Kinder Giant Slalom and Kombi at Red Mountain Resort - Hilts checks in - BC Alpine Ski Association

Red Mountain Resort and the Red Mountain Racers Ski Club are hosting two days of Kinder racing Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was a full day, with two one-run giant slalom races each for men and women plus a one-run kombi race for each gender.

Steve Hilts, Red Mountain timing guru and race commentator sent a summary of the day’s activities:

The races today presented 38 men and 65 women including the offspring of several CAST alumni who are also Red Mountain Racers alumni. Earlier this week, it was quite exciting to see results from the Apex Mars FIS races featuring children of the Crazy Canucks Ken Read, Dave Murray and Steve Podborski. Here, we have Riana Gartner, daughter of CAST alumna and Olympic gold medalist Kerrin Lee Gartner (and Max Gartner, ACA’s Athletics Director) and Steven Fry, son of CAST alum Brian Fry. In addition, Kerrin and Max’s younger daughter, Steffi, was a forerunner today, as was Arlo Stevens, son of CAST alumnus and Olympian Donald Stevens!

Steven Fry and Riana Gartner both reached the podium today – Steven, racing with Red Mountain Racers, finished 1st and 2nd overall in the GS races and Riana, racing with Fernie Alpine Ski Team, finished 2nd amongst K1 girls in the Kombi race. Riana was very excited to be on the podium with her cousin Chantal Rytz, also from FAST and finishing in third in the Kombi. Riana said that it was very special for her to race at Red Mountain and to have success here, given her mom’s history at Rossland. We heard that Kerrin was very disappointed that the FIS World Championships took her to the CBC studio in Toronto on the same weekend that her daughter was racing in Rossland.

The most consistent performers of the day were two K1 athletes from Kimberly North Star racers. Scott Bedell topped the K1 field in all three races and finished third overall in the Kombi, and Rebecca Bermel won the K1 class in all three races today.

The best "blew away the competition" run of the day was put down by Jordan Black of Fernie Alpine Ski Team, who won the Kombi event by a margin of more than four seconds!

OVERALL TOP-3 RESULTS
1 Run Giant Slalom, Ladies
1  RYTZ, Celine CAN FERNI K2 53.36
2  STONE, Tessa CAN REDMT K2 53.43
3  KRAKE, Lena CAN FERNI K2 53.73

1 Run Giant Slalom, Ladies
1  PATON, Jacey CAN SALMO J1 53.87
2 TEBULTE, Rebekah CAN REDMT K2 54.28
3 STONE, Tessa CAN REDMT K2 54.71

1 Run Kombi, Ladies
1 YOUNG, Mackensey CAN FERNI K2 1:11.60
2  RYTZ, Celine CAN FERNI K2 1:13.23
3  JONSSON, Emma CAN NSTAR K2 1:15.28

1 Run Giant Slalom, Men
1  FRY, Steven CAN REDMT K2 53.03
2  ZAITSOFF, Dylan CAN REDMT K2 53.08
3  MALONEY, Tyler CAN SALMO K2 53.48

1 Run Giant Slalom, Men
1  ZAITSOFF, Dylan CAN REDMT K2 52.78
2  FRY, Steven CAN REDMT K2 54.30
3  BLACK, Jordan CAN FERNI K2 54.39

1 Run Kombi, Men
1  BLACK, Jordan CAN FERNI K2 1:11.26
2  WHELAN, Jack CAN FERNI K2 1:15.38
3  BEDELL, Scott CAN NSTAR K1 1:16.88

K1 TOP-3 RESULTS
1 Run Kombi, Men
3  BEDELL, Scott CAN NSTAR K1 1:16.88
4  GRASIC, Martin CAN WINDR K1 1:17.01
6  VALENTINE, Rhys CAN REDMT K1 1:18.37

1 Run Giant Slalom, Men
6  BEDELL, Scott CAN NSTAR K1 56.68
7  VALENTINE, Rhys CAN REDMT K1 57.26
8  GRASIC, Martin CAN WINDR K1 57.85

1 Run Giant Slalom, Men
5  BEDELL, Scott CAN NSTAR K1 55.81
6  GRASIC, Martin CAN WINDR K1 56.66
7  HUMPHERYS, Kelley CAN REDMT K1 57.84

1 Run Kombi, Ladies
8  BERMEL, Rebecca CAN NSTAR K1 1:20.09
10 GARTNER, Riana CAN FERNI K1 1:22.57
12 RYTZ, Chantal CAN FERNI K1 1:22.85

1 Run Giant Slalom, Ladies
5  BERMEL, Rebecca CAN NSTAR K1 55.72
15 WILKER, Ellen CAN WINDR K1 59.56
17 JENKINSON, Barbara CAN WINDR K1 1:00.00

1 Run Giant Slalom, Ladies
4  BERMEL, Rebecca CAN NSTAR K1 53.83
14 WILKER, Ellen CAN WINDR K1 57.59
16 RUUTOPOLD, Aanika CAN REDMT K1 58.01