountain has been stockpiling snow supplies all season
and has assured contest organizers and participants that there will be a condensed slopestyle course ready for
this weekend. Park staff will be consistently grooming, maintaining and fertilizing the course throughout the
competition to ensure the best possible riding conditions. Event organizers have made a few modifications to
the competition scheduling in an effort to ensure all competitors have the opportunity to compete on the
course in its best possible state. The pro & am categories will now be practicing at 8:00 a.m. on their
competition day, followed by their qualifying runs to begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. The rookie categories will
compete directly following the pro & am qualifiers and each competition day will end with pro & am finals.
For all the current event details and scheduling refer to
There is a plethora of exciting things taking place at the Blue Mountain stop of The Canadian Shield Tour. One
of the most anticipated components will be the presentation of the tour titles to the competitors who have
earned the highest number of tour points throughout the four-stops. The overall standings are by no means
set in stone and many categories are still open for the taking heading into the Blue Mountain stop.
On the line for the pro category is a 7-day surf trip to Eldorado Surf Resort in El Salvador. Currently Warren
Williams is in the tour points lead for the pro men’s division, however his lead is narrow and several riders
including Ryan Manning, Craig Gouweloos, Chris Collard and Craig Beaulieu could easily change the rankings if
they place well. Similarly in the women’ s pro snowboard rankings, Jenna Blasman current holds the lead
ahead of Natalie Allport, Gillian Andrewshenko and Samm Denena. Jenna has placed first at the two tour
stops she has attended this year, so another strong performance could capture the title for her. The only
certainty heading into the fourth and final stop is that the battle for the podium and the remaining tour points
will be a must see at Blue Mountain on Friday March 23.