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The Roxy Ride Days cross Canada tour entered it’s fourth and final stop this past Saturday at Lake Louise, Alberta, to a fourth straight sold out crowd of female riders. Riders gathered from all over Alberta to sneak in a few more new tricks before the season ends and for a chance to be mentored by guest coach, and Roxy snowboard legend, Erin Comstock.
Lake Louise is often a highlight stop on the RRD tour because it often delivers Alberta sunshine and a perfectly sculpted terrain park that has been fine-tuned over an entire season. Our group was lucky again. Barely one hour into the day’s program and snowboard jackets were off and faces were being lubed with a variety of fancy full spectrum lotions. The Women’s Snowboard Federation coaches and guest pro Erin Comstock encouraged girls to take advantage of the slushy park conditions and they sure did. Suddenly the Beginner Jump group was trying 360s and the Intermediate Jib group was doing switch front boards! Alberta’s Wild Rose Country license plate mantra came to life and things were turned up just in time for the afternoon game of R.O.X.Y. (based on the rules of H.O.R.S.E. or S.K.A.T.E.). The four riders that received the “fewest letters” were Karol Zalaite (Beginner Jump Group), Cait Smerechinski (Intermediate Jump Group), Kylie Shaw (Intermediate Box Group) and Kristine Tomlinson (Advanced Jib group).
As with the three other RRD stops, there can only be one winner of a shiny new Roxy Ollie Pop snowboard. Drawing names out of a hat left two girls standing and the winner to be determined by a Harlem Shake-off. With Baauer’s track turned up and plenty of heckling from the chair overhead it made for a great spectacle. Way to have fun with it girls! That is a wrap for the ROXY Ride Days Canadian Tour. Next camp is at Mammoth Lakes, California this Saturday April 6 With team rider Robin Van Gyn and Erin Comstock attending. How quickly can you search flights on Kayak.com!?
Lake Louise Photos by Kelly Schovanek