Canada's best boarders are attempting their most daring tricks in Calgary this weekend at the Canadian Snowboard Freestyle Championships.
More than 150 athletes from across the country will compete in the half-pipe and slopestyle events at Canada Olympic Park (COP).
The half-pipe course is designed to be similar to the venue in Sochi, Russia, the host for next year's Winter Olympics, said Daniel Lefebvre, the director of education and sport development at Winsport Canada.
"So you have to find those that design the Olympic courses and the best courses around the world because we want the Olympic teams and the national teams to come train here before they go to Sochi," he said.
Derek Livingston, a member of the national team and a hopeful for next year’s games, said he’s impressed with the venue.
"It's probably the best the best half-pipe we have here in Canada. They put a lot of money into the groundwork and the light system and everything. It's a really good night event when they get everything set up here," he said.
COP is also hosting the NOR-AM Cup Slalom Races this weekend, featuring some of the top North American racers in giant slalom, super-G, super combined and slalom.
COP has just undergone a $4-million expansion and upgrade, including a new slalom training facility and a quad chairlift.