Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.com
Photo courtesy of Nick Cooper, Men's BC Team Coach

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Tuesday, November 19, 2013) – The BC Ski Team joins over 400 other athletes in calling the Nancy Greene International Race Training Centre at Sun Peaks Resort home for their 2013 early season training. Prime conditions allowed the team to get on the snow as early as November 9th, and racers will continue training there until December 22, 2013.

The amenities and terrain at Sun Peaks provide the team’s athletes with the perfect environment to focus and prepare for upcoming NorAm and FIS races this winter.  

“The NGITC at Sun Peaks is fantastic! It was the first training center open in B.C. this year and the snow quality is great,” says Johnny Crichton, head coach for the BC Ski Team. “Also the length of OSV [ski run], as well as how much terrain is in it, makes for a challenging environment and perfect for high end, high quality training. The Upper Cahilty [area] run provides exactly the glide track we need to run in the speed skis.  Plus, a great snow grooming crew and friendly staff make it very enjoyable.”

Sun Peaks will host over 20 ski teams this year, which is the most the resort has ever hosted. Teams hail from all parts of Canada and Washington, with many potential future Olympians honing their skills on the ski run’s many turns.  The race center was also the training facility for the Austrian National Ski Team for many years prior to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

“Our recent training at Sun Peaks was fantastic”, says BC Alpine CEO Bruce Goldsmid. “Snow conditions were perfect and the support we received from the resort was exemplary.  The BC Ski Team had a chance to work with other visiting club athletes on the hill, and there was ample space and challenging terrain for everyone.  We all got what we came for, and we look forward to future training opportunities at Sun Peaks.”

Sun Peaks Resort is pleased to add the BC Ski Team to its extensive list of top level athletes who have trained at the Nancy Greene International Race Training Centre.

“We are very honoured to work with some of the province’s best up and coming ski racers this winter,” says Vincent Lafontaine, Sun Peaks Resort’s Race Centre Director. “The BC Alpine team is full of promising, young athletes and we are excited to assist in providing the foundation for a successful race season and watch them perform this winter.”

About BC Alpine

The BC Alpine Ski Association is the provincial governing body for alpine ski racing, overseeing its 31 member ski clubs. A member of Alpine Canada Alpin, BC Alpine’s mandate is to promote and lead competitive and non-competitive alpine skiing programs, govern and conduct alpine ski competitions, select and train members of high performance programs – including the BC Ski Team – and encourage and assist the formation of alpine ski clubs within British Columbia. Please visit us at www.bcalpine.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathy Stahr

Communications

BC Alpine Ski Association

604-678-3071

kathys@bcalpine.com

www.bcalpine.com

 

Brandi Schier

Media Specialist

Tourism Sun Peaks 

DIRECT: 250.578.5387   CELL: 250.318.3633

media@sunpeakstourism.com   

@brandischier