| Date of Birth:
April 9, 1981
Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
Residence: Squamish, BC
Years on National Team:
A strong all-around athlete, Montreal native Dominique Vallée initially tore up the slopes as a skier, competing in racing events around Quebec in her early teens.
At 16, she made her first snowboard run down the mountain on a bone-chilling day at Mt. Tremblant and despite the cold temperatures she instantly fell in love with the sport. Since then, Vallée's commitment to the sport has led her to become one of the most promising and progressive female riders in snowboarding.
She placed in the Top-10 in every Halfpipe event she competed in during the 2005 FIS World Cup Season, notching two seventh-place finishes at Sungwoo, Korea and Bardonecchia, Italy. She also finished a solid fourth at the Canadian National Halfpipe Championships at Big White in 2005.
In addition to the Halfpipe and Snowboardcross events, Vallée also frequently competes in Big Air and Slopestyle, and devotes a great deal of time filming snowboarding videos in the backcountry surrounding her home in Squamish, British Columbia. She studied Visual Arts in school, so it's no surprise that painting continues to be a creative outlet for the athlete away from the mountain. Vallée hopes to pursue a career in the snowboard or fashion industries when she finishes riding competitively, but for now she is focused on a strong showing in Turin at what will be her debut on the Olympic stage.
2006 Snowboarding Coverage