Subject: Indoor snowboarding facility coming soon to 905
Vaughan residents are about to get a chance to work on their slope moves year round. Axis Freestyle Academy is targeting a spring launch for its digs at Highway 400 and Bass Pro Mills Drive. It’s the first all-season indoor facility of its kind in Canada, and it sports a special type of Astroturf, called “dry slope,” that simulates a real ski hill. “My friends and I have been snowboarding for a long time, and we always wanted a place to train and to get better,” said co-founder Alex Ching. “Now there are different gyms across the city for every other sport, and we figure, why not have a place where we can hone the skills for the sport that we love doing.” Axis’s facility is over 20,000 square feet and is well situated for downtowners trucking up the 400 to Blue Mountain. Ching also hopes that Collingwood ski pros will come down to work on their skills. In addition to rails and jumps, the academy will come prepped with a yoga studio and foam pits. They are even going to include competition trampolines to help skiers and snowboarders get used to the weightlessness one experiences in mid-air when trying to stay in control doing jumps. The highlight for thrill junkies will be a piece of equipment that Axis has purchased from Whistler, B.C.'s, Camp of Champions, dubbed “the launcher.” It pretty much does what it sounds like.