BCST women’s group taking in valuable lessons and plenty of volume

BCST women’s group taking in valuable lessons and plenty of volume

(photo left to right – Alexa Brownlie, Mila Plavsic, Dillon Prophet (guest coach), Erin Husken, Jasmine Coubrough)

The BC Women’s Training Group are currently in El Colorado, Chile, hard at work in the midst of a productive on-snow training camp.

According to head coach Montana Molyneux, a group of four skiers – Alexa Brownlie, Mila Plavsic, Erin Husken & newest Training Group athlete Jasmine Coubrough, along with Coach Monty and guest coach Dillon Prophet (Smither’s Ski Club) – look to complete 20 days of quality training during the camp which concludes on September 25th.

To date, they have worked on technical freeskiing, panelled glalom, GS training and some mountain freeskiing. It’s the first time in Chile for all the skiers.

“We experienced a lot of different weather from sunshine and blue skies on our first day to snow storms, high winds, and low visibility,” said Coach Monty. “The athletes were super productive throughout all the weather, pushing hard to make changes in their skiing. They made everyday count, finding improvements each day and working hard to pattern strong skiing through the training sessions.”

“Each athlete has a strong individual focus on what they need to do but some of the things we have been working on throughout the camp are: stacking up to start the turn, Establishing a strong outside ski before rolling on, ankle/shin engagement through the top of turn, a strong roll on into the turn.”

In addition to the training, the team has had an up-close-and-personal perspective of several World Cup teams, such as the Norwegian women’s tech team, the Austrian men’s tech team, as well as the Canadian para-alpine team and others. Next up will be a GS and super-G block next week.

“Our athletes worked hard this summer through their fitness training and the coaches are seeing that the athletes are able to get a lot done on the hill each day because of it.”

Big shout out to Shayna Little, a returning Training Group athlete that is working hard at home, coming back from knee surgery. We are excited about the progress she’s made through the recovery process and are looking forward to when she can be back on snow with the team!

(above left to right) Coach Montana Molyneux and Jasmine Coubrough
GS environment

BCST men’s group putting in the work in the southern hemisphere

BCST men’s group putting in the work in the southern hemisphere

The men’s BC Ski Team have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, both on and off snow. The team returned in early September from a successful on-snow training camp in Chile at El Colorado.

“We got the whole spectrum of weather while we were away,” said Morgan Pridy, men’s head coach. “It’s a stark reminder of our shifting climate and precarious nature of future summer training plans. Shallow snow still provided a workable surface for the group to train, despite the unsightly and rapidly spreading dirt patches across the mountain.”

The weather quickly turned – proving the much-used weather apps correct – with metres of snow blanketing the hill forcing the team to wait out the storm.

“A small silver lining, albeit only in hindsight, was the incredibly consistent wind howling through the resort,” Pridy said. “Metres of snow hugged the snow fences and other wrinkles on the face of the mountain, but the bulk of our options for training space needed only a couple of days before it was scraped down to a productive surface once again.”

The team was rewarded “with an awesome week to finish the camp”.

What’s next Coach Morgan?

Each guy on the team is working through their own process to build themselves up towards the competitive season. Right now we all still have a lot of work ahead of us in order to be ready, but we also have a lot of opportunities to improve between now and December.

Closest at hand is finishing Septembers off-snow training and then returning to South America for our second chance at on-snow preparation. This time in Corralco, one of Chile’s most southern resorts.

The race season get’s underway for the BCST men in November. See the race calendar for details.


Photos from BCST camp in El Colorado, Chile

“Winter” arrival
Chile sunset
Arrival day
Sascha Gilbert & Oliver Young
Dylan Stevens
Snow wall after the storm
GS course
Early mornings

BC Alpine names 10 skiers to the 2023 BC Training Group

BC Alpine names 10 skiers to the 2023 BC Training Group

BC Alpine announced eight returning ski racers – and two new additions – to the BC Training Group, a major stepping stone towards BC Ski Team selection.

Four skiers met full qualification standards, while the others will be working over the preparation phase to be named to the BC Ski Team for the 2023-24 season (announcement in November). See the complete training roster below.

The Training Group, which represents five ski clubs across the province – Fernie Alpine Ski Team, Whistler Mountain Ski Club, Grouse-Tyee Ski Club, Big White Racers and the Vernon Ski Club – are now focussed on fitness and pre-season training.

“This time of year is all about building trust and connection between coach and athletes,” said BC Alpine VP Johnny Crichton. “Find the limits and work together to extend them. It’s all about communication and support through physical challenges to prep the team for the long, arduous season. We have a great crew of coaches and athletes who are fully dedicated to becoming champions!”

Women’s group building culture

The women’s training group is kicking off the offseason with a training camp in Fernie through July. “This is where the team comes together to push out of their comfort zone, solidify themselves as a team and build a strong culture as well as explore a new community in BC,” said women’s head coach Montana Molyneux.

Coach Monty is excited to build on the progress from last season. “The returning athletes from the training group have created an environment that fosters respect, focus, hard work and fun which will be exciting for our newest training group athlete Jasmine. Together this group can continue to challenge each other to grow as athletes and teammates.”

“They will be ready to push out of the start gate whether that be Nor-Ams or BC cups and have full confidence that they’ve done everything to find success!”

The women’s group have a significant fitness focus from June to August with the first on snow camp scheduled for September in Chile, followed by indoor training session in October in Germany and then pre-season prep in North America in November.

Men’s group building on foundation

The men’s team is centralized in Fernie for July, where they are “dedicating this time together to push as a team and form the base needed to thrive during on snow prep,” said men’s head coach Morgan Pridy. Pridy is full of optimism regarding the development of the team.

“It’s very exciting to have the core group of guys back for the new season,” he said. “They worked hard last year to build up a strong foundation and also discovered the demands of a full Nor-am schedule. The group is hungry and has set high expectations moving forward.”

According to Pridy, the addition of Baptiste Cais to the training group will be a great opportunity for him and also the team to push his teammates. 

From August to mid-October the men’s group will be back and forth between South America and home, working through on-snow skills and continuing fitness progressions.  

* Two skiers from last season’s provincial group will not be rejoining the BCST this season. Heming Sola, of Summerland and the Apex Ski Club, who dazzled last season with strong performances will continue ski racing and pursuing academics at Dartmouth. Tait Jordan, of North Van and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club is pursuing options for post secondary education while completing his rehab (ACL) and growing his entrepreneurial endeavours.

BC Ski Team (qualified)

  • Dylan Timm (2002) Fernie Alpine Ski Team (Fernie)
  • Sascha Gilbert (2004) Whistler Mountain Ski Club (Whistler)
  • Dylan Stevens (2004) Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club (North Vancouver)
  • Oliver Young (2004) Vernon Ski Club/Okanagan Ski Team (Coldstream)

BC Women’s Training Group

  • Mila Plavsic (2004) Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club (Vancouver)
  • Alexa Brownlie (2005) Whistler Mountain Ski Club (Whistler)
  • Erin Husken (2005) Whistler Mountain Ski Club (North Vancouver)
  • Shayna Little (2005) Big White Ski Club/Okanagan Ski Team (Kelowna)
  • Jasmine Coubrough (2006) Vernon Ski Club / OST (Salmon Arm)

BC Men’s Training Group

  • Baptiste Cais (2005) Fernie Alpine Ski Team (Field)

Coaches:

  • Morgan Pridy, Men’s Head Coach
  • Montana Molyneux, Women’s Head Coach
  • Dustin Koepke, Men’s Coach

Photo credit (top photo): Derek Trussler

For more information:

Johnny Crichton
BC Alpine VP Athletics
johnny@bcalpine.com

Skier for Life: Proud Rossland native and Teck employee grew up surrounded by skiing & ski racing

Skier for Life: Proud Rossland native and Teck employee grew up surrounded by skiing & ski racing

As a fourth generation “Rossland’er”, Catherine Adair has had front row seats to countless family skiing moments, many of them involving local or regional ski competitions. 

Now, in her career as a Manager of Community Development for Teck Resources at their Vancouver head office, Catherine’s favourite topic may still be her Kootenay roots. 

“I had a ski pass every year so it’s what we did as a family every weekend,” Catherine explained, about growing up on the slopes of Red Mountain. “I wasn’t much of a ski racer – I did the Nancy Greene ski league for a while – but my sister and my two cousins Jenni and Julia Delich raced competitively.”

 During her youth, Catherine got to know many of the ski areas across the province when the family travelled to various ski areas in the interior and Coast, one of the perks of being in a skiing community.

“My grandfather on one side and great grandfather on the other side moved to Rossland to work in the mines,” she explained, when BC Alpine connected with her in March. “Then my grandparents [the Delich’s] operated “Delich Jewelry” in town for a number of years.”

All in the family

Catherine’s mom (Teresa) was a successful national-ranked ski racer, winning the Pontiac Cup in the 1970s, as she trained on the slopes of Red Mountain. And Mike Delich – Catherine’s uncle – was instrumental in the development of ski racing in both Rossland and Fernie. Mike, a long-time FIS Technical Delegate as well as the former Chair of BC Alpine, is a developer and builder in Fernie, where he laid roots in the 1980s, raising daughters Julia and Jenny, both former national team skiers for Canada as well as graduates of NCAA ski racing university programs in the United States.

“Ski racing builds so many of the skills that you need to be a successful adult. We have many people who work with Teck who used to be ski racers.”

For Catherine, her professional journey brought her back to Rossland in 2010 when she worked at the Teck Trail Operations Smelter – one of the world’s largest fully integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes – for close to 10 years.

The experience allowed her to experience her hometown as an adult, including all of the outdoor pursuits and snow-filled recreations.

Natural partnership

As a long-time sponsor and supporter of BC Alpine and ski club programs across the province, Teck employees are passionate and engaged in community activities. As Catherine explained, a large number of Teck employees live in the communities across the province where ski clubs exist.

“A huge part of living in BC, particularly in the rural areas, is the opportunity to recreate in nature and skiing is such a big part of that,” she said. “A huge amount of our employees are involved with ski programs in BC so we want to support what they are involved in.

Photo by Steve Hilts – freshshots.ca 

“What our communities care about is where Teck wants to be.”

As a sponsor and engaged partner with various sports and arts programs across the province, Teck continues to nurture and help build these community connections through their involvement.

First-hand perspective

Catherine attended a BC Alpine Teck Coast Zone U16 race in Whistler in February, and was impressed with the skiing level of the racers and the hard working volunteers.

Catherine Adair (left) and Anders Hestdalen (BC Alpine CEO) in Whistler. 

“I saw so many people helping with the races, and it seemed to me like a really fun and welcoming community,” she said. It was really fun, it was my second time skiing Whistler. Anders [Hestdalen] showed me around the mountain and it truly is a spectacular and world class resort … and to see the facilities that ski racing has set up there was really impressive.”

Ski racing in BC is no doubt a close-knit community and Catherine can appreciate the volunteerism and professionalism shown by the ski clubs and BC Alpine.

And the experience of growing up in Rossland was something Catherine certainly doesn’t take for granted. 

“I was so lucky, it’s such a safe and welcoming community where everyone takes care of each other and there was always something fun to do outside … Rossland will always be home.”


Photo at top: The Teck U16 Western Championships were held at Red Mountain in March. Photo by Steve Hilts – freshshots.ca

Sun Peaks NGSL Festival: BC’s largest ski racing event filled with smiles … and fast skiing

Sun Peaks NGSL Festival: BC’s largest ski racing event filled with smiles … and fast skiing

Nothing says spring skiing quite like when a sea of over 600 kids descend the slopes of Sun Peaks, bashing through moguls, racing through a ski-cross style kombi course or glalom race, tucking through a speed trap or launching off a speed jump. 

This is seriously fun stuff, for the young skiers, their parents and the dozens upon dozens of volunteers who host this event, the largest in the province.

Ski racing at its finest.

And always nearby is the ultimate spectator and fan of youth skiing and ski racing – and a champion skier in her own right – Nancy Greene, the namesake of the NGSL program and festival. Nancy was on hand to cheer on the racers, sign helmets, and hand out awards. What a special treat for the kids.

PHOTO GALLERY: Miscellaneous (by Maria Davis Photography)

In a busy season for the Sun Peaks Alpine Club, which saw them host a series of zone and club races, this 18th annual Nancy Greene Festival – sponsored by Hub International – has become the biggest NGSL festival in Canada. It was expected that over 2,000 guests in total came to enjoy the many perks on and around Sun Peaks, namely its fantastic skiing conditions this season.

SPAC president Duncan Currie, was most impressed by the overall experiences by the participating families. 

“[The events aren’t about competitions because] results at a young age don’t necessarily translate to what you’re going to do as a young adult … We’re trying to create lifelong skiers rather than diehard ski racers,” Currie explained to Sun Peaks Independent News.

In addition, “Uncle Chris the Clown” who was all over the mountain, was seen keeping up to the youngsters and, of course, putting smiles on faces especially at the awards ceremony.

PHOTO GALLERY: Glalom race (by Alpine Images Photography)

Photos by Alpine Images Photography. Participant images from the Glalom race can be purchased by clicking the button below.

A Star is Born: Roxy Coatesworth emerges as a star at 2023 Canada Winter Games

A Star is Born: Roxy Coatesworth emerges as a star at 2023 Canada Winter Games

An emerging Canadian ski racing phenom made headlines and collected some serious hardware in Prince Edward Island at the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

With steely resolve, a focussed attention to details and an obvious set of impressive skills, Roxy Coatesworth, from Golden, B.C., dominated the competition at Canada’s largest multi-sports games and claimed an impressive four gold medals in four events – super-G, giant slalom, slalom and ski cross. It was a clear sign that a star was unveiled on the slopes of Crabbe Mountain, New Brunswick.

Coatesworth was chosen as the British Columbia flag-bearer at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday. “’Being chosen to hold the flag is a huge honour,” said the 16-year-old with a big smile. “It’s amazing to be able to represent everyone back home and all the athletes around me. I’m proud that I can be looked upon as a good representative for BC.”

“I wouldn’t be here without all of my support from my family, friends, coaches, sponsors, and so many more,” says Coatesworth. “All of my results this week happened with them at my side.”

Overall, Team BC finished in second place in the medal standings (see table below) behind Quebec who claimed a whopping 151 medals. BC finished with 103 total medals, including 46 gold, 26 silver and 31 bronze medals. In total, 3,600 athletes across 20 sports and 175 events were contested at 18 venues. The event is massive.

The alpine team scored multiple top 15 finishes and five medals in total – including Maddox Johnson, of the Fernie Alpine Ski Team taking a bronze in men’s ski cross – and along with Coatesworth’s four-medal dominant performance, the alpine skiers from BC (full roster below) contributed to the overall success of the provincial totals.

The para skiers from Team BC also had a strong performance at the Games, taking home three medals – a gold, silver and bronze – over two events. Matthew Leach, from the Vernon Ski Club, and Sam Peters, of the Big White Racers finished second and third respectively in the men’s para giant slalom. Leach, 15, went on to win the men’s para slalom, capping an impressive few days of racing for the youngster from Lumby, B.C.

“We went there with the goal of being the best team in all aspects, not only on the hill, but also off the hill, being respectful, engaging, supportive and energized,” said BC Alpine VP Johnny Crichton. “Our team delivered and it was noticed by the rest of the country. Well done, team!”

Team BC – Men

  1. Douglas Hunter, Sun Peaks Alpine Club
  2. Maddox Johnson, Fernie Alpine Ski Team
  3. Marek Novak, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
  4. Nick Kokot, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
  5. Gavin Santoro, Apex Ski Club
  6. Sacha Jirasek, Big White Racers
  7. Avery Tymchyna, Sun Peaks Alpine Club

Team BC – Women

  1. Roxy Coatesworth, Black Dogs Ski Club
  2. Hannah Jensen, Whistler Mountain Ski Club
  3. Madison Sherriff, Black Dogs Ski Club
  4. Rylie Clark, Whitewater Ski Team
  5. Amy Milne, Vernon Ski Club
  6. Eva Wyse, Apex Ski Club
  7. Maika Lennox-King, Whistler Mountain Ski Club

Team BC – Para

  • Matthew Leach, Vernon Ski Club (Guide: Chase Ferguson)
  • Rowan Wiens, Vernon Ski Club
  • Sam Peters, Big White Racers

Coaches

  • Leslie Firstbrook – Head Coach
  • John Newton – Assistant Coach
  • Soleil Patterson – Assistant Coach
  • Paul Coatsworth – Ski Technician

Medal table

ContingentGoldSilverBronzeTotal
 Quebec574351151
 Ontario324333108
 British Columbia462631103
 Alberta20363692
 Nova Scotia771024
 Saskatchewan371020
 Manitoba66719
 New Brunswick241016
 Newfoundland and Labrador2024
 Yukon1023
 Prince Edward Island0112
 Northwest Territories0000
 Nunavut0000

Lead photo supplied by Rejean Pitre.