Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.com
VANCOUVER, B.C. (Fri. Dec 5, 2014) – BC Alpine has announced the launch of a Regional Training Centre in Panorama, B.C., effective immediately.
 
The Training Centre – a collaboration between the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, Windermere Valley Ski Club and BC Alpine Ski Association – is open and accessible to any FIS-aged racer that are members of a BC Alpine club. The unique structure allows for any club to access the services and venue on a part or full time or project basis, to suit the needs of the club athletes.
 
Long-time ski racing coach, Helmut Spiegl, was named as the head coach of the program, which includes on-hill training, race travel to FIS and regional races and affordable local housing options.
 
“This could be the way of the future for FIS racing in BC,” said Gordie Bowles, Athletic Director of BC Alpine. “Panorama is one of the best training venues in North America, and the most reliable in our province in terms of snow quality. We’ve had a fair amount of interest from across the province so I’m hoping this has benefit to not only the Kootenay zone but all clubs in the province.”
 
“We will monitor how this pilot project unfolds this season and potentially create new regional centres in the Okanagan and Coast in the future. There’s a need and benefit to bringing FIS racers together for the highest quality training.”