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Slopestyle takes flight

Athletes have started arriving and practice has begun at Big White for the resort's first Invitational Slopestyle event.

Thirty of the world's top mountain bike riders will show off gravity-defying airborne tricks through Saturday on the mountain.

The sanctioned event is the newest addition to the Freeride Mountain Bike Association world tour and is expected to attract 5,000 visitors, and add $1 million to the local economy.

​The main Bronze Event takes place Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The top-four athletes from that earn a spot in the Gold Qualifiers on Friday (3-6 p.m.) The main Gold Event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

"We have some of the best mountain bikers in the world here in British Columbia, and we wanted to create a place for them to show off their talents in the Interior," said Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president at Big White.

"Local mountain bikers have built this permanent slopestyle course so they can invite their friends from around the world to come and play in their backyard - and that, in turn, will create new tourism opportunities for our entire community."

Here’s everything you need to take in the action: 

Additional food vendors are on mountain, and an Event Expo will highlight all things mountain bike. You can even take part in an eBike demo on Friday and Saturday. 

Friday night, watch the film North of Nightfall under the stars in the Village Centre. Riders Carson Storch, Tom van Steenbergen and director Jeremy Grant will be there to share their experiences riding high in the Arctic Circle and will introduce the film. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

Summer accommodations are fully operational, and regular on-mountain activities continue. Book a room from $68 per night or reserve a site at the new Big White Campground. 



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