The 2008 Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival wrapped this past weekend in Whistler, B.C. The event is a week-long festival of art, music, snowboarding, skiing and, most importantly, partying.
Seventeen-year-old ripper Sebastien Toutant, of L’Assomption, Que., took 1st place in the Big Air competition on April 12th. Norway’s Kim Andre Eliason finished 2nd and Matt Belzile, of Aylmer, Que., took 3rd.
The “If Ullr Was a Girl” competition went down from April 13th to the 15th and covered backcountry riding, halfpipe and slopestyle. The final standings saw Bev Vuilleumier end up in 1st, Spencer O’Brien finish 2nd and Jess Cumming come in 3rd.
The snowboarding wrapped up on April 19th with the Superpipe finals. On the men’s side, Ontario’s Jeff Batchelor made a good showing as he placed 2nd, behind Fumiyuki Murakami, and won the Superhit competition. Kazuumi Fujita rounded out the podium.
For the women, Shiho Nakashima (1st), Naho Mizuki (2nd) and Rana Okada (3rd) topped the podium with Alex Duckworth and Dom Vallee coming in 4th and 5th respectively.
For the full story on the events, and reports on all the behind-the-scenes action, check out snowboardcanada.com.