Mount Washington welcomes who’s who of Afterdark riders

Jumps can now be enhanced to make it even bigger with new snow

The Afterdark Invitational is the Saturday at Mount Washington.

The Afterdark Invitational is the Saturday at Mount Washington.

Mount Washington’s must-see event of the winter season takes place Saturday, March 3.

The ninth annual Afterdark Invitational includes an invite-only list of skiers and snowboarders and with another 50 centimetres of new snow, mountain crews have all the material they need to put the finishing touches on the massive step-down jump.

“We’ve been working on the best jump designs with our terrain park crew over the last month,” explained outdoor event co-ordinator Amanda Ridgway. “We can now enhance the jump and make it even bigger with the new snow at the site.”

The list of riders this year is considered the best Afterdark invite list to date. It includes snowboarder Darcy Sharpe of Comox, who attended the LG World Cup Slopestyle event in Stoneham, Quebec last weekend. He achieved an amazing 6th place result at the event.

Skiers and boarders will be vying for a $3,000 cash purse.

“This is definitely the must-see event of the winter season,” said event coordinator Marina Stevenson. “The best riders from Vancouver Island and their friends from Whistler and the Lower Mainland will be throwing down huge tricks under the lights.”

The Islander Afterdark Invitational starts at 7:30 p.m. on the flats at the bottom of the Whiskey Jack Chair.

After receiving a ton of new snow, Mount Washington has extended their winter season by a full week in April.

Visitors can now carve the slopes until April 22.