RED hosts impressive Teck Canadian Championships and BC Cup Spring Series - BC Alpine Ski Association

Once again the Red Mountain Racers and RED Mountain Resort teamed up to produce a spectacular series of ski races, first with the 2024 Teck Canadian Championships, followed by the BC Cup Spring Series. There was tremendous excitement about hosting the national championships at RED as teams started to arrive for training March 16th, with over 200 athletes in attendance.

The theme for these events was the History of Ski Racing. A very fitting theme, as RED celebrated the 56th anniversary of the first World Cup race ever held in North America (held here in Rossland in 1968 and attended by 7,000 people). That first North American World Cup was won by our own Nancy Greene and France’s Jean Claude Killy.  

The opening ceremonies for the national championships featured an athlete and sponsor parade culminating in Rossland’s historic downtown. Opening remarks were delivered by Andy Morel, Mayor of Rossland, Thompson Hickey, Teck, Mike McDowell, Red Mountain Racers, and by Alpine Canada. 

Rossland and Red Mountain have a very proud history of ski racing dating back to the first Canadian Championships (then called the Dominion Championships) held 126 years ago here. Historic banners lined Rossland streets and the base lodge at RED throughout the event. In addition, the Rossland Museum launched their new digital display Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland

Photos by Steven Hilts (Freshshots.ca)

Volunteers worked tirelessly over the course of 8 days of competition in order to provide the best track possible for these two back to back events. Mother Nature supplied some challenging weather with daytime highs of up to 17 degrees for two of the 8 days. The salt and watering program, led by Johnny Crichton, was successful and spectators were rewarded with some incredible racing. 

For those fortunate enough to line the race course watching national team racers such as Cassidy Gray and Sarah Bennett in action was a real thrill.  With the nationals being held here in the Kootenay’s there was additional excitement in the air when Jamie Casselman claimed the title of 2024 GS national champion. For athletes and spectators of all ages watching this field of incredibly talented competitors, some of the best in the world, was nothing short of inspiring. A week for us all to remember.

The Red Mountain Racers ROC would like to congratulate each of the athletes on their success and wish everyone the very best as they round out their season! 

Throughout the National Championships and BC CUP we were incredibly fortunate to have Steve Hilts, Freshshots.ca, as the photographer for the races. Click here to view all the photos.