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Sharpe says she doesn’t mind regularly
travelling between Whistler and Vancouver.
During the summer, she keeps fit by
mountain biking, swimming in Whistler’s
lakes and other cross-training activities.
However, in the winter, it’s all about hitting
“Whistler has a phenomenal training set-up. The Olympic legacy buildings provide a
lot for athletes. The fitness centre is a huge
asset to our sport as well as many others.
Being able to ski all day, go for an afternoon
workout, and then hit the Scandinave Spa
for some rest and relaxation — it doesn’t get
much better than that!” Sharpe says.
Unfortunately, though, one thing Whistler
does not have is a competition-sized
halfpipe for training. Olympic halfpipes
(a.k.a. superpipes) are 22 feet deep, and
Canada’s best is currently located in
Calgary’s WinSport ( Winter Sports
Institute) Canada Olympic Park. Whistler
Blackcomb’s halfpipe isn’t large enough to
meet a professional competitor’s needs.
“On a good day, Whistler’s halfpipe is,
maybe, 16 feet tall and very wide,” explains
Sharpe. “It is always open and very fun to
play around in, but it is not up to par for any
“We have to travel to ski,” echoes d’Artois.
“Most of our halfpipe training involves
flying somewhere else to do it, whether
that’s California in the spring, New Zealand
in the fall, or Europe in the fall.”
So, what does the future hold for d’Artois
“For the next three years, it’s training
and working my way towards the Beijing
Winter Olympics in 2022. Then, from a
career standpoint, [I will] probably retire
from halfpipe skiing and move more into
backcountry skiing,” d’Artois says.
Sharpe plans to stay on the competition
circuit until 2022 and not let her
professional life take the joy out of skiing.
“Right now, I’m just enjoying being a part
of such a unique sport. I am pushing toward
the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics but
keeping in mind to always have fun and
enjoy the process!” she says.
Top image / Photo Brendan Mackay
Bottom image / Photo Simon d’Artois