The Stairsmaster is back for a fifth year


Quebec City, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – 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 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.

About the 2017 Jamboree

Shining the spotlight on snow sports in Quebec City and Stoneham, the Jamboree has hosted the FIS Snowboard World Cup every year since 2005. This year’s Jamboree runs February 9–12, 2017, marking the 18th year of Snowboard World Cup events in Quebec. For the occasion, the event will showcase not only the FIS Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle World Cups, but also add Freestyle Ski World Cup competitions to the mix for the first time ever. The Quebec Winter Events Corporation has tasked Gestev with organizing this prestigious world-class happening. Gestev is a leading-edge company that has specialized in organizing sporting and cultural events in the Quebec City area since 1992 and has earned BNQ 9700-253 certification for responsible event management.

About Videotron

Videotron (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of September 30, 2016, Videotron was serving 1,695,700 cable television customers, including 1,570,800 Digital TV subscribers. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,596,100 subscribers to its cable service as of September 30, 2016. As of the same date, Videotron had 867,700 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,265,100 Québec households and organizations. For the eleventh consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Québec’s most respected telecommunications company in the annual Léger survey.

 image011About Gestev

Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specialized in sports and cultural events. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre competitions, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Transat Québec Saint-Malo, Sprint Québec, and Vélirium are just a few Gestev events. Gestev also manages Baie de Beauport and is a certified responsible event manager (BNQ 9700-253).


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