It an action-packed series to say the least, as Fernie Alpine Ski Team (FAST) hosted the Teck Kootenay Zone GS, slalom and ski cross races for U12, U14 and U16 athletes. In total, 22 events with over 200 athletes from Whitewater Ski Team, Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team, Kimberley Alpine Team, Westcastle Ski Club, Red Mountain Racers, Windermere Valley Ski Club.

The athletes raced hard and showed their impressive athletic abilities on a fun and challenging ski cross course built by Rod Timm (head coach and Program Director of FAST) and Alina Jackman (head groomer at Fernie Alpine Resort and FAST coach). Many parents and spectators came out to take in the action. On the alpine side, we saw amazing technical skiing from all ages (10-15) and excellent sportsmanship amongst the athletes. Even with warm-ish temperatures, the courses held up well, thanks to excellent course sets and terrific volunteers. With so many races going on simultaneously, we were also impressed by the excellent work done by the timing crew and race organizing committee members who pulled off all the events efficiently!

Finally, back on the agenda after a covid-hiatus, was an athlete banquet, complete with awards presented by our local Teck representative Darcy Johnson, and the loud energy of young racers gathering. As well, FAST hosted a volunteer social for the 120+ volunteers, without whom the races would not have taken place.

At the volunteer social, Race Chair Steve Koles formally announced his retirement after an incredible 16 years in the role! We toasted to the countless hours he has put in, his unparalleled dedication, and excellent leadership. This race series has a uniquely fun vibe thanks to Steve, and he leaves a terrific legacy. He will be dearly, dearly missed.

“My favourite part about this weekend was the normalcy of gathering, having a BBQ going at the top of the course, music playing and athletes smiling and laughing while cheering each other on. Thank you to RCR for allowing us to host this event at Fernie Alpine Resort, and thank you to Teck for sponsoring the Kootenay Zone Race series.”

Wendy McDougall, FAST President

A special thank you also goes out to the Race Office Team who worked long hours before, during and after the event to prepare for and deliver results for all 22 events! SEE COMPLETE RESULTS HERE

Race Report submitted by Hugoline Morton, Fernie Alpine Ski Team