Follow the Girls: WSSF – Day 3
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Follow the Girls: WSSF – Day 3

Sarah Hopwood

Follow the Girls (F.T.G) is written by Whistler local Sarah Hopwood. Although she loves skiing here, she’s unfortunately been unlucky on the injury front. Despite the set backs, actually it’s because of them, she spreads her love of skiing in other ways. She’s been running a women’s freestyle day on the mountain; 500 members strong the girls are absolutely KILLING it in the park, and she can’t wait to tear it up with them and share the stories with you!

#localWSSF Day 3

The skiing was going off yesterday at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival! The girls were killing it up in the Blackcomb Terrain Park in the morning, then the men were throwing down on the slopestyle course and for the Gibbons Big Air jump in the afternoon. It was so impressive to be up there amongst the action; even though me and my friend were both on crutches we just took the chairlifts up and some very kind ski patrollers took us down on a toboggan to watch. Thank you guys, it was hilarious and quite an adventure!

The girls were chilling in Tapleys Pub (we demolished the biggest plate of nachos I have EVER seen!) and once we all met up again we headed up to watch the awards in the Skiers Plaza. Was so stoked to see all the pros, there was a really good vibe and they came into the crowd after for some photo ops. I caught up with local girl Yuki Tsubota who took home the gold in women’s slopestyle. She threw down a really technical run and has an effortless style that makes it look so easy – believe me, it’s not! She also won bronze in the Big Air so great result for our girl – massive congrats.

Slopstyle Results:

Women: 1st Yuki Tsubota | 2nd Katie Summerhayes | 3rd Kim Lamarre
Men: 1st Bobby Brown | 2nd McRae Williams | 3rd Antoine Adelisse

Gibbons Life Big Air

Gibbons Big Air Results:

Women: 1st Giulia Tanno | 2nd Katie Summerhayes | 3rd Yuki Tsubota
Men: 1st Vincent Gagnier | 2nd James Woods | 3rd Elias Ambuehl

The Gibbons Big Air After Party at the Longhorn was buzzing and all the athletes were there celebrating. We had a massive crew and boogied well into the early hours…

Today: Still managed to somehow feel ok this morning and will be getting back up on the mountain as soon as I finish writing this to watch the Superpipe Finals. Women’s are at 1.45 followed by men’s finals at 2.30. Make sure you get up there to watch – the superpipe in Blackcomb Park has a great spectator area and the atmosphere should be pretty good!

Tonight is “legendary locals night” at the Longhorn, an absolute classic. It’s always a good night and you can rely on loads of locals turning up and seeing people you know – catch us there!

Keep following on Instagram/Snapchat for up to the minute up dates on the WSSF action @ski_sarah/ski_sarah and tell us your story with #localWSSF

Sarah Hopwood