ATHLETES

HAVE UNTIL MARCH 8 TO THROW NAME IN THE RUNNING

FOR

A SPOT IN THE WHISTLER COMPETITIONS

TELUS

World Ski &

Snowboard Festival’s Canadian MVP will win inaugural Pontiac Peak

Performer Award and a hot new ride

 

WHISTLER,

BC, February 23 2007 –

For 10 days in April,

skiers & snowboarders will

gather for five competitions and the classic end to an incredible

season in

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<p><font coloru003d"black" faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;color:windowtext">Snowboarders and skiers

will again join forces for the

2007 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, with the <b><span styleu003d"font-weight:bold">Old Spice World Snowboarding Classic</span></b>

and

the <b><span styleu003d"font-weight:bold">World Skiing Invitational</span></b>

taking place simultaneously April 12 - 21. </span></font></p>

<p><font coloru003d"black" faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;color:windowtext">Over 150 riders and skiers

will take on the <b><span styleu003d"font-weight:bold">Stompede, Rail

Session, Superpipe and TWO Big Air

competitions</span></b> throughout the festival week. In addition to

$100,000

in cash & prizes on the line, athletes will be motivated to go big

by the

opportunity to win the inaugural Pontiac Peak Perfomer Award and the

keys to a

brand new Pontiac G5 GT.</span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">The Canadian skier or

rider who out-spins, out-jumps and

out-grinds their competitors across four events and receives the most

votes at

the on-site Pontiac display will receive the Peak Performer award and

will

squeal out of town in a slick, black Pontiac G5 GT after the April 21

Big Air. </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">A newly introduced

lottery format will give the

opportunity for emerging athletes to secure a spot in the World Skiing

Invitational and Old Spice World Snowboarding Classic competitions, so

fresh

contenders can mix it up with established pros and previous champions.</span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">Athlete Manager Lindsay

O’Brien said, “Uniting

pros and amateurs through a mixture of invitational and open fields

makes the

festival an event for all levels of riders.  It provides an exciting

opportunity for up & comers to size up their skills against the

pros and

help to launch their competitive careers and have a ton of fun in the

process.”",1]

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Snowboarders and skiers

will again join forces for the

2007 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, with the Old Spice World Snowboarding Classic

and

the World Skiing Invitational

taking place simultaneously April 12 - 21.

Over 150 riders and skiers

will take on the Stompede, Rail

Session, Superpipe and TWO Big Air

competitions throughout the festival week. In addition to

$100,000

in cash & prizes on the line, athletes will be motivated to go big

by the

opportunity to win the inaugural Pontiac Peak Perfomer Award and the

keys to a

brand new Pontiac G5 GT.

The Canadian skier or

rider who out-spins, out-jumps and

out-grinds their competitors across four events and receives the most

votes at

the on-site Pontiac display will receive the Peak Performer award and

will

squeal out of town in a slick, black Pontiac G5 GT after the April 21

Big Air.

 

A newly introduced

lottery format will give the

opportunity for emerging athletes to secure a spot in the World Skiing

Invitational and Old Spice World Snowboarding Classic competitions, so

fresh

contenders can mix it up with established pros and previous champions.

 

Athlete Manager Lindsay

O’Brien said, “Uniting

pros and amateurs through a mixture of invitational and open fields

makes the

festival an event for all levels of riders.  It provides an exciting

opportunity for up & comers to size up their skills against the

pros and

help to launch their competitive careers and have a ton of fun in the

process.”<!--

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<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">Between now and March

8, athletes can go to <a hrefu003d"http://www.whistler2007.com/" targetu003d"_blank" onclicku003d"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">http://www.whistler2007.com</a>

to request an

invitation or enter the lottery.  Confirmed competitor lists will be

announced

on March 12. </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;font-weight:bold">Event

Low-Down:</span></font></b></p>

<p><b><font coloru003d"black" faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;color:windowtext;font-weight:bold">April

12-15 Stompede</span></font></b><font coloru003d"black" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;color:windowtext"> –

With a mix of invitational and open lottery spots, the new &

improved

STOMPEDE Arena will again be built at the top of the Emerald Chair on Whistler Mountain and will consist of a

terrain

park course with specially designed features and rails. Instead of

running the

course in its’ entirety, each heat will session each feature together,

then move on to the next feature. </span></font></p>

<p><font coloru003d"black" faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;color:windowtext">2006 Winners have received

advance invitations to the

competion. These include skiers Mike Henitiuk, Riley Leboe, Taylor

Felton, Kaya

Turski and Michelle Parker. Snowboarders include <strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal">Craig Beaulieu</span></font></b></strong><strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal">,

Brad Martin, Dennis Bannock, Star Quinn and Charmaine

Ironside.</span></font></b></strong></span></font></p>

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Between now and March

8, athletes can go to http://www.whistler2007.com

to request an

invitation or enter the lottery.  Confirmed competitor lists will be

announced

on March 12.

 

Event

Low-Down:

April

12-15 Stompede –

With a mix of invitational and open lottery spots, the new &

improved

STOMPEDE Arena will again be built at the top of the Emerald Chair on Whistler Mountain and will consist of a

terrain

park course with specially designed features and rails. Instead of

running the

course in its’ entirety, each heat will session each feature together,

then move on to the next feature.

2006 Winners have received

advance invitations to the

competion. These include skiers Mike Henitiuk, Riley Leboe, Taylor

Felton, Kaya

Turski and Michelle Parker. Snowboarders include Craig Beaulieu,

Brad Martin, Dennis Bannock, Star Quinn and Charmaine

Ironside.

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13-14 Old Spice Big Air</span></font></b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> –

The first of TWO Big Air competitions will kick off on Saturday 14,

showcasing

15 snowboarders and 15 skiers in a 2 jump contest. The top 3 scoring

skiers

will advance to a 5,7,9 and beyond super final, and join a charged

field with

2006 ski air winners Jon Olsson,

TJ Schiller and Sammy

Carlson and riders <strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal">TJ

Schneider</span></font></b></strong><strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal">,

Mike Page and Travis Williams.</span></font></b></strong></span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;font-weight:bold">April

18-21 Superpipe – </span></font></b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">Blackcomb’s

Superpipe will host 4 days of competitions, with Round One starting out

with 85

snowboarders and 95 skiers. Top skiers and riders will move on to the

Semi

Finals, then Finals, where 2006 Superpipe Ski Champions Andreas Hatveit, Mike

Riddle,

Justin Dorey, Marie Martinod and Sarah Burke, and

Snowboard Superpipe<strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal"> Champions Crispin Lipscomb, Takaharu Nakai, Taka

Ishihara, Brad Martin, Soko

Yamaoka and Dominique Vallee

will be waiting to take them on.</span></font></b></strong></span></font></p>

<p><strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal"> </span></font></b></strong></p>

<p><b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;font-weight:bold">April

19 Rail Session </span></font></b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">Defending

snowboarders Matt Dano and Molly Milligan",1]

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13-14 Old Spice Big Air –

The first of TWO Big Air competitions will kick off on Saturday 14,

showcasing

15 snowboarders and 15 skiers in a 2 jump contest. The top 3 scoring

skiers

will advance to a 5,7,9 and beyond super final, and join a charged

field with

2006 ski air winners Jon Olsson,

TJ Schiller and Sammy

Carlson and riders TJ

Schneider,

Mike Page and Travis Williams.

 

April

18-21 Superpipe – Blackcomb’s

Superpipe will host 4 days of competitions, with Round One starting out

with 85

snowboarders and 95 skiers. Top skiers and riders will move on to the

Semi

Finals, then Finals, where 2006 Superpipe Ski Champions Andreas Hatveit, Mike

Riddle,

Justin Dorey, Marie Martinod and Sarah Burke, and

Snowboard Superpipe Champions Crispin Lipscomb, Takaharu Nakai, Taka

Ishihara, Brad Martin, Soko

Yamaoka and Dominique Vallee

will be waiting to take them on.

 

April

19 Rail Session Defending

snowboarders Matt Dano and Molly Milligan<!--

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will fight off 10 male and 3 female invited challengers. On the ski

side, Corey Vanular and

Kaya Turski will take on 10 male

and 3 females in the one hour action packed Rail Session.</span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;font-weight:bold">April

21 Big Air</span></font></b><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> –

The Festival’s Grand Finale invites a whole new field of riders to hit

the jump, along with 2006 ski winners Jon Olsson, TJ Schiller and Sammy

Carlson

and snowboard champs <strong><b><font faceu003d"Verdana"><span styleu003d"font-family:Verdana;font-weight:normal">TJ Schneider, Mike

Page and Travis Williams. </span></font></b></strong>Skiers

and riders will compete in the 5,7,9 and beyond Super Final with the

top placer

winning the much sought after title of Big Air Champion.</span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p styleu003d"margin:0cm 0cm 0.0001pt"><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> </span></font></p>

<p><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">The <i><span styleu003d"font-style:italic">TELUS World Ski

& Snowboard Festival</span></i> is produced by Watermark

Communications, </span></font><span><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana;letter-spacing:-0.2pt">a

Whistler sports & entertainment

marketing company</span></font></span><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana">, and <span>presented in partnership with Tourism

Whistler and

Whistler Blackcomb.</span></span></font><font faceu003d"Verdana" sizeu003d"2"><span styleu003d"font-size:10pt;font-family:Verdana"> Founded by W1’s Doug

Perry

twelve years ago, and now the largest annual winter sports and music

festival

in North America, </span>",1]

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will fight off 10 male and 3 female invited challengers. On the ski

side, Corey Vanular and

Kaya Turski will take on 10 male

and 3 females in the one hour action packed Rail Session.

 

April

21 Big Air –

The Festival’s Grand Finale invites a whole new field of riders to hit

the jump, along with 2006 ski winners Jon Olsson, TJ Schiller and Sammy

Carlson

and snowboard champs TJ Schneider, Mike

Page and Travis Williams. Skiers

and riders will compete in the 5,7,9 and beyond Super Final with the

top placer

winning the much sought after title of Big Air Champion.


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