Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.comPhoto from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.com

Rarely would you ever see wet, soggy conditions at Big White in January, but the pineapple express that hit the coastal mountains made its way to the Okanagan, home of the famous champagne powder this past weekend!

Heavy cloud and damp conditions gave way to rain on Saturday, but it did not dampen the spirits of over 120 Ski Cross hopefuls. Racers from BC and Alberta registered for the event, and kicked off the first stop in the Western Canada ski Cross Open Series.  

Below are the top-3 podium finishers in each race – COMPLETE OFFICIAL RESULTS HERE

DIVISION     GENDER       PLACE     SATURDAY CLUB   PLACE     SUNDAY CLUB
U12 L 1st  JENELLE GIEBELHAUS BWR   1st  EMMA KLAPATIUK LT. CRK.
  L 2nd EMMA KLAPATIUK LT. CRK.   2nd JENELLE GIEBELHAUS BWR
  L 3rd SAGE MURPHY SMITH.   3rd KIERA SWIFT BWR
                 
U12 M 1st  KONNOR KIMBALL OPEN   1st  KONNOR KIMBALL OPEN
  M 2nd CALEB SMALE SMITH.   2nd ADAM FRICSKA BWR
  M 3rd OWEN LARSEN LT. CRK.   3rd CALEB SMALE SMITHERS
                 
U14 L 1st  HALLI JENKINS BWR   1st  HALLI JENKINS BWR
  L 2nd AMY JORGENSON BWR   2nd AMY JORGENSON BWR
  L 3rd COURTENAY ACKIMENKO SUNRIDGE   3rd SAGE STEFANI RED MT.
                 
U14 M 1st  ALEXANDER MAKAREVSKI GROUSE   1st  BLAIR NELLIS GROUSE
  M 2nd BLAIR NELLIS GROUSE   2nd ZANDER TORRES BWR
  M 3rd LUKE MCMILLAN BWR   3rd LUKE MCMILLAN BWR
                 
U16 L 1st  NICOLE FOSTER FERNIE   1st  CANCELLED  
  L 2nd MICAH MORRIS FERNIE   2nd    
  L 3rd BROOKE LUKINUK BWR   3rd    
                 
U16 M 1st  DEVIN MITTERREINER FERNIE   1st  CANCELLED  
  M 2nd GAVIN ROWELL PR GEO   2nd    
  M 3rd RYAN FINLEY FERNIE   3rd    
                 
U18+ L 1st  TIANA GAIRNS PR GEO   1st  ZOE CHORE AB SX
  L 2nd SARAH LEPPINE IND.   2nd ALEXA VELCIC AB SX
  L 3rd ZOE CHORE AB SX   3rd MADELAINE KELSON SMITHERS
                 
U18+ M 1st  BRENDAN DAVIDSON IND.   1st  CANCELLED  
  M 2nd ROBERT DUNN AB SX   2nd    
  M 3rd SCOTT MARKO SMITH.   3rd    

What a difference a day can make. Saturday’s rain gave way to clear skies and warm temperatures on Sunday.

A hard track in the morning made for some stellar photo finishes in the early heats, but the softening snow was too much for the track and the older racers. The 8 final heats that would determine the winners for U16/18 men’s and the U16 ladies were in jeopardy. Race organizers struggled with the decision, but racer safety prevailed and the race was cancelled.

There were over 100 volunteer shifts during the 2 day event, and everyone gave all they had to preserve the race, but Mother Nature won out in the end.

Regarded as one of the top ski cross tracks in Western Canada, Big White Resort staff also contributed to the preparation and execution of the race located in Telus Park. Next stop in the series is Fernie on February 7 & 8.

(report submitted by Catherine Martin)

Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.comPhoto from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.com
Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.comPhoto from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.comPhoto from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.com