Considered the biggest streetriding contest in Canada, the Stairsmaster presented by O’Neill will be turning five at the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile from February 9 to 12. The event will feature five videos in the pro snowboard category and five freestyle ski flicks. And the winners in each discipline will take home $5,000 in prize money!
It’s a point of pride for the organizing committee to see many of our homegrown riders right at the forefront of the international scene, and it’s all thanks to our ongoing work with elite Quebec athletes in this discipline as part of the Stairsmaster event. Renowned freestyle skier Jean-François Houle and pro snowboarder Alex Cantin of Déjà Vu movie have done it again, cherry-picking the cream of ski and snowboard streetriders to round out the lineup for the Stairsmaster presented by O’Neill.
Unveiling the athletes who made the grade
In the snowboard category, the athletes invited to compete in the Stairsmaster contest are the Québécois Vincent Grandmaison (Québec) and Gab Jacques (Ste-Anne, Estrie), the Russian Artem Smolin, the American Tristin Heiner and the Canadian Nick Elliot (Whistler). As for the ski component, videos shot by the Canadian pro skiers Dom Laporte (Saint-Sauveur), Emile Bergeron (Lac-Beauport), Aliocha Mahaut (Prévost), Vincent Prevost (Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs) and the American Lupe Hagearty (West Harfort, CT) will go head to head, and the winner in this category will also take home $5,000 in prize money. All the videos will be unveiled on January 26 at snowjamboree.com. A panel of expert judges including Charles Gagnier for the ski side of things and pro snowboarders from the Déjà Vu movie will have the challenging task of crowning the lucky winners. All will be revealed on the website on February 8. The competitors’ videos will also be shown on the big screen in front of thousands of spectators during the grand finals of the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski World Cups on February 11 at L’Îlot Fleurie in downtown Quebec City. Stairsmaster fans can also keep an eye on the Jamboree social media feeds for exclusive behind-the-scenes content about the various competitors.