Sub­ject: In­door snow­board­ing fa­cil­ity com­ing soon to 905

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

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.

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