Skiers hit bumps, jumps

Chelsea Powrie

The future stars of Canada's international ski team could be among the competitors at the Canadian Junior Nationals aerial and mogul championships at Apex Mountain Resort this week. 

Young skiers, aged 14-19 years old, from all over Canada have converged on Apex for the March 7-11 event, featuring both singles and doubles moguls and an aerial jump event. 

Apex general manager James Shalman is thrilled at the level of talent on the mountain.

"These are the best young skiers in Canada," Shalman said. "They're out here training on our courses, and the competition is coming up this weekend, and it's pretty darn exciting."

Teams from as far away as Quebec have arrived to compete, and the B.C. mogul team coach Josh Kober is well aware of the pressure that places on his hometown team made up of 50 per cent Okanagan locals.

"They're really excited, especially to be back on this course because we train here so much," Kober said "I'm hoping for some podium performances, there's a lot of club-level skiers, and with us being the provincial team there's a bit of an expectation for us to perform here."

Both the aerial and mogul events are free to attend for members of the public who want to make the short walk from the Apex Resort parking lot up to the finish lines. Alternatively, Shalman recommends making a day of skiing and checking out the events as they happen. 

The final day of the competition is Sunday, when overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony.

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