VANCOUVER, B.C. (May 23, 2014) – BC Alpine Ski Association is proud to announce 14 athletes named to a summer and fall Training Group with the goal of qualifying for full inclusion in the BC Ski Team for the 2014-15 season.

Led by returning veterans Dominic Unterberger (Revelstoke Ski Club), Alix Wells (Prince George Ski Club), Patrick Carry (Fernie Alpine Ski Team) and Blake Ramsden (Whistler Mtn Ski Club) – and pushed by an impressive up-and-coming crop of young racers – the group will be focussed on refining technical skills and overall fitness levels over the summer and fall months in preparation for the 2014-15 season.

“With the high turnover of athletes this year, this summer will have a steep learning curve for most, starting with understanding what it means to be part of the BCST, learning how to train, and how hard to push,” said Johnny Crichton, head coach. “We are going to rely on our returning veterans to be leaders in this process and show the new athletes the ropes.”

The group will be on snow at Mt. Hood, Oregon, in early July, followed by a centralized fitness block in Whistler for portions of July and August, a ski camp in Chile in September, followed by Nor-Am race preparations.

BC Alpine is also pleased to congratulate four skiers recently promoted to the Alpine Canada’s National Development Team: Broderick Thompson (Whistler Mtn Ski Club), Martin Grasic (Windermere Valley Ski Club), Brodie Seger (Whistler Mtn Ski Club). In addition, rising star James (Jack) Crawford (Whistler Mtn Ski Club) made the jump to the national development team, which commences immediately.

The BCST men’s program had a stellar season in 2014, highlighted by six Nor-Am junior podiums and six athletes invited to the Alpine Canada Development Team camp.

As an added bonus to the BC summer training plan, recently-retired World Cup slalom star Mike Janyk, will come back to his roots to help with preparing the BC Ski Team for the season as a guest coach at select projects.

The High Performance Program (HPP) and group of 17 skiers is also announced today. The club enhancement program, consisting of young racers aged 15 to 18 years representing eight BC Alpine clubs, will be highlighted by a training camp in Hintertux, Austria, in October, including a stop to spectate the World Cup opener in Solden, Austria, on Oct. 25th.

“The talent pool is getting deeper in BC and that means the clubs are doing a good job!” said Crichton. “Having four of the five men named to the development team shows we had a pretty good season, but we are far from done. We will continue to build our top tier system that provides our athletes with all the tools they need to reach their goals.”

The BCST Training Group was selected according to the BCST Selection Guidelines (http://bcalpine.com/pages/BCST_Selection/ ). The HPP Group was identified by provincial ranking system (PRS), head to head, and observations made by coaching staff at the Talent ID Camp in Whistler in late April.

BC Ski Team – TRAINING GROUP        
BCST TG MEN ALEXANDER, Cameron Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG MEN CARRY, Patrick BCST-Fernie Alpine Ski Team 1995  
BCST TG MEN MULLIGAN, Sam Vancouver Ski Team  1997  
BCST TG MEN PEIFFER, Max Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG MEN RAMSDEN, Blake BCST- Whistler Mtn Ski Club 1995  
BCST TG MEN SEGER, Riley Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG MEN UNTERBERGER, Dominic BCST-Revelstoke Ski Club 1994  
           
BCST TG LADIES COLLOMBIN, Tyra Windermere/Fernie 1997  
BCST TG LADIES CUMMING, Meg Apex Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG LADIES FLECKENSTEIN, Stefanie Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG LADIES HOFFOS, Courtney Windermere Valley 1997  
BCST TG LADIES MARTIN, Mikayla Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
BCST TG LADIES WEARMOUTH, Antonia Vancouver Ski Team 1997  
BCST TG LADIES WELLS, Alix BCST-Prince George Ski Club 1995  
           
COACHING STAFF        
  Johnny Crichton BC Alpine Head Coach Kamloops, B.C.    
  Nick Cooper BC Men's Head Coach Whistler, B.C.    
  Ryan Jazic  BC Women's Head Coach Whistler, B.C.    
  Andrew Lamber Conditioning Coach Vernon, B.C.    
           
HPP GROUP (May to November)        
HPP MEN COTTON, Paul Vancouver Ski Team 1996  
HPP MEN HARLE, Kole Mt Washington 1998  
HPP MEN ILES, Finn Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1999  
HPP MEN JORDAN, Asher Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1999  
HPP MEN KIRSHENBLATT, Max Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1998  
HPP MEN KIRSHENBLATT, Sam Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1996  
HPP MEN LLEWLLYN, Carson Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1997  
HPP MEN MOFFAT, Ryan Big White Racers 1998  
HPP MEN RENZONI, Griffin Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1998  
HPP MEN SMITH, Mitch Revelstoke Ski Club 1997  
  Alt1 VALENTIN, Alex Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1999 alternate
  Alt2 WOOLLEY, Kasper Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1999 alternate
  Alt3 BERNARD, Simon Big White Racers 1998 alternate
           
HPP LADIES ALFONSO, Ella Big White Racers 1998  
HPP LADIES FLECKENSTEIN, Katie Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1999  
HPP LADIES NYMANN, Maja Renate Mt Washington 1998  
HPP LADIES PATTERSON, Soleil Red Mountain Racers 1998  
HPP LADIES SMITH, Gabrielle Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1998  
HPP LADIES SWAFFIELD, Laura Whistler Mountain Ski Club 1998  
HPP LADIES UNTERBERGER, Emily Revelstoke Ski Club 1996  
 Alt1 FOSTER, Nicole Fernie Alpine Ski Team 1999 alternate
  Alt2 VAN SOEST, Katrina Vernon Ski Club 1999 alternate
  Alt3 CHORE, Zoe Kimberley Alpine Team 1998 alternate