Top skiers compete at Apex

Apex Mountain Resort is welcoming some of the world's elite freestyle skiers to the hill for four days, beginning Thursday. 

The Toyo Tires Canadian Selection mogul event runs from Thursday to Sunday, with training taking place for the first two days training and competition for the final two.

The top 70 mogul skiers in Canada will take part in the event, as well as 15 skiers from Japan.

"The best freestyle skiers that are not on the World Cup tour are going to be competing for spots, basically. And a chance to prove themselves for the season," Apex general manager James Shalman said in advance of the event.

The athletes will be judged on their speed, air and turns during aerial maneuvers. 

The competition will be held on Kristi's Run — a run where World Cup mogul events have previously been held, in 2006 and 2007.

"We have had numerous coaches comment to us since then that this course is the best course they have seen on the World Cup circuit," Shalman said.

"There was a lot of work that went in to building the course, blasting rock and re-contouring the terrain to make it perfect." 

He said this week's four-day event will be free to the public to watch.

"It’s an easy 5 minute walk from the village... It is not often you will get to see such talent up close."

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