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Freestyle Competition Brings Alberta's Best to Sunshine Village

BANFF, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- Southern Alberta's brightest young athletes took to the slopes to compete in the under 16 Alberta Freestyle Competition at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort this past weekend.

Over 120 of Alberta's best freestyle skiers aged six to 16 competed in a moguls race Saturday on Goat's Eye Mountain and a slopestyle event in the Grizzly Terrain Park.

"The Southern Alberta Freestyle Competition is such a great display of young athleticism and at Sunshine Village, we are pleased to provide the venue for these young skiers to showcase their skills," says Dave Riley, Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort.

Alberta has a long history of producing top-level freestyle skiers. Current national team members hailing from Alberta include Rosalind Groenewoud, Keltie Hansen, Megan Gunning, Dania Assaly, Noah Bowman, Kris Atkinson and Mike Riddle in halfpipe, Chelsea Henitiuk and Luke Ulsifer in moguls, and Jonathan Vellner in aerials.

Alberta is also the home of mogul legend Jennifer Heil, Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion.

Top three results for the Southern Alberta Freestyle Competition:

Moguls competition: Saturday, February 9th

Top 3 female:


1.  Anneke Ritchie, 16 years old- Bow Valley Freestyle 
2.  Noelle Cote, 11 years old- Southern Alberta Freestyle 
3.  Beth Millar, 9 years old- Windsport Freeskiers 

Top 3 male:


1.  Theo Vivian, 13 years old- Southern Alberta Freestyle 
2.  Marshall Douglas, 13 years old- Bow Valley Freestyle 
3.  Marc Tanner, 11 years- Windsport Freeski 

Slopestyle competition: Sunday, February 10th

Top 3 female:


1.  Lia Sayers, 11 years old- Central Alberta Freestyle Ski Club 
2.  Valerie Cote, 13 years old- Southern Alberta Freestyle 
3.  Noelle Cote, 11 years old- Southern Alberta Freestyle 

Top 3 male:


1.  Matt Wallace, 16 years- Windsport Freeski 
2.  Samuel McKeowan, 13 years- Calgary Freeriderz 
3.  Reid Danyluk, 15 years- Calgary Freeriderz 

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Sunshine Village, close to the town of Banff, provides skiers and boarders with 12-lifts including seven modern high speed quad chairs, the most in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the world's fastest 8 passenger gondolas. Stay slope-side in the Rockies only "ski-in ski-out" hotel and ski or ride 3,300 acres and three mountains in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia along the Continental Divide during Canada's longest season from November to late May. For more information visit www.skibanff.com.

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