The future is bright for Laurentian Ski Hill and the athletes, such as Nathan and Aidan (pictured above), who will benefit from the exposure to a top-notch training facility found right in the centre of their hometown.
The Laurentian Ski Hill Snowboard Club, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), North Bay Freestyle Club, and Tourism North Bay, will host the 2018 Timber Tour’s Moguls/Moguls competition from February 2- 4, in North Bay.
An infusion of funds from the NOHFC has helped the club reach the financial goals necessary to make alterations to the slope of Laurentian Ski Hill. The modification of the hill, to be completed in time for the 2018-19 season, promises to meet the training and competition needs of high-level provincial mogul skiers and is being billed by the proponents as “a landmark moment for freestyle skiers in Ontario.”
Aptly, the terrain transformation will occur on the run named for North Bay’s Steve Omischl, an Olympic aerialist and now, coach at the national level. Omischl, overseas coaching, pledged his support in promoting the event and Laurentian Ski Hill itself to the freestyle community in a hair-raising selfie video.
Most poignant about Omishchl’s video is a section in which he addresses the athletes directly, encouraging them to take chances while developing their skills at such a jewel as Laurentian Ski Hill. The knowing smiles on the athletes’ faces say that North Bay has not seen its last Olympian.