February 26, 2023
Montreal’s downtown core has been transformed into a snowboarding festival named Apik.
Life in Montreal is many things but never boring. For ten days, the cities downtown core has been transformed into an urban skiing and snowboarding extravaganza known as Apik, and best of all – the event is free to attend for all.
Saturday will focus on skiing while the snowboarders will take center stage on Sunday, where both days will begin at noon with practice runs leading into qualification rounds with the best competitors earning a spot in the finals and a chance at lining their pockets with some cold, hard cash. Prizes are awarded for the best tricks of the round, similar to those awarded at another Tribu festival that takes place in late summer – Jackalope festival.
More than a hundred competitors have signed up to compete in the activities, that take place on a multi-level structure that will challenge skiers and snowboard riders with jumps, boxes and rails, and bring out their most imaginative and complex tricks for a chance at $20,000 in prizes.
Once the competitions end late Sunday, the remaining days will be open to anyone that wants to give the course a try, albeit on a stripped down and less technical version. Skilled and experienced monitors will be on site to make sure that everything runs smoothly and safely.
Throughout the festival, there will be various pop-up tents and merchants selling items and activities, as well as activities for children and a plethora of hot chocolate. A climbing wall will be set up, and there will be live DJ’s spinning music to help people stay warm throughout the event.
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The ten day long Apik festival runs from February 24th to March 5th On Saint-Denis street, between Sherbrooke East and Ontario, and is free to attend.