Six athletes were named to the BC Alpine Ski Team Friday in Vancouver as the 2002/2003 Men's BC Alpine Ski Team was announced.

The athletes have been chosen by the coaches to represent their clubs and British Columbia on the Provincial stage. Former National Junior Team member Scott Anderson (Rossland) will lead the six men team into the 2002/2003 season.

The BC Alpine men's coaching team of Dale Stephens and Darren Thorburn are pleased with the selection and ready for a super season on the slopes. “We're looking forward to working with this collection of guys. It's an exciting mix with a diverse variety of goals. It's a terrific opportunity for the entire team as the guys will learn from each other.”

Solid supporters of the Men's BC Ski Team include Pontiac GMC with team vans, Air Canada supports team travel and Descente outfits the athletes and coaches each season.

About the Men's BC Ski Team:
The BC Ski Team consists of the top male Alpine Ski Racers in the province of British Columbia. The athletes are selected based on their world ranking in the four disciplines of ski racing: downhill, super giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom. These athletes train and compete nationally and internationally all year round with over 120 days on snow per year. In the summer they train in Whistler, Mt. Hood, Oregon and Chile, South America. The team also trains daily either by mountain biking, running, weight training and/or gymnastics. Each winter the team travels to Europe for a month. Throughout the winter they attend up to 45-50 competitions all over North America and Europe.

About BC Alpine:
BC Alpine is committed to bringing to our communities fun, challenge, and opportunities for personal excellence through participation and competition in alpine ski racing.

Men's BC Ski Team:
Scott Anderson, Rossland, Red Mountain Racers;
Robbie Dixon, North Vancouver, Whistler Mountain Ski Club;
Dustin Fraser, Quathiaski Cove, Mt. Washington Ski Club;
Graham Kraft, Vernon, Silver Star Ski Club;
Manuel Osborne Paradis, North Vancouver, Whistler Mountain Ski Club;
Marcus Waring, North Vancouver, Mt Seymour Ski Club;

For more information, please contact:
Sue-Lynda Gratton
Communications Manager
BC Alpine Ski Association
(604) 737-3071