FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup joins the Jamboree lineup.
Presented by Vidéotron Mobile in Quebec City and Stoneham, February 9–12, 2017
After two years in the making, now it’s official! FIS Freestyle Skiing competition is coming to Québec City, with Big Air and Slopestyle World Cup events now added to the lineup for the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile from February 9–12, 2017. And since good things come in pairs, the organizers are pleased to confirm that Slopestyle is returning to Stoneham Mountain Resort for this year’s event. “This is the 18th year we’ve hosted FIS Snowboard events in Quebec City, and this year we have eight World Cup competitions on the lineup,” said Patrice Drouin, President of Gestev. “We’ve worked hard for this and are very proud to add these events to the festival program.”
For High Performance Program Director at Canadian Freestyle Ski Association David Mirota, this is a major boost for the sport development in the country. “It is great to have freestyle disciplines added to the Jamboree this year. As a World Cup host country in Slopestyle and Big Air, we will have more athletes from the next generation taking part in the event. This will be a great opportunity for them to measure up to the best international athletes in their sport. “
Homegrown athletes confirmed
Last year’s winner of the Big Air event, local athlete Maxence Parrot, has already confirmed he’ll be back in Quebec City to defend his title. Parrot, who finished fifth in the Slopestyle event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, will also be heading to Stoneham for this early 2017 event to prove he still has what it takes to go big in South Korea in 2018. He’ll be up against some even stiffer competitors this year, with fellow Quebecer Sébastien Toutant confirming he will be on the start line too. Another homegrown athlete, Big Air champion at the 2016 X Games and the last World Cup event in Boston, Vincent Gagnier will also be in Québec City defending his Big Air title. And in Stoneham, Quebecer Kim Lamarre who took bronze at Sochi in the Slopestyle event will be one to watch. All in all, some 200 athletes from no fewer than 20 countries are expected to come to Quebec City in February to compete in the various events.
Program shaping up
It’s going to be another action-packed program as the Jamboree pursues its quest to stay ahead of the game as Quebec City’s ultimate winter sports fest. As well as bringing the action back to Stoneham and spicing things up with the Freestyle Skiing component, the event promises spectators a long weekend full of sporting action and cultural programming. Full details of the program will be revealed within the next few months.
About the 2017 Jamboree
Shining the spotlight on snow sports in Quebec City and Stoneham, the Jamboree has hosted the FIS Snowboard World Cup every year since 2005. This year’s Jamboree runs February 9–12, 2017, marking the 18th year of Snowboard World Cup events in Quebec. For the occasion, the event will showcase not only the FIS Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle World Cups, but also add Freestyle Ski World Cup comps to the mix for the first time ever. The Quebec Winter Events Corporation has tasked Gestev with organizing this prestigious world-class happening. Gestev is a leading-edge company that has specialized in organizing sporting and cultural events in the Quebec City area since 1992 and has earned BNQ 9700-253 certification for responsible event management.