Each year, Kicking Horse Resort in BC puts on a competition called Wrangle the Chute, in which top skiers and riders from around the region and beyond compete in “the ultimate Big Mountain showdown…with a Kicking Horse twist.”
This year, WTC unveiled a new face — Terminator North, three times the size of the old slope, coming right off the most prominent peak in front of the Golden Eagle Gondola. And what a show it was. Fifty skiers and snowboarders, men and women, ripped into the face. Jessica Pettet, the lone female snowboarder, held her ground while she pioneered new hits and arced powerful turns at high speeds. Laura Sliva got technical in the hanging permanent closure and took home the gold for the ladies. Hometown hero Ave Perry took home snowboard gold with fast, strong riding, big hits, and stomped threes.