Credit: Photo Contributed

Pro bike riders show off their skills at Big White

The first Big White Invitational Slopestyle competition begins today

Thirty of the world’s top slopestyle mountain bike riders will show off their finest airborne tricks at Big White Ski Resort starting today.

The pro riders are competing in the first Big White Invitational Slopestyle competition, July 4 to 7, a sanctioned event that is the newest addition to the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) World Tour. The B.C. government provided $35,000 to help organizers promote the event, which is expected to attract 5,000 out-of-town visitors, and add $1 million to the local economy, according to a government news release.

“This will be a very exciting, international competition,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture. “It will help cement Big White’s reputation as a year-round destination for world-class sporting events, and provides a great boost to local tourism, bringing in thousands of visitors.”

Related: Big White is looking for volunteers

Slopestyle riders compete on specially designed outdoor courses that feature dramatic drops, jumps and obstacles. They receive points for successfully landing airborne tricks, like tailwhips, 720-degree cork rotations, somersaults and backflips, the release said.

Besides the gold competition for professional riders, the event will include separate bronze competitions for amateur riders, with a chance to win wildcard entry into the gold competition.

The event also features live music, movie nights, demo areas and races for kids aged two to 12.

Government funding for the Big White Invitational Slopestyle is being provided through the Tourism Events Program. The program supports events that raise awareness of B.C.’s tourism experiences and inspires people from around the world to visit the province. These events also generate tourism and economic activities in regions throughout B.C.


edit@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Summer arrives at Big White Ski Resort

Hiking, bike trails, restaurants and more are open as of July 10

COVID-19 cases identified in Kelowna, after public gatherings

Those who were downtown or at the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 maybe have been exposed to COVID-19.

Pianos return to Kelowna parks

The Pianos in Parks program was postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Certain crimes increased in Peachland during pandemic

Theft from vehicles, vehicle incidents, and break and enters have increased during the pandemic

UPDATE: YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read