Tremblant's Telus SPIN festival once again lives up to its reputation as being the Best Spring Ski Festival East of Whistler. With 12 days of ski and snowboard events, fun activities, concerts and parties there is a lot to do. I was lucky enough to spend 6 of the 12 days at Tremblant this year, and checked, so here's a little of what goes on.
Saturday started off with a stop of the Salomon Jib Academy tour. Sixty junior riders under 16 years old turned out to Tremblant's North Side Park jump line to throw down as the sun came and went.
The mornings session gave the athletes a chance to hone their tricks under the guidance of Salomon team riders in a fun relaxed atmosphere.
After a quick lunch break everyone was back on the lift heading to the top of the park, ready to hit the 3 jump line in a jam style format. Every possible combination of flips, spins and grabs we thrown between the athletes as the DJ spun beats under the Salomon tents.
After all was said and done Matt Wilcox came out on top. Picking up an oversided cheque and a trip to the Jib Academy finals in Mammoth.
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As the sun went down a crowd gathered at the base of the mountain and the urban stair setup for the Coca-Cola T4 challenge. With a slightly modified format, teams of 1 skier and 1 snowboarder each, sessioned the rail and 2 ledges in attempt to wow the judges with the best run in a jam format competition.
After several laps up and down the course and every combination of presses, disasters, switch-ups, and flips over the stairs, the costumed teams of two gathered under the lights in the cold waiting for results. The judges tallied the scores and the winners gathered on the stairs for their big cheques.
1st place: Team Force Speciale (Jason Dubois et JD Zicat),
2nd place : Les Pítites Cailles (Jérémie Cloutier, Dominic Laporte)
3rd place : Indien Fou (Martin Boulet, Yan Devot)
4th place : Les Ninjas (Francis Pelletier, Éric-Olivier-Thériault)
A few days off from the events seemed to confuse Mother Nature, as as thursday rolls around, she cranks up the heat to temperatures more suited to July then April. The 20+ degree heat, 80's for you Americans, brought out the party atmosphere, and one of the more rediculous events of the festival, the Cardboard Cup. Teams of various Tremblant department employees, and bar staff submitted the most creative cardboard only crafts the could to race down the head to head course.
The festival continues for 3 more days in the sun, with amazing skiing, concerts, DJs, and the always entertaining Caribou parties.
The weekend finished off with the Skier Cross. Despite the course taking a little abuse with the heat, the race went off with with pro and amature skiers charging their way down the course.
All in all Tremblant's Telus SPIN festival lives up to being one of the Best Spring Festivals in the East.
With the Caribou Cup still to come, Tremblant shows us that no matter what the weather, they are the place to be for spring fun!