Want to be a WORLD CHAMPION? Check out the official alpine ski racing mobile game!

Want to be a WORLD CHAMPION? Check out the official alpine ski racing mobile game!

The official ski racing game of FIS, the Road to Cortina, is now underway. 

Can’t race in person right now? Put on a virtual BC Ski Team speed suit and join us in an online World Championship race in Cortina. Virtual qualification races for the title event began on December 3rd, and leads to the virtual venue of the first FIS Esports Alpine World Ski Championships, February 6 – 21, 2021. 

Get in on the action!

Update or install World Cup Ski Racing, the Official Alpine Racing Game of FIS (free)

Anyone with an iOS or Android mobile device can compete to qualify for one of 30 coveted invitations

The official qualifying events on The Road to Cortina are run in-game (see schedule, venues and detailed rules below)

– A 1st place in any of the qualifying events guarantees a spot in the Esports World Championships for that event. Players qualify once for an event. A player can qualify for different events, by winning (or earning enough World Cup points) in multiple events.

– The remaining invitations are awarded based on combined World Cup Points earned over the Road to Cortina season (Dec 03, 2020 – Feb 02, 2021). Qualifying players will receive a unique code that grants in-game access to the official FIS Esports Alpine World Ski Championship events, on the virtual slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Real-world prizes and rewards await the podium finishers, and for the winners, the right to claim their title as the first FIS Esports Alpine World Ski Champions.

50% of the revenue from the in-game sales of the BC Ski Team speed suits comes back to BC Alpine in return for partnering with Session Games and FIS.

Canada’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis retires from World Cup Alpine Ski Racing

Canada’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis retires from World Cup Alpine Ski Racing

From Alpine Canada Alpin News – Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Calgary, Alta. (October 13, 2020) – Three-time World Cup winner, Canadian Alpine Ski Team veteran Manuel Osborne-Paradis announced his retirement from competitive racing today. Osborne-Paradis, who landed on the World Cup podium 11 times, and captured a bronze medal at the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships, retires as a member of the Canadian Cowboys. 

“Thinking about the journey from being 4-years-old skiing on mickey mouse skis, to standing on World Cup and World Championship podiums still gives me goosebumps,” reflected Osborne-Paradis. “Rubbing shoulders with my childhood idols, skiing the death-defying courses I had spent years hearing about through tales around the ski cabin fireplace.”

Throughout 16 seasons, the Canadian phenom stood on top of the podium in Kvitfjell, NOR, Val Gardena, ITA, and on home soil at Lake Louise. When Manny, as he is better known, won bronze in Super-G at the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, SUI, he did so alongside teammate Erik Guay, and made history, as it was the first time Canada has put two men on the same podium at the Alpine World Ski Championships.   As a four-time Olympian, Manny had his best finish in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, ITA, where he skied to a 13th place finish in the downhill. 

“On behalf of Canada’s ski racing community, I want to congratulate Manny on an accomplished career and know that all Canadians join me in celebrating his 16 years of ski racing excellence with Canada’s Alpine Ski Team” said Therese Brisson, President & CEO of Alpine Canada Alpin. “On the snow, Manny was electric, pushing himself and his teammates to perform at their best.  We know Manny’s energy, spirit, and attitude will continue to help inspire the next generation of ski racers and fans” 

Manny was a founding member of the Canadian Cowboys, the elite group of Canadian men who have stood on the podium at World Cup or World Championship races.  This group was formed after an impressive string of performances from the Alpine Men’s team starting in 2006, which drew comparisons to the Crazy Canucks and inspired the Canadian Cowboys moniker.  The men went on to earn 52 podiums over 15 years. 

“If you have ever been around the intensity, grit, triumph, and failure of elite sport at the highest level you will understand the gift that a smile and a hearty laugh can add to such a journey. This is one of the wonderful gifts that Manny brought to his career representing Canada on the world stage,” said Phil McNichol, High-Performance Director of Alpine with Alpine Canada. “In addition to this gift and his amazing ski race performances, the young athletes that have been positively impacted by Manny’s mentorship will surely continue to be what defines Manny Osborne-Paradis.”

Beyond competition, Manny has been committed to building the next generation of Canadian ski racers. He and teammate Mike Janyk established The Mike and Manny Foundation which provides underprivileged kids with the opportunity to ski with two of Canada’s best. 

Manny recently completed the Harvard Business School Crossover into Business Program, gaining valuable experience that will serve him well in retirement. He has recently started classes at Royal Roads University working towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management. 

After a lifetime of traveling the world, Manny is excited to spend more time with his wife Lana, and his two children Sloane and Toby. Manny will continue to be an important part of the Canadian Ski Teams and already plans to work with the men’s speed team in Panorama, BC in November. 

“It’s been a wild ride with ups and downs, but I thank ski racing, and the community within,” Manny reflected while discussing his retirement. “Ski racing has sculpted who I am, it has opened many doors, and shown me new levels of possibility. Ski racing, you are a wicked, nasty, brutal, and invigorating sport, and I’ll always love you.”

Join us in celebrating Manny’s career on October 14 at 9 PM ET on CBCSports.ca

Support Sun Peaks Alpine Club 9th Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser – bid online!

Support Sun Peaks Alpine Club 9th Annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser – bid online!

Due to current gathering restrictions, the Sun Peaks Racers’ 9th Annual Oktoberfest has been moved to an online format for this year!  Raffle Tickets, 50-50 Tickets, Buy-It-Now Items and Silent Auction Items are all up for bid starting today! Oktoberfest is their major fundraiser of the year helping to keep the club operating with low program costs. 100% of ticket sales and donations made go to support the Sun Peaks Alpine Club and youth alpine sports.  We encourage all BC Alpine families to check out the Sun Peaks Racers Oktoberfest Online Auction. Raffle tickets include 4 Grand Prize Draws including 2 Nights Luxury Stay at the Sun Peaks Grand, pair of Rossignol Skis and more!  Silent Auction items include a piece of Sun Peaks History, a chance to own your very own Crystal Chair!!  Other exciting Auction Items include a coveted custom handmade Clock made from parts off the Crystal Chair, “Day in the Life of a Ski Racer” for 8 Friends with Wade Rettie and Cam Watson, beautiful Artwork, Gift Certificates and more!

To purchase Raffle Tickets and Bid on Auction Items visit: https://app.galabid.com/sunpeaksoktoberfest/widgets

Ryan Jazic accepts Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club U16 Head Coach position

Ryan Jazic accepts Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club U16 Head Coach position

For Immediate Release – September 17, 2020 (North Vancouver, BC) – The Grouse Mountain Tyee ski club is honoured to announce the hiring of Ryan Jazic as head coach of the U16 program for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Ryan brings to the role over 25 years of coaching experience throughout all stages of development, working with the National, Provincial and Coast Zone club teams over the years. Growing up in the Whistler and the Sea to Sky area, Ryan ski raced with the Blackcomb ski club and competed for the BC ski team of his day. In his most recent coaching position, Ryan worked six full seasons with the provincial ski team, helping foster the latest generation of BC high performance athletes, including Tyee Alumni Antonia Wearmouth, Kristina Natalenko, Nicole Mah, Francis MacDonald and Sam Mulligan.

“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Tyee Ski Club.  To sum up the last 25 + years of coaching I have seen that you can’t fake the fundamentals if you want success. That’s why I’m really excited to be working at the development level again and really bring an understanding of what it takes to succeed technically/mentally, both on and off the snow. This is a great age to develop these habits while having fun skiing at the same time.  As to what drew my eyes to the Tyee program in particular, I’d love to say it is the great hot dogs but that’s just a bonus! While coaching during many FIS series here over the last 7 years I’ve been impressed by the passion that this club has for the sport, and knowing Mike Janyk for such a long time I can see that it is being led in a great direction, and it was something I wanted to be a part of. Can’t wait for the snow to fly!” – Ryan Jazic

With a current team of 25 athletes, Ryan will be leading a strong and fun group of 14- and 15-year olds. “The club’s been building the older age programming over the last few years with a goal of inspiring the athletes to ski through two years of FIS (U18) and onto the Provincial ski team. Everyone comes with different goals, whether it’s high performance aspirations, becoming a coach, or to simply develop their skills to full potential while enjoying time with friends, our programs aim to fulfil them all. Ryan adds a high level of expertise, warm personality, and inclusive coaching style to support these individual and program goals. We’re stoked to have him and excited to see the team continue to grow.” – Mike Janyk, Program Director

Joining Ryan on the Coaching staff as an assistant is Titouan Olanié. Titouan worked with the U12 and U14 programs over the last two seasons and brings a level of continuity and youthful energy to the team. With everything going on in 2020, we are grateful to have a staff that matches the commitment and involvement of this current group of athletes, they deserve it!

Mike Janyk 
Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club Program Director 

viaSport & Province of BC announce Local Sport Relief Fund – apply by Oct 16!

viaSport & Province of BC announce Local Sport Relief Fund – apply by Oct 16!

viaSport and the Province of B.C. are pleased to announce that the Local Sport Relief Fund is now open and accepting applications from eligible organizations until October 16, 2020

The Local Sport Relief Fund
 has been developed to provide one-time financial relief for non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19. The fund is supported by the Province of B.C. and administered through viaSport British Columbia.

The goal of the funding is to support local sport organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The Province of B.C. recognizes the importance of community-based sport organizations and has allocated this funding to help in their recovery.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $7,500 to help offset fixed and operating costs. Funding must support administration and operational needs for an eventual return to sport, and new sport programming or initiatives are ineligible.

View the grant guidelines and find out how to apply here. For questions regarding the grant application process or to discuss your application, please email localsportfunding@viaSport.ca 

What organizations are eligible?        

Applications may be submitted by organizations that are:

  • Non-profit local sport organizations
  • Non-profit local sport organizations, which exist for the sole purpose of serving underrepresented populations and have well-established sport programming. Underserved populations include Indigenous peoples, girls & women, LGBTQ+, low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and newcomers to Canada or refugees.

All organizations must be located in British Columbia and focus on sport delivery at the local or community level. Organizations must be not-for-profit and have a B.C. registered society or CRA charity number. For-profit organizations and those with a provincial scope of delivery are not eligible, including viaSport’s funded Provincial Sport, Disability Sport, Multi-Sport and Regional Alliance partners.