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Snowboard Slopestyle

Tyler Nicholson

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Tyler Nicholson

Tyler Nicholson grew up in North Bay, ON and started snowboarding at seven after he received a snowboard for Christmas. After only a few days on the hill, he was drawn to the park. He started riding on rails and jumps and then, began entering contests.

Nicholson, being the youngest and newest addition to the National team has some big shoes to fill, but that shouldn't be a problem considering his Gold medal win in Turkey at the World Junior Championships and a 3rd place finish at The Shred Show Slopestyle in Whistler, BC.

Tyler previously trained with the Simple Snowboarding team and spends parts of his summer in the Southern Hemisphere training to stay on snow. In Tyler's short amount of off-season he coaches for South Bay Wakeboarding School, and loves to Motocross.

In 2017, Tyler took home 3rd place at the LAAX open in Slopestyle and followed that up by grabbing his first ever X Games Aspen medal, a silver, in Slope as well.

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North Bay, ON T I F

Mikey Ciccarelli

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Mikey Ciccarelli

When Mikey started skiing with his family, seeing all the snowboarders on the hill made him want to snowboard instead, at age 6 he got his first snowboard for Christmas and since then has been in love with the sport. Mikey loves it so much he remembers one of the crazier things he has done with snowboarding, he competed in the US Open Junior Jam with a 2 week old broken collarbone, in the last year he was able to compete in it.

Mikey competes in all freestyle disciplines; Slopestyle, Halfpipe, and Big Air. He follows the WST around more often then the FIS World Cups, and ended the 13/14 season ranked 7th overall on the WST ranking list in the 3 combined disciplines. In the Summer months Mikey tries to skateboard as much as possible, golfs and gets ready for the upcoming winter training.

In 2016/2017, Mikey landed on his biggest podium yet, grabbing a silver at the Burton US Open in Slopestyle behind fellow Canadian Mark McMorris.


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Ancaster, ON T I F

Brooke Voigt

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Brooke Voigt

Brooke Voigt grew up in Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta and started skiing at an early age. Under the impression that skiers couldn’t hit the park features, she asked her mom for snowboard lessons, at age nine she was trying it out for the first time. Back then, she lived close to the local ski hill which was really convenient and gave her something to do during the weekends. At 15 she moved to Calgary and is now a graduate of the National Sports School in Calgary, Alberta.

Voigt remembers best her first World Cup podium: she was only 16, competing in a Slopestyle contest in Calgary, Alberta, in which she finished second. She repeated this exploit in 2011 in Calgary and 2012 in Stoneham. Voigt has two top tens at the Burton Canadian Open and has landed on the podium in two Billabong Flaunt It contests. In the summer, Voigt enjoys camping with friends, road tripping around, and hanging with her family.

In 2016/2017, Brooke was the lone Canadian female to podium at the Stoneham, QC Slopestyle Jamboree, taking home 3rd and the bronze medal. 


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Laurie Blouin

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Laurie Blouin

A Stoneham, Quebec native, Laurie Blouin is no stranger to the slopestyle game. Following in her brother’s footsteps at the age of 6, she is now on the forefront of slopestyle progression with her impressive trick repertoire including a double variation where few have been done on the female side. After taking home silver at the Seiser Alm, Italy Slopestyle World Cup in February 2017,  Laurie went on to stun the field at the FIS Sierra Nevada World Championships, taking home the title of ‘FIS World Snowboard Champion’ in Slopestyle. Laurie then finished the 2016/2017 season with a gold at the Grandvalira Total Fight in Andorra to wrap up one of her most successful season to date.


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Stoneham, QC T I F

Darcy Sharpe

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Darcy Sharpe

Darcy Sharpe was raised in mountain culture and began snowboarding at the age of five. He grew up in Comox, BC where his dad works at Mount Washington Alpine resort. His older brother works in Asia at a ski resort, while his sister competes in freestyle skiing.

Darcy made the move to Whistler at a young age to train with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Academy. No stranger to standing on top of podiums, Darcy’s most memorable achievement was placing second at the 2012 FIS Junior World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Darcy finished his 13/14 season as the 4th overall on the TTR ranking, competing in Big Air, Slopestyle and Halfpipe events, able to hold his own in all of them and produce podium wins.

In 2016/2017, Darcy took home 3rd at Air + Style Beijng, and already has a world cup silver medal in 2017/2018 after his slopestyle performance in New Zealand in September 2017.


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Comox, BC I F

Nicolas Laframboise

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Nicolas Laframboise

We’ve heard this one before. After his older brother took up snowboarding, "The flying raspberry" Nicolas Laframboise took to standing sideways at the young age of 6. The Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts, QC Native quickly took to snowboarding, and already has an impressive tally of results that include 1st at the Sport Chek Air Nation Mount St-Louis Moonstone Slopestyle, 1st at the Junior Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals Slopestyle comp, and 3rd in Big Air (That’s in 2017-2018 alone!)


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Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC I F

Sommer Gendron

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Sommer Gendron

At the age of 9, Sommer started snowboarding with the Beaver Valley Ski Club in Ontario. The 15 year old Toronto native is ranked 10th overall on the Canadian Ranking list for slopestyle and has goals to compete at several events this upcoming season. In her downtime she enjoys wakeboarding, skateboarding, running, and yoga. Sommer has goals to compete in another Junior World Championship, Rev Tour, and a World Cup in the 2017/2018 season.


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Jack MacDougall

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Jack MacDougall

At the young age of 8 John was gifted a snowboard from his neighbor one Christmas, and he hasn’t let go of it since. He learned how to snowboard through the teaching of his older brother who was a snowboard coach at their local hill in Grande Prairie, AB. His love for the sport of snowboarding has only grown and helps him see past the injuries, recovery process and challenging times. His career highlights are finishing 11th on the Canadian Ranking list for Slopestyle and 12th on the Canadian Ranking list for Big Air. Jack is eager to push himself with goals to learn new tricks for the 2017/2018 season and improve his consistency with the ones he can currently do. When he’s not shredding the slopes you can often find Jack skateboarding or trekking on hikes with his dog Remi.


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Will Buffey

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Will Buffey

William started Snowboarding at 5 years old at Mount St. Louis in Ontario. From the moment the young skateboarder strapped on the snowboard, he was hooked. Once he joined The Senders Society, the camaraderie of being part of the team and the coaching helped William evolve into a formidable competitive snowboarder, meeting numerous progressive milestones, all while keeping it fun. 

Snowboarding has taken William on numerous adventures and hills across the globe. One of his most memorable moments was, at 14, when he landed his first backside triple cork 1440 mid contest, and took home 5th in the FIS Jr. Worlds Big Air Championships in the Czech Republic.


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Toronto, ON T I F

Frank Jobin

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Frank Jobin

Francis was born in Quebec City and learned to snowboard at the age of 7. Growing up in a city famous in snowboarding for handrail spots, his progression and rail game has quickly evolved. From a win in Slopestyle at Canada Games in 2015, 1st at the 2016 Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals in Slopestyle, 3rd in the FIS Junior World Championships in 2016 and a recent 1st place performance in the Hot Dawgs & Handrails event at Bear Mountain, California. This guy has an arsenal of tricks that would make you think twice before challenging him to a game of SNOW. When he is not on snow he is often skateboarding, mountain biking, fishing, or camping. Keep your eyes out for Francis to add to his already heavy arsenal of trickery for the 2017/2018.


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Mateo Massitti

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Mateo Massitti

Your first board’s gotta be your favourite right? Canmore, AB’s Mateo Massitti certainly thinks so, getting his start on an old rusty board his parents bought him at age 9 after taking his first ever snowboard lesson the year before. A product of Calgary's Winsport academy, Mateo's hard work and perseverance allowed him to join the NextGen set-up for the first time in 2018-2019. 


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Snowboard Halfpipe

Jack Collins

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Jack Collins

Jack was nearly born into snowboarding, starting to ride at the young age of 3. His mom being a snowboard instructor at Fortress Mountain would take Jack to Fortress regularly to learn the basics. As Jack was too small for most equipment back then his mom would stuff pairs of snowboard gloves into the back of his bindings in order to make the board fit. He grew up riding Canada Olympic Park and continued to ride in snowboard programs at the hill.

Jack’s  recent accomplishments are a 2nd place finish in halfpipe at the 2017 Sport Chek Air Nation event at Canada Olympic Park, 14th in halfpipe at the Europa Cup in Laax, Switzerland, and a 3rd place finish in halfpipe at the Canadian National Junior Championships in 2016.

When he’s not snowboarding Jack spends his times skateboarding, golfing, surfing and going on hikes in the mountains near his cabin around Radium, BC. His goals for the upcoming season are to continue climbing up the Canadian ranking list and progress towards becoming an Olympian for Canada.


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Shawn Fair

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Shawn Fair

Born in Calgary, AB, Shawn never had to adventure too far to find the nearest ski hill with Canada Olympic Park being so close to home. From the moment he witnessed a video of a snowboarder on TV  he wanted to give snowboarding a try and set out to purchase his first board at the age of 10 - with his own money. When Shawn is not snowboarding he enjoys living it up in the outdoors be it wakeboarding, skateboarding and biking. His 2016/2017 highlights include a 1st place finish at the 2017 Sport Chek Air Nation Junior Nationals, 9th at Junior World Championships in Laax, Switzerland and a 3rd at the Sport Chek Air Nation tour stop in Calgary, AB. Keep your eyes out for Shawn as he looks to improve his rankings with a top 20 on the World Cup circuit and land on the podium again at the 2018 Sport Chek Air Nation Nationals.


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Calgary, AB T I F

Elizabeth Hosking

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Elizabeth Hosking

Elizabeth has been training full time since the age of 9. Early on, she had to make the difficult choice between soccer and snowboarding as her level of development made it difficult to do both. Determined to reach her Olympic dreams, and with help from her parents, Elizabeth made the decision to move to pursue her education at the Polyvalente St.Jérôme in their sport-studies program.

Elizabeth impressed as soon as she entered the contest scene with her work ethic and a series of dazzling performances. In 2017 Elizabeth was the top Canadian finisher in her first Senior World Championships appearance with a 14th place at the FIS 2017 World Snowboard Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.


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Longueuil, QC I F

Derek Livingston

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Derek Livingston

Derek Livingston was born in Scarborough, Ontario, and raised in Aurora. Livingston picked up snowboarding after watching his older brother – who he looked up to and wanted to be like. Derek did his first turns on a board at eight years old, under the supervision and teachings of his father.

Derek has had two back to back 1st place finishes at Snowcrown in Blue Mountain, and at his first Olympic Games in Sochi placed 19th when missing finals by half a point in his heat. He also took home 3rd place at Swiss Nationals 2017 at LAAX.

When he's not on the road, Livingston spends his time up at Whistler in British Columbia. When he isn't boarding you can probably find him hiking, or by the lakes and floating during the summer.


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Aurora, ON T I F

Braeden Adams

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Braeden Adams

As Canadian as it gets, Calgary’s Braeden Adams was a hockey player before deciding to take up snowboarding full time at age 13. Falling in love with riding and the community itself, it wasn’t long before he joined a snowboard club and kick started his competitive snowboarding career.

With a flurry of top 3 finishes in Air Nation events in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, Adams has some big goals for himself in 2018/2019 as he looks to improve his Canadian and international ranking and join the senior national team. When not standing sideways, the Winsport Academy product can be found golfing, playing basketball or listening to music.


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Calgary, AB T I F

Owen Wopnford

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Owen Wopnford

Born in Neepawa, Manitoba Owen moved to Calgary, Alberta at a young age. Like for a lot of Canadian kids hockey was his original sport of interest before he gave it up to be on a board at the age of 8. His time outside of snowboarding is spent at the Calgary skateparks, hanging with friends and taking on camping/hiking adventures in the Rockies. Owen represented Canada in the World Juniors in Laax, Switzerland  and is coming off of 3 podiums for the 2016/2017 most notably a 2nd place finish in the Sport Chek Junior Air Nation Nationals. He is on the come up representing his local snowboard shop, Royal Board Shop, and aims to progress his snowboarding with an arsenal of new tricks, improve his rankings in the Revolution Tour Series, and qualify to compete in a World Cup for the 2017/2018 season.


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Calgary, AB T I F

Ski Slopestyle

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand

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Alex Beaulieu-Marchand

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand won Canada’s first Olympic medal in men’s ski slopestyle, capturing bronze at PyeongChang 2018. Four years earlier, he’d been the lone Canadian in the Olympic debut of men’s ski slopestyle at Sochi 2014 where he advanced to the final.  Alex Beaulieu-Marchand represented Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi in slopestyle skiing. As a kid growing up in Quebec City, QC though, ABM (as he’s known on tour) wanted nothing more than to play in the NHL.

But Beaulieu-Marchand’s parents were avid skiers who went to the hills every week and insisted on bringing him, since spending their weekends sitting in an arena was not of interest.

ABM quickly developed a love for skiing and made the cross-country journey to the acclaimed Momentum Ski Camps in Whistler. Unable to afford it, he decided to knit and sell hats all summer to raise the $1,000 necessary to go. And now, several years later,  he spends a lot of his time training on those very same glaciers as a member of the Canadian Slopestyle Team. 


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Dara Howell

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Dara Howell

There was no shortage of winter activities for Dara Howell to dive into as a young kid growing up in Huntsville, ON. By the time she was 18 months old, Dara had already taken up ski lessons.

As she grew up, Dara excelled in the Nancy Green alpine skiing program before finding her true passion in freestyle skiing.

Howell made an immediate impact on the slopestyle scene, competing in her first X Games Aspen at the age if 17 and finishing in sixth place. Just a few weeks later, she’d capture her first X Games medal, bronze, by placing third in Tignes.

That performance launched Howell’s career that has since included a silver medal at the 2013 FIS World Championships and three more X Games bronze medals.

Her biggest victory would come in 2014 when she wowed the crowd and the judges in Sochi, Russia, to become the first ever Olympic gold medallist during slopestyle’s Olympic debut.

Since then, Howell has been in high demand appearing in several publications, including Sportsnet Magazine’s Beauty of Sport issue. Howell has also launched “Dara’s Women Into Sports Fund”, a unique way to support sports and promote physical activity for girls in the Muskoka region.


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Huntsville, ON I

Ski Halfpipe

Cassie Sharpe

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Cassie Sharpe

The Sharpe family seems to have a knack for producing winter sport athletes. Cassie Sharpe has been on a rocket ship to superstardom since joining the Canadian National Halfpipe Team in 2014.

The seeds were planted from a young age for Cassie and her two brothers, Darcy and Doug, who would go skiing at Mount Washington where her dad worked. Although her brothers would choose snowboard, Cassie would fall in love with skiing and would eventually find herself in the halfpipe. 

In 2015, a unique sight happened at the FIS World Championships when both Cassie and Darcy won silver medals in their respective disciples – Darcy in Big Air and Cassie in the pipe.

Relatively unknown at the time, the silver medal was Cassie’s announcement to the world that she was ready to compete with the best. Since then, Cassie has added more to her repertoire of tricks, including a cork nine and being the first woman to ever use it in competition.

In 2016, Cassie won her first X Games gold medal in Oslo following in the footsteps of great Canadian women like the iconic Sarah Burke. In 2018, Cassie wowed the world in the pipe in PyeongChang, winning gold in her first Olympic Games. She then went on to win her first Crystal globe.


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Comox, BC I

Rachael Karker

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Rachael Karker

In 2016 and for the first time in history, the Association of Freeskiing Professional handed out AFP Overall Junior Championships with the women’s title going to e Rachael Karker. The award was the culmination of an impressive 2015-16 season that also included the AFP Women’s Halfpipe Junior title, the 2016 Canada Cup award, and finishing third overall in the NorAm haflpipe standings.

The journey to the top of the overall rankings has been a steady incline for Karker who has only been competing in freeskiing for a few years now. Karker first learned to ski at the age of two in Ontario and was eventually placed in race programs with her brothers. She left the sport at the age of 10 to compete in artistic gymnastics and later focused on trampoline – a skill that would prove to be useful in the future.

At 14, Karker was introduced to park skiing thanks to one of her brothers, Austin, and fell in love with the sport taking up competitive slopestyle skiing three years ago and halfpipe two years ago.

Karker competed at the local club at Blue Mountain before moving on to the Ontario Provincial Team where she has been competing for the last few years with the FSO Ontario Park and Pipe Academy under the tutelage of head coach Patrick Walsh and Freestyle Skiing Ontario.

In 2016, Karker was named to the inaugural Park & Pipe NextGen Team.


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Erin, ON I

Simon D'Artois

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Simon D'Artois

It’s hard to believe that no Canadian man had ever won X Games gold in the superpipe until Simon d’Artois did it on January 25, 2015 in Aspen. 

Competing in only his second X Games after finishing 14th in 2014, d’Artois showed tremendous improvement one year later to take the title with a score of 93.00 to forever enter his name into the history books.

Winning the X Games ultimately earned d’Artois the 2015 Freestyle Canada Halfpipe  Outstanding Performance.

A native of Whistler, d’Artois has picked up the nickname “Dart” for his exciting style of skiing.   His Grandparents were spies in World War Two and helped defeat the Nazis.  This may be where Simon gets his courage and fearlessness.  He takes influences from all aspects of life and applies it to his training and skiing technics as well as takes influences and experiences from skiing and applies them to life.  Imagination and visualization are key factor in being creative and innovative. 

“Dart” uses these and other ideologies to continue to push his sport, himself and others in life to be the best humans that we can possibly be.  With determination and courage, Simon is a fierce competitor and will never back down.

 If you follow him on social media, you might also become familiar with the “Dart Camera” and his impressive photography of the dozens of cities and landscapes d’Artois visits throughout the year.


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Whistler, BC I

Noah Bowman

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Noah Bowman

Imagine being allergic to the cold when competing in a winter sport. That’s exactly what happened to Noah Bowman at the age of 17 when the rare condition, “cold urticarial”, came out of nowhere.

Noah was luckily able to grow out of it approximately a year later and continue with the sport he loved since he first put on a pair of skis at the age of three.

Since he discovered the halfpipe at 14, Noah has been one to watch on tour. By 2010 he was a World Junior champion and in 2012 captured a Winter X Games silver medal in Aspen after performing a new trick never done before in competition – the switch alley-oop doube 900. Noah was originally not even supposed to compete in the event after only being invited to the X Games as an alternate.

In 2014, competing in the debut of ski halfpipe in the Olympic Games, Noah would finish in fifth place in Sochi.

During the off-season, Noah can be found enjoying outdoor activities such as skateboarding and biking. Noah also has an artistic side to him. He always travels with his guitar and isn’t afraid to bring it out in public for a jam session.


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Calgary, AB I

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