Words & photos by Felix Rioux

Video by Joel Whalen

On March 20th I met up with Iannick B, JD Zicat and Allison Thompson from Salomon for a day of skiing at Sunshine Village. Nothing better than a chill day at the mountain before gearing up for the second Canadian Jib Academy stop of the season.

Around 60 skiers registered to participate on the Saturday event at COP (Canadian Olympic Park). I never realized how cool this event really is for kids who take the time to register (there’s no registration fees). Not only do they get to ski all day with Salomon athletes but upon arrival they receive a Jib Academy bib, Skullcandy headphones, Salomon and NS stickers along with a bandana and SBC Skier magazine and a nice lunch…and all of this is free.

The Salomon coaches at COP included a stacked line-up including Iannick B, JD Zicat, Mike Douglas, Brandon Kelly, Noah Bowman, Drew Wittstock and local Ben Gerwing.

In line waiting for their free gear while Mike gets ready for another shot.

Mike D on a shooting spree.

Tucker Visser

Mike Douglas

Time to do some stretching and warm up.

Superman rocks.

JD Zicat

Brandon Kelly going for the laid back.

Iannick and JD discussing how the comp will go down…

JD Zicat

Flips were definitely the flavor of the day.

Mike Douglas holds the top 16 finalists.

Iannick B judging the rails and bringing back the Sled Dogs.

Tucker Visser is Going to Mammoth for 5 days to ski with the International Salomon Pro Team


1) Tucker Visser

2) Alex Mochan

3) Garrett Northey

4) Brendan Mackay

5) Hunter Visser

6) Jaeden Schneider-Clark

Coaches' Choice

Jd Zicat - Keaton Carlson

Iannick - Vinzenz Keller

Drew Wittstock - Kyler Tritter

Mike D - Brayden Power

Noah Bowman - Michael McKenzie

Brandon Kelly - Neil Jeffries