K1 Racers From Around BC Hit Vancouver's North Shore Mountains This Week - BC Alpine Ski Association

YOUNG OLYMPIC HOPEFULS COMPETE ON VANCOUVER’S GROUSE MOUNTAIN AND CYPRESS MOUNTAIN (submitted by Gerda Wever-Rabehl of The Write Room & The Write Room Press)

After an absence of ten years, the K1 provincial championships are back in Vancouver. On March 15, 16 and 17, Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain will host British Columbia’s annual K1 Provincial Championships. This Championship will complete this year’s B.C. Alpine’s Kinder Series, sponsored by the Vancouver Sun, for 230 athletes from four regions in B.C.—North, Okanagan, Kootenays and Coast. Bruce Goldsmid, general manager of B.C. Alpine Ski Association says: “The juvenile program has been in existence for 14 years, and it is our primary program for young athletes in the Province. A number of regional events in the four zones allow the athletes to hone their skiing and racing skills locally. At the end of the season, this program culminates in the Provincials where all the athletes have a chance to bench mark themselves with the best in the Province.”

The 11 and 12-year old K1 athletes in the Kinder Program will compete in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and a Kombi event. Gerda Koch, Chief of Race at Grouse Mountain says: “What we will see at the K1 Provincials are the best 11 and 12-year old racers in the Province. Some of these athletes will be the future champions.” The results of the Vancouver Sun K1 Provincial Championships will also determine which athletes earn the right to participate in the Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup, one of the premier international races for alpine skiers of this age.

Both Slalom and Kombi races will be hosted by the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club. The Cypress Mountain Ski Club will host the Giant Slalom. Race organizers face a number of challenges, including moving equipment such as radios, safety nets, and electronics between the two mountains.

An estimated 230 athletes will be accompanied by some 40 coaches. In addition, over 100 volunteers will be working on and around the race courses to ensure that the race is timely and safe. Race officials, coaches, and athletes alike are looking forward to the event. Kai Rabehl, first time competitor says: “I can hardly wait for the Provincials. I think it will be a lot of fun, and I will do my best to make my time a good one.”

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Schedule of Events:

March 15 Slalom Women 2 one-run races Grouse
March 15 Slalom Men 2 one-run races Grouse
March 16 Kombi Women 2 one-run races Grouse
March 16 Kombi Men 2 one-run races Grouse
March 17 GS Women 2 one-run races Cypress
March 17 GS Men 2 one-run races Cypress