National Training Centre


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WBFSC is spearheading the creation of a National Training Centre for Freestyle Skiing in Western Canada. In partnership with Freestyle Canada and Whistler Blackcomb, we have identified a site and secured the generous support of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. We now need to match this $300,000 donation to complete the centre and we are currently looking for sponsors/donors to make this dream a reality and help produce the champions of the future from right here in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Project Details:
• The NTC will include a World Class Mogul course and event site and Judges stand, along with a permanent Airbag Training area, to allow for safe training of acrobatic snowsport skills, throughout Whistler’s 6 month long winter season.

The Location:
• Located right next to Blackcomb’s world class terrain park and halfpipe, making this a real hub for Freestyle skiing and ensuring Whistler will offer one of the best training facilities for Freestyle Skiing in the world.
• Located in a prime spot on the mountain close to the newly renovated Rendezvous Lodge in a sunny location, the centre will be seen by millions of skiers each year.
• By adding snowmaking we can ensure the centre will be fully operational from the start to the end of WB’s long ski season.

Who will use it:
• The centre will be used for both training and events, across different disciplines and sexes, from young beginner freestyle skiers in the ‘Freestyle Devo’ Ski School programme, to teens in the local clubs, as well as host provincial, national and international teams to train and compete in Whistler.
• Snowboard and Big Mountain skiers will also be able to train at the Airbag Facility.
• It will benefit 1000’s of young skiers and enable them to train safely.

An Olympic Legacy:
• Freestyle skiing is one of Canada’s most successful winter sports yet sadly did not benefit from a permanent Olympic legacy after the 2010 Vancouver Games, as did Alpine and Nordic skiing and the Sliding and Skating sports.
• Canadian Freestyle skiers continue to thrive, with impressive medal hauls at the 2014 Olympics and at World Cup events each winter, along with strong and growing enrolment at the grassroots level, yet most of these champions are hailing from Quebec.
• The NTC will help us to train and develop the champions of the future right here in the west.

Proposal:
• We have secured $300,000 in sponsorship with a generous donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
We need to match this amount to start building the Mogul and Airbag sites, Judges stand, purchase the Airbag and be operational in December 2017. (Phase 1 – $662,000)
• In addition we are looking to raise a further $250,000 to add full snowmaking capabilities, so that the centre can operate in optimal condition throughout the extended winter season. (Phase 2)

Become a Founding Sponsor:
• In return for a substantial capital contribution, we are offering Naming Rights to the facility for a minimum of 10 years, guaranteeing long-term, season long exposure in the #1 Ski Resort in the North America, which will include signage at the entrance to the venue, on the judges stand, on banners/flags in the centre and on printed and digital WB trail maps.
• Enjoy longterm association with Canada’s most successful winter snow sport.
• Enjoy prime location and global exposure – the NTC will be seen by millions of Whistler’s recreational skiers and riders from around the world and the centre will be recognized as a world class centre of excellence for Freestyle Skiing.

• Smaller donations to help us reach our goal will also receive longterm recognition at the venue.

Timeline:
• Whistler Blackcomb, Freestyle Canada and the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club, have joined together and signed a detailed MOU.
• The site has been surveyed and with an experienced project management team in place, we are ready to build this project right away.
• With your support we will be able to complete the National Freestyle Training Centre this summer.

For further information and to get involved either as a sponsor, fundraiser or supporter please contact info@whistlerblackcombfreestyle.com