Andrew Burns and Caley Vanular TAKE first place in Whistler Blackcomb's Showcase Showdown

Backyard slopestyle format brings the action to Whistler Mountain base.

Whistler Blackcomb's annual Showcase Showdown went off last Saturday as onlookers crowded into Skiers' Plaza

and onto patios to watch the action at the base of Whistler Mountain. After a hard fought battle, Caley Vanular

claimed first place in the women's category. Second place went to Molly Milligan and third went to Janelle Prtichard.

Meanwhile, Andrew Burns took first in the men's category, while Rusty Ockeneden claimed second place and

Mike Osachuk took third.

The six riders, who won a total of $5,000 cash and prizes from event sponsors, including Nixon headphones

and Sandbox helmets, will also be featured in Sandboxss next snowboard film "Shine On".

In its twelfth year, the Showcase Showdown has enjoyed another successful transformation and has proven

once again why Whistler Blackcomb's Nintendo Terrain Parks are ranked No. 1 in North America. This year's

course was inspired by the mini-parks in locals' backyards all over Whistler. The slopestyle course design,

which included rails and industrial-style jib features with happy faces, was a collaboration of Showcase

Team Manager Brad Broughton; Kevin Sansalone of Sandbox Films; Steve Petrie master park-builder and

designer and builder of the 2010 Olympic Halfpipe; and Whistler Blackcomb's Park Rangers.

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