Logan Frame of Campbell River gets some air at the Podium of Life Water Ramp Camp in Whistler.

Podium skiers ramp it up

Water ramping has allowed athletes to hone their jumping skills

Sunday was the final day of water ramps at Blackcomb for Podium of LIfe skiers.

There were three different groups involved at a special camp held at Blackcomb: Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy, BC Development Freestyle Team, and Vancouver Freestyle Ski Club. Over 25 athletes participated in the last day, flipping and flying and spinning and twisting. The event brought kids from all over B.C. including a strong group from Vancouver Island, ranging in age from 10 to 17 years.

“It was so rewarding to see the older kids mentor the younger ones,” says Shane Harle, a teacher Podium of Life Snow Sports Academy. “Some of the more experienced athletes performed some extreme tricks inspiring the younger ones to try new things.”

With such good weather this summer, the water ramping has allowed athletes to hone their jumping skills.

And with Podium of Life offering a promotional “Try Freestyle” program to locals, there have been a number of kids hit the ramps for the first time.