On Sunday, February 4, 2024 under cloudy skies and a light snowfall, 120 Nancy Greene Ski League racers took to the slopes at Apex Mountain Resort, hosted by Apex Ski Club. Young U10 and U12 racers from Apex and Big White Ski Clubs navigated the parallel slalom course on the Okanagan Run, which had thankfully been blankeded by five centimeters of fresh snow overnight.
The new snow was a welcome sight after a week of warm temperatures followed by a big freeze just two days before the event that left the slope icy and hard. By the time the racers arrived, thanks to the great efforts of the Apex Mountain grooming team, conditions were race-day perfect!
The Apex Ski Club would like to thank all the hard-working volunteers, as the event wouldn’t have been possible without them. We look forward to hosting again on February 24 – 25, 2024 for the Teck Okanagan Zone Races.
~ Report and photos submitted by Jeff Ellis, Apex Ski Club
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The picturesque slopes of Mount Washington Alpine Resort witnessed the intense competition of the Teck Coast Zone U14 alpine races, hosted by the Mt. Washington Ski Club on January 20-21, 2024. The event brought together 125 athletes from 6 coast zone ski clubs, creating an atmosphere of exhilarating competition and camaraderie. The athletes were competing in their first zone race of the season and were also vying for qualification positions for the BC Games being held in and around Quesnel, BC in February.
Saturday’s Slalom Showdowns
The first day of racing kicked off with two thrilling slalom races that showcased the skills and agility of the young athletes. The challenging courses provided a true test of precision and the competitors displayed their talent and determination, navigating the courses with finesse.
Sunday’s Panelled Slaloms
The excitement continued on Sunday with two panelled slaloms. The weather turned on Sunday, with mixed precipitation starting the day, and then the snow began to fall. The excellent grooming made for early morning conditions that were great for racing, and Sunday’s format required racers to demonstrate not only their technical prowess but also their ability to adapt to varying conditions as the day progressed.
Results and Achievements
For a detailed breakdown of the results, please visit the official results page. Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work and dedication!
Gratitude to Sponsors, Coaches, Volunteers, and Supporters
The success of the Teck Coast Zone U14 Alpine Races would not have been possible without the invaluable support of Mike Manara, Director Operations & Sport, and the entire leadership team at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort, the dedicated coaches, our sponsors, and volunteers. We extend our gratitude to each and every individual and organization that contributed to the successful execution of this event. We would especially like to thank:
Rick Gibson Group / Royal LePage in the Comox Valley
Splashes Bath & Kitchen
Mattenley Group / Scotia Wealth Management
The Province of British Columbia
Special Acknowledgements: The Mt. Washington Ski Club is led by our remarkable head coach John Trimmer, who is an institution in alpine ski racing in BC. We are so fortunate to have John lead our Club in building athletes one turn at a time!
A further special acknowledgement goes to Anders Hestdalen, Johnny Crichton, Keven Dubinsky and the great BC Alpine team for their ongoing support and guidance. The event also owes much of its success to the expertise and commitment of our Alpine Canada / BC Alpine Technical Delegate, Doug Hughes. His knowledge and experience ensured the races met the highest standards, providing a fair and challenging environment for all participants.
As we wrap up a great weekend of alpine racing, the Mt. Washington Ski Club looks forward to future events that continue to foster a love for skiing and competition among the young athletes of the Coast Zone. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success, and we can’t wait to see you on the slopes again soon!
Ryan Williams – Race Chair Michael Dingle – Chief of Race
Sun Peaks Alpine Club hosted the Teck Okanagan U12/U14 Zone race on January 21-22 at Sun Peaks Resort. In spite of a slow start to the ski season due to variable snow conditions, the racers came out of the start gate flying!
The weekend featured GS racing on Saturday, with two one-run races for the U12s and one two-run competition for the U14s. Sunday was all about slalom, with two separate U12 runs featuring a panelled and stubby slalom, as well as a two-run slalom for the U14 racers.
Fresh snow, along with changing weather and race conditions, made for some challenging racing. The Sun Peaks volunteer race committee was up to the challenge! We owe a huge thank you to all the race volunteers.
This Teck event brought back the longstanding tradition of the Sun Peaks Racers fire pit at the race start. BBQ’ed smokies, hotdogs and beverages were once again being served to celebrate a great race weekend. Congratulations to all the racers for some impressive ski racing, having lots of fun, and being great sports!
Kootenay Zone athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents rallied together last weekend (January 13 & 14, 2024) to pull off the Teck Kootenay Zone Race and BC Games qualifier event, despite frigid temperatures.
Kimberley Alpine Team (KAT) and Kimberley Alpine Resort welcomed over 50 of the hardiest U14 racers from the Kootenay Zone – including Fernie Alpine Ski Team (FERNI), Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team (GKHAT), Red Mountain Racers (REDMT) and Whitewater Ski Team (WHWTR).
With the support of Dreadnaught Racing, the operations crew at Kimberley Alpine Resort and all our volunteers – we moved through several contingency plans to complete 2 slalom runs for both women and men on Saturday, and 2 panel slalom runs for both women and men on Sunday. It was too cold to run the chairlifts, so we opted for short runs in the sunshine, during the warmest part of the afternoon. Parents shuttled athletes to the top of the course and Kimberley Alpine Resort provided a warm-up room at the base of the course for athlete staging. Incredible effort on the part of everyone!!
For the men’s events on both days, Kimberley Alpine Team swept the podium with Garrett Christie (KAT) taking 1st place both days. Keiran Bettcher (KAT) claimed 2nd place on Saturday and 3rd place on Sunday, and Sylas Welch (KAT) took 3rd place on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday. For the women’s events on both days, it was Tessa Wever (FERNI) in 1st place and Gemma Leishman (WHWTR) in 2nd place. On Saturday, Parker Digiacomo (WHWTR) took 3rd and on Sunday, Eloise Yu (FERNI) claimed the 3rd spot.
Everyone brought a great attitude, creativity and flexibility to complete this event under extremely challenging conditions. Special thanks to Teck, BC Alpine, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies and Dreadnaught Racing for all the support.
“Mother Nature threw her best challenges at us this weekend, but the whole community – parents, athletes, race crew, volunteers and the resort – pulled together to achieve this once-in-a-lifetime race, full of fun and memories. This one certainly goes in the books as a special event. Kudos to all involved!”
Dave Nighswander, Chief of Race
Kimberley Alpine Team wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors and thank them for their support: