NEWS FROM ALBERTA ALPINE – December 8, 2013

After several weather delays due to temperatures ranging from -25 to -35 on Saturday, a small field of about 65 athletes braved the elements for the opening Keurig Cup ENL Slalom on Cascade at Norquay. The provincial FIS series, which has affectionately been referred to as the ‘coffee cup' by several of the athletes, has been rebranded this year from Van Houtte to Keurig to align with the marketing goals of title sponsor, Green Mountain Roasters Canada (GMCR). 

Saturday was a coming out party of sorts for the graduating class of U16 athletes who stormed onto the FIS scene with a vengeance. World Cup veteran skier, Paul Stutz, took the win on Saturday, with first year FIS athletes Jeffrey Read (BAR) and Keegan Sharp (PANO), taking second and third respectively. 

Amanda Smith claimed top spot in the ladies opening slalom. Georgia Burgess of Banff Alpine Racers grabbed silver, with Sarah Taylor of Lake Louise/Sunshine snagging the bronze. 

Day two of racing saw slightly warmer temperatures and sunny skies. Mitch Smith of the Revelstoke Ski Club took top spot in the Men's Slalom. Another young gun, Jared Topham (BAR), claimed the silver, with teammate Ben Wonnacott (BAR) finishing third. 

On the ladies side, Courtney Hoffos of the Windermere Valley Ski Club put together two solid runs to take the victory. Georgia Burgess claimed her second silver in as many days, with Amanda Smith rounding out the podium in third. 

Both Courtney and Mitch also earned "Most Improved" honours on Sunday!  

Alberta Alpine would like to thank the Banff Alpine Races, Norquay, and all the volunteers who persevered through challenging weather conditions to host the event. The Keurig Cup will resume December 18 to 23 at Panorama Mountain Resort. 

All official results can be found here: http://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/event-details.html?event_id=34004&cal_su