The Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship returns to Red Mountain in January. The competition marks the ninth year of the event.

The competition offers two age classes-juniors and open. The junior competition, which permits skiers ages 7-18, runs Jan. 15-16 followed by the open class event, which is scheduled Jan. 21-23.

The qualifying round for the open class and the junior finals take place on a widened Links Line adjacent to the Motherlode Chairlift. The open class finals moved to Mount Roberts for one of the longest and most challenging venues on the big mountain freeskiing circuit. Big mountain freeskiing is judged on choice of line, fluidity, technique, aggression, and control. Each competition includes athlete check-in, course training, and a mandatory meeting on the day before the event starts.

Red's Canadian Open Freeskiing Championship is dedicated this year to Captain Jack Carey, the competition's event director who died in a road cycling accident this summer. A memorial to honor Carey will be held on the final day of the open competition. Red also cut a new run, which the resort has named "Captain Jack's Trees" in memory of Carey.

Athlete registration for the event is open until Jan. 8. Slots are limited, and the event reserves a waitlist of only 10 spots.

Visitors to Red Mountain during the competition can get a firsthand snoop at some of Canada's best big mountain skiers as well as skiers from around the world. The competition venues are visible from the Motherlode and Gambler Towers chairs.

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