The Whitewater Ski Team welcomed 183 Kootenay Zone athletes to Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort, February 10 – 11, 2024.

By all accounts the weekend was a huge success! Thanks to the hardworking volunteers and race organizers, on Saturday they managed to complete two runs of GS for all age categories, except the U12s, who competed in a one-run giant slalom race.

Racing on our GS slope would not have been possible two days before the event, but a combination of huge grooming efforts and some luck with the weather created an amazing GS slope that ran beautifully! It’s been a tough season for many, so it felt great to get some solid racing in.

Dylan Henderson, Program Director and U12 Head Coach, WH2O Ski Team

Sunday brought snow to the slalom course, but the crew was able to get all the happy racers through two full runs.

Everyone involved was grateful for a full weekend of racing after the Kimberley zone race was reduced to a short slalom due to cold weather, and the BC Winter Games alpine events were cancelled due to a lack of snow.

The podium was shared by all six clubs, and there were no podium sweeps by any team. Often three different teams landed on the podium at the same time. Next stop for the Whitewater team is Fernie in a couple of weeks.

Masters racer Bobby Swan is 81 years old and skiing so well as he prepares to attend the FIS World Criterium Masters event at Kimberley Alpine Resort the first week of March. He placed 9th in our U14 boys category in slalom!

~ Report submitted by Dylan Henderson, Program Director, Whitewater Ski Team