Fernie Alpine Ski Team (FAST) and Fernie Alpine Resort hosted the Teck Kootenay Zone slalom, panelled slalom and ski cross races for U12, U14 and U16, February 29th to March 3rd. It was an action-packed series to say the least, with 22 events in total! Over 200 athletes travelled from Whitewater, GKAT (Golden), Kimberley, Westcastle, Red Mountain, Montana and even the Yukon!

The athletes raced hard and showed their impressive athletic abilities on a fun and challenging ski cross course built by Rod Timm (head coach of FAST). 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. The athletes and course workers contended with every weather condition imaginable, but thanks to everyone’s efforts, the courses held up well. With so many races going on simultaneously, we were also impressed by the excellent work done by our Chiefs of Race Michael Kirker and Joe McFarlane, timing crew led by Mark Barron and the race office led by Lesley Chalkley to pull off all the events efficiently.

The FAST team loves the social side of racing and this event was no exception. There was a very well-attended banquet with the loud energy of young racers gathering together. As well, FAST hosted a volunteer social for the 100+ volunteers, without whom the races would not have taken place. Thank you very much to all the volunteers!

“My favourite part about this weekend was having a BBQ going at the top of the course, music playing and athletes supporting each other. We were able to host an athlete banquet and present the awards and celebrate our athletes. 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.”

Wendy McDougall, Fernie Alpine Ski Team President

~ Report submitted by Hugoline Morton, FAST