Big White Ski Resort was buzzing this past weekend with the Teck Ski Cross BC Provincials, hosted by Big White
Ski Club
! Nearly 140 Ski Cross racers descended on Big White Ski Resort’s Telus Park Ski Cross track. This highly
anticipated event included teams from Apex, Cypress, Vernon Ski Club, Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, Big White, Mt.
Seymour, Grouse, Whistler, Lake Louise, Golden Kicking Horse, Rabbit Hill and Nakiska. Participants even came
as far as Alberta North FIS, Evolve Ski Cross Team, Blue Mountain in Ontario, Mt.Tremblant, Quebec and a few
American friends from Skykomish Washington! There were categories for U14 Women/Men, U16 Women/Men
and FIS Women/Men.

Above: Kael Oberlander, Big White Ski Club/OST – Photo Credit: Andrew Jay, Big White Ski Resort

A blue bird training day on Thursday kicked off the competition with some tight timing sessions on Friday on a
smooth, flowy track. Despite some challenging weather conditions on Saturday and Sunday – fog, high winds, you
name it – the excitement was palpable. All the ski racers showed incredible resilience and determination, making
every moment count on the slopes.

The host Big White Ski Club, made a strong showing with multiple podium finishes on the exceptional
track. And not to forget the highlight of Saturday night – the banquet at the Happy Valley Day Lodge. With a
buffet dinner, DJ, and special appearance by Big White’s very own Olympic silver and gold medalist, Kelsey
Serwa, it was a night to remember.

Speaking of podium moments, there were plenty to celebrate. In the U14 Ladies category, Nikita Ciesla of
Grouse Tyee claimed gold on Saturday, with Haylee Laurell of Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team taking silver,
and Cecily Gibbons of Whistler Mountain Ski Club earning bronze. On Sunday, Big White’s Alexandra
Walker snagged gold, while Tegan Anderson of Lake Louise took silver, and Ava Dye of Sun Peaks clinched
bronze.

For the U14 Men, Eames Kim of Grouse Tyee took double gold, while Alec Brayman of Rabbit Hill Ski Club
secured double silver. Jayden Cai of Cypress Ski Club grabbed bronze on Saturday, and Tristan Yee of Grouse
Tyee claimed it on Sunday.

In the U16 Ladies, on Saturday, it was a Grouse Tyee podium sweep with Chloe Anderson winning, followed by Valerie
Chan and Zoe Gold. Sunday’s race went to Maina Battista from Mt. Tremblant, with Chloe Anderson and Zoe Gold close behind.

For the U16 Men, Wyatt Tondl of Revelstoke Ski Club won Saturday’s race, with Cory Kwan of Whistler
Mountain Ski Club in second and Dominic Reid, also of Whistler Mountain Ski Club, finishing in third. On
Sunday, Trayle Porter of Sun Peaks claimed the gold medal, with Harrison Duess of Grouse Tyee and Aidan
Carreon from Big White Ski Club in second and third respectively.

In the FIS women’s category, Kael Oberlander from the Okanagan Ski Team/Big White Ski Club took the win in both races, with Camryn Steele, also from the Okanagan Ski Team/Vernon Ski Club, in second and Chloe Collingwood from the Okanagan Ski Team/Smithers Ski Club in third. Maelly Battista, from Mt. Tremblant finished third on Sunday.

For the FIS Men, Kaleb Barnum of Evolve took double gold, Charlie Lang of Evolve secured double silver, and
Finley Cashin from Okanagan Ski Team/Big White Ski Club earned double bronze.

Photo Credit: Andrew Jay

Overall, it was an unforgettable weekend filled with thrilling competition and camaraderie. A huge thank you to
all the participants, volunteers, coaches, and Big White Ski Resort who made it all possible. A huge shout out to Big White Ski Resort for hosting us, and a special thanks to Flynn Seddon and his Telus Park Crew for helping us with this very successful event.

~ Report submitted by Andre Thomas, Ski Cross Coordinator, Big White Ski Club