The Air Nation tour made its final preliminary stop at Mont Tremblant February 13-15 on its way to Calgary Alberta for the Nationals. This was athlete’s last opportunity to hone their skills in a competitive atmosphere before the grand finale at COP. For The Senders, our athletes rose to the occasion producing some great results and having a fantastic experience.
The trip started on Monday February the 12th, when Coaches Sam Marcotte, Kiersten Higginson and Andy Stewart met with Athletes Patrice Poulin, Madison Gale, Carter Wega, Joesph Jedrej, Sam Koven, and Liam Brearley to begin their journey east. After multiple Tim’s stops, a few animal/ scenic stops and a couple of missed turns the crew found themselves in Quebec trying to navigate their way to Mont Tremblant. Luckily for us, we had a few francophones on board to help us get there.
Upon arrival, we met fellow teammate Cameron Spalding and unpacked and settled in to two separate airbnb units. One unit was a ski in ski out condo located at the base of Mont Tremblant while the other was a short drive away located just around the corned from the shops at St Jovite.
Day 1 - Training
Practice went off day 1, Tuesday February 13th, with a perfectly built course featuring 3 jumps into 2 rail decks, each with multiple approaches and options. The weather couldn’t have been better with Blue skys and the sun out, it was sure to be a perfect day. Luckily for the team, friend and photographer Steve Jarret was out taking some photos and was able to get some awesome shots. Everyone had a great day of practice, getting used to the new terrain and putting together their contest runs for the next two days.
Day 2 – Event 1
On day two, the first slopestyle event kicked off, with decent weather and a stacked start list. In the ladies division, Madison Gale was holding it down for The Senders putting down a clean run consisting of a frontside 360 and backside 360. A trick she had only learned the day before in practice! This solid run earned her some respect and landed her the 4th spot overall.Cameron Spalding was first to drop for the men, as he was the lone rider of the team in heat one. Cameron came out swinging, putting down a huge run of cab 900 to back-to-back 720s with some technical rail tricks to finish. It was this run that found him the 5th spot overall qualifying for finals. Close behind him in heat two was Liam Brearley. Liam put together a similar run consisting of a 900 and two 720s. Sam Koven managed to sneak in to finals opting for a clean and stylish switch backside 540 on the first jump and getting creative being one of the only riders to hit the side up rail putting down a smooth frontside bluntslide 270 and standing out to the judges. In finals, Sam was able to put one down, finishing 7th overall with teammate Cameron Spalding just ahead in 6th place. Liam Brearley found some real estate on the podium with his clean jump tricks and technical rail tricks landing him the 2nd place finish overall.
Day 3 – Event 2
On day three, the weather took a turn for the worse. Non-the less, the competitors stayed focused and the riding only got better. People were building and improving on their runs from the previous events and the bigger tricks like cab doubles were coming out. This didn’t phase our athletes as they came prepared. Madi Gale put down another great run landing both her 360’s and finding a similar result to event one, a 4th place overall finish. Joseph Jedrej was able to put one together linking his inverted wild cat into a couple of 360s for a clean run, with Blue Mountain program companion Carter Wega also having a strong finish. Carter made some strategic changes to his run that paid off, putting down solid landings and finding himself the 8th spot in his heat and 17th place finish overall. No stranger to finals, Liam Brearley threw his hat in the ring putting down a good qualifying run and earning himself a spot in finals, finishing 10th overall. Patrice Poulin found his name on the leaderboard with a full pull that earned him the 9th spot overall and Sam Koven showed everyone he means business with his second finals result landing him in 8th place.
We finished the stay in Tremblant with a team dinner at the ski in/ ski out, followed by some laser tag and tobogganing. The next day we packed our bags and were ready to make our way home. The journey home was an eventful one, as one group took the scenic route, stopping to scope some ‘natty’ handrails in the Ottawa area and made a pit stop at the war museum.
After a scenic drive home, another great trip is in the books. The infamous Senders trip to Mont Tremblant was a success once again. Until next year Tremblant!