WE have some exciting news to share in that Castle sponsored athlete Liam Grier will be competing in the upcoming Junior Freeride Championships in Verbier, Switzerland. March 30th – April 3rd. This is a momentous occasion for Liam who has long been on the Junior Freeride circuit and Castle is proud to support him in his competition!
HAILING from Pincher Creek, Liam has called Castle home ever since he first jumped into his ski boots and he has said the terrain at Castle has allowed him to develop his skills and passion for freeriding. He enjoys training in the Far Chutes, as well as most runs off Red Chair including Sheriff and Tamarack Bowl/trees. The fact that Castle hosts a stop on the IFSA Junior Freeride Tour has also helped him prepare well and Liam loves the steep terrain that is on offer at the resort. The community vibe of Castle is another huge plus for Liam as he has enjoyed a ton of backing from locals, and loves how many of his old coaches are still around today to provide additional support.
IN terms of hopes and expectations on the upcoming competition Liam has none, other than to go out there and have some fun. He is just “stoked to be invited” and is excited to experience the championships for the first time, raring to display his big mountain skills on the world championship stage.
AS previously mentioned, Liam has enjoyed skiing in the freeride circuit since he was 11 and some of his highlights include placing 5th at the Lake Louise Junior Nationals last year, qualifying for the North American Finals (NORAM’S) and of course, being invited to participate in this years Junior Freeride Championships in Switzerland. He will be one of 29 athletes in his age group, representing 10 different countries.
LIAM leaves for Switzerland on Thursday (March 25th) and Castle wishes him nothing but the best in the competition. If you are interested in viewing the event it will be livestreamed on various platforms to be announced. Click HERE to take you to the official freeride page where you can find full details on the competition, and to stay up to date on viewing and results.
PRIOR to his travels to Verbier, Liam was required to return a negative Covid-19 test which he did so. Upon his arrival in Switzerland he will form a strict cohort with 2 other Canadian athletes and his coach who have also returned negative tests. Strict health and safety protocols are in place by officials in Switzerland for the competition. Before returning to Canada, Liam will have to undergo 3 additional Covid-19 tests, as well as a mandatory quarantine period in a hotel in Calgary.
Show your support as we see Castle Mountain Resort being represented on the world stage. Good luck Liam!