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Nancy Greene-Nat Bosa Bursary | Only 3 days to Apply

Nancy Greene – Nat Bosa Bursary: Nancy Greene played an instrumental role in starting the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club (which merged into WMSC) and in supporting the Canadian junior skier development program. Nancy has continued to be a great supporter of ski racing in Canada over the years. Nat Bosa and his companies have provided the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club with financial assistance for the construction of both ski cabins and have continued to support WMSC and our athletes over the years.

To recognize the tremendous contributions of Nancy and Nat in support of ski racing in Whistler the Whistler Mountain Ski Club created the Nancy Greene/Nat Bosa Bursary. These funds are intended to contribute towards coaching fees, travel expenses, equipment costs and other expenses related to the development of our ski racers. To qualify an athlete must be active in a Club program (U18/U21, U16, U14, U12), BC Team or National Team. The Board of Directors has appointed a committee to administer the Bursary and athletes should submit their requests, in confidence, to the committee by the end of February. Awards are announced in March and funds applied to the recipient’s racer account. Award criteria include perceived financial need, program costs, the athlete’s character and skill level, and parental volunteerism.

Apply to bursaries@wmsc.info. The deadline is Sunday, February, 28.

Spring Break Recovery Days | Monday March 15th and 22nd

We are adding Monday March 15th and March 22 to recover the days missed earlier due to extreme weather. You still will need to register your athletes at free of cost to allow Lead Coaches to staff properly. Also, you will need to complete the Daily Health Check (DHC)

We hope to see as many of you then!

Sign up U12 | U14 | U16 | U21

2021-2022 HH Team Uniforms Try-on Sessions and pre-orders | Feb 27 & 28 and March 5-7

If your athlete(s) will need a new uniform for next season, we will host a few try-on sessions this weekend and next. The pre-orders are due on Sunday, March 7th.

To comply with our COVID-19 protocols, you will need to book your time slot and wear a mask. We will appreciate that only athletes shopping and one parent attend the sessions.

Sat and Sun, Feb 27 and 28 | 2:30-4:30 pm

Fri, Sat and Sun, March 5-7 | 2:30-4:30 pm

Register here:

21-22 HH Uniform Try-on and pre-ordering, Adult Sizes only | Feb 27 and 28

21-22 HH Uniform Try-on and pre-ordering, All Sizes | Mar 5-7

World Cup Corner by Roman Torn

Shifting toward the technical events of the World Championships, mid-week saw the running of the parallel and team parallel events. These events are relatively new and have their quirks and criticisms. For example, the parallel is run in a format that racers randomly draw which course they are to first run, red or blue. If all else is fair and equal the courses should be the same for both athletes for both runs on either course.

The maximum deficit for the first run is .50 of a second as long as the racer finishes the run without DQ. For the second run, the idea is the start gate is staggered in favour of the winner of the first run getting a head start on the opposite course with the lead over the other racers.

In theory this sounds fair and good until one course is significantly slower than the other which was the case in both the men’s and women’s races. This is because on average the slower course was closer to 1 second slower making it hard for any racer who randomly drew and raced the fast course first and the slow course second to win their heat. “Regardless of the outcome of the races you cannot deny they are entertaining.”

Men’s and Women’s Parallel

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1861995587913

Team Parallel

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1862662211546

Canada placed 7th

Both the Men’s and Women’s GS races showcased a lot of amazing skiing on challenging hills and surfaces. Hard snow with lots of turns all the way to the both, on the pitches and flats.

Men’s Giant Slalom

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1862904899838

Winning run

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1863710787818

Women’s Giant Slalom , super close race!

1st run

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1863195715562

Women’s Giant Slalom

2nd run

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1863243843543

Cassidy Gray 23rd

Men’s Slalom

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1862911043659

Winning run

https://www.fis-ski.com/en/alpine-skiing/alpine-news-multimedia/news-multimedia/videos/2021/2/sebastian-foss-solevaag-gold-men-s-slalom-2021-fis-world-alpine-ski-championships-Dkxp8QjcWh4

Women’s Slalom

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1862909507810

Winning run by the best skier of the day!

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1864090691931

Laurence St. Germain 17th

Ali nullmeyer 24th

Amelia Smart 27th

Extra Training Days | Available Thursdays-Saturday | Registration Opens on Sunday late afternoon and Closes Tuesdays at midnight

Extra training days are available as below and are subject to availability. Pricing U12-U14 $75/day and U16-U21 $80/day.

❖ U12 Sunday Athletes can sign up for Fridays and/or Saturdays

❖ U12 Core Athletes can sign up for Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Athletes can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Plus Athletes can sign up for Thursdays

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E-news Feb 19

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Mar 5, 2021 1:22PM PST ( 0 Comments )

World Cup Corner by Roman Torn

World Championships , Cortina d’Ampezzo

The next two weeks the town and resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo will be showcasing the 46th World Championships. Unlike winter Olympics which are every 4 years, in ski racing World Championships are held every two years with Men and women generally racing at the same venue and sometimes on the same hill. This can create interesting dynamics for men and women racers and organizers. This year Women have the luxury of being very familiar with the course as they race annually World Cup speed events at Cortina most years. The last time there was a men’s World Cup DH at Cortina was 31 years ago. Makes me feel really old, as I raced in the last men’s DH on this hill in 1990.

Another key point that should be known is, similar to Olympics there is a maximum of four athletes per nation per event participating in the World Championships. Along with the added pressure that this high profile event places on the top contenders, the opportunity for athletes that normally would run further back in World Cups produces exciting races and sometimes surprise results.

Men’s Super G

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1858921539536

Great race. Lots of drama and a good example of a course that played massive head games with some of the best skiers in the world. Best skier ended up winning but with some surprises at the top of the leader board. Won’t ruin it but make sure you watch Brodie Seger #28 at 1:21:45. James Crawford had a strong finish with a 14th finish, with Jeffery Reid 18th.

Women’s Super G

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1858852931881

Good solid race. The return of Michela Shiffrin to skiing a speed event for the first time this year. Another strong showing for Marie Michele Gagnon coming in 6th.

Men’s Downhill

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1860812867761

Not as exciting a race as the Super G. On top, a Super G course stuffed into a downhill with everyone doing their best to adapt. Very close race for the podium. Canadian James Crawford with the top finish at 21st, Jeffrey Reid 26th and Broderick Thompson 29th.

Women’s Downhill

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1860419139527

Cleanest turns won the race with the tuck turns on the flats making the difference for the winner. Marie Michele Gagnon a respectable 13th.

Men’s Combined SGS / Slalom

Amazing skiing from James Crawford, starting near the back of the pack to win the Super G segment. Confidence, early pressure and letting it run with a light touch gave him the time to beat going into the slalom segment of the combined. Watch at 1:17.22 . Strong skiing from the other Canadians as well in the SGS.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1861222467664

Men’s Combined Slalom

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1861308995512

Slalom skiers take over for a single run on the short skis. Watch James Crawford starting #1 make great slalom turns and a run that earns him a fantastic 4th place just off the overall podium in the combined. Other Canadians Trevor Phillip finished a respectable 10th , Broderick Thompson 11th , with Jeffrey Reid 22nd .

Women’s Combined Slalom

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1861272131557

Michela showed she is still one of the best overall skiers in the world, standing on the top of the podium after a very solid run of slalom in very icy conditions that made the relatively flat course a challenge for the others. Unfortunately no Canadians finished both runs.

Nancy Greene-Nat Bosa Award | Application deadline February 28

Nancy Greene – Nat Bosa Bursary: Nancy Greene played an instrumental role in starting the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club (which merged into WMSC) and in supporting the Canadian junior skier development program. Nancy has continued to be a great supporter of ski racing in Canada over the years. Nat Bosa and his companies have provided the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club with financial assistance for the construction of both ski cabins and have continued to support WMSC and our athletes over the years.

To recognize the tremendous contributions of Nancy and Nat in support of ski racing in Whistler the Whistler Mountain Ski Club created the Nancy Greene/Nat Bosa Bursary. These funds are intended to contribute towards coaching fees, travel expenses, equipment costs and other expenses related to the development of our ski racers. To qualify an athlete must be active in a Club program (U18/U21, U16, U14, U12), BC Team or National Team. The Board of Directors has appointed a committee to administer the Bursary and athletes should submit their requests, in confidence, to the committee by the end of February. Awards are announced in March and funds applied to the recipient’s racer account. Award criteria include perceived financial need, program costs, the athlete’s character and skill level, and parental volunteerism.

Apply to bursaries@wmsc.info. The deadline is February, 28.

Extra Training Days | Available Thursdays-Saturday | Registration Opens on Sunday late afternoon and Closes Tuesdays at midnight

Extra training days are available as below and are subject to availability. Pricing U12-U14 $75/day and U16-U21 $80/day.

❖ U12 Sunday Athletes can sign up for Fridays and/or Saturdays

❖ U12 Core Athletes can sign up for Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Athletes can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Plus Athletes can sign up for Thursdays


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COVID REMINDER

We appreciate everyone’s efforts in regards to the Daily Health Checks and wish to remind all our racers that they need to continue to be diligent with their mask wearing – up over their noses!

Nancy Greene-Nat Bosa Award | Application deadline February 28

Nancy Greene – Nat Bosa Bursary: Nancy Greene played an instrumental role in starting the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club (which merged into WMSC) and in supporting the Canadian junior skier development program. Nancy has continued to be a great supporter of ski racing in Canada over the years. Nat Bosa and his companies have provided the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club with financial assistance for the construction of both ski cabins and have continued to support WMSC and our athletes over the years.


To recognize the tremendous contributions of Nancy and Nat in support of ski racing in Whistler the Whistler Mountain Ski Club created the Nancy Greene/Nat Bosa Bursary. These funds are intended to contribute towards coaching fees, travel expenses, equipment costs and other expenses related to the development of our ski racers. To qualify an athlete must be active in a Club program (U18/U21, U16, U14, U12), BC Team or National Team. The Board of Directors has appointed a committee to administer the Bursary and athletes should submit their requests, in confidence, to the committee by the end of February. Awards are announced in March and funds applied to the recipient’s racer account. Award criteria include perceived financial need, program costs, the athlete’s character and skill level, and parental volunteerism.


Apply to bursaries@wmsc.info . The deadline is February, 28.

World Cup Corner | By Roman Torn

With the World Championships next week, it was a light weekend of racing with only Men’s DH and SGS taking place at Garmish. Women had the weekend off.

Racing on a shortened course due to very mild temperatures and soft conditions made conditions tough for all, especially later numbers. This course is deceivingly tough with the last left corner before the finishing stretch being a good indicator of who has any legs left.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1854666307830

Tough day for the Canadians running in the back with WMSC’s Broderick Thompsen pulling out the best finish coming 32 just out of the points starting way back in 54th. Good effort considering the conditions. Others started 43,44,48.

Winning run, super solid, very strong outside ski.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtmIB0O4rE0

Don’t usually show crashes but this is great example of a racer that walked away from a fall thanks to netting doing exactly what it was supposed to do. This is what you do not want to do just before a jump.

Joseph Ferstel, Germany

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1854603843530

The Super G the next day saw another day where soft conditions made it challenging for late starters to contend. Good day racing though for WMSC’s James Crawford and Brodie Seger coming in 19th and 21st respectively . Brodie starting 38th was one of the only later numbers to come in the points. Watch this really solid run at 1:33:44. Broderick Thompsen once again coming 32.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1855449667985

Winning run by the SGS points leader.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW22o9fCO8E

Extra Training Days | Available Thursdays-Saturday | Registration Opens on Sunday late afternoon and Closes Tuesdays at midnight

Extra training days are available as below and are subject to availability. Pricing U12-U14 $75/day and U16-U21 $80/day.

❖ U12 Sunday Athletes can sign up for Fridays and/or Saturdays

❖ U12 Core Athletes can sign up for Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Athletes can sign up for Thursdays and/or Fridays

❖ U14-U21 Core Plus Athletes can sign up for Thursdays

SIGN UP U12 | U14 | U16 | U21

U12 Program Update March 1st

Posted by U12 Program at Mar 1, 2021 7:23PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Hey U12’s

March is upon us. Time flies and I’m reminded that the end of the season approaches quickly. Let’s make the most of the time we have remaining this season. We have 17 Training days Scheduled and available to us through March with 13 Planned for April. This is a lot of Volume for our young athletes. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to renew our focus on proper rest, Nutrition, and recovery Through these last couple months of the Core U12 Season. If we can maximize our training on these days, we will see massive gains by the end of the season weather permitting of course.
I have attached a recovery workout outline for athletes who wish to follow it. I would recommend doing this after each training day, it should help with recovery. This will also help set a routine that athletes will follow in their future racing careers.

Our U12/14 Time trial was yesterday. Athletes seemed to have a blast and we saw some very good skiing. This was also our longest course sets of the season which is exciting. Skiing with and against the older age group brought out some competitive spirit in the kids. It was interesting to see how each of them approached the day.

Once I have the Results, I will share them.

It was a challenging day at times for Video. Fog rolling in and out made for some inconsistencies with video. Athletes were also running quickly for the Time trial, so some runs are incomplete on video.

Here is Video From that session: https://we.tl/t-DPcL6Opbd7

This week’s planned Training Schedule: (Weather will likely play a role in Friday-Sunday’s Training)

If heavy snow comes as currently forecast, there’s a good chance we will be loading whistler and Freeskiing Friday Through Sunday. If possible, we will plan to ski on Blackcomb when Peak to peak opens if winds allow. I will send further updates as the weather picture clarifies. As of this moment, Thursday appears to be our best day for Slalom training.

Thursday March 4th Slalom Training on Blackcomb
Early Load Blackcomb 7:25 AM Base of Blackcomb Gondola (Milestones side)
Coaches will be setting Environments on Ross’ Gold when athletes arrive.
U12 Environments will be set from mid road right side and we will deposit backpacks at Jersey Road.
1:30 Drop off time at Jersey road

Friday March 5th Slalom Training on Blackcomb
Early Load Blackcomb 7:25 AM Base of Blackcomb Gondola (Milestones side)
Coaches will be setting Environments on Ross’ Gold when athletes arrive.
U12 Environments will be set from mid road right side and we will deposit backpacks at Jersey Road.
1:30 Drop off time at Jersey road

Saturday March 6th Slalom training on Blackcomb
Early Load Blackcomb 7:30 AM Base of Blackcomb Gondola (Milestones side)
Coaches at the bottom and top of the gondola to begin warmup as environments are set up.
U12 Environments will be set from mid road right side and we will deposit backpacks at Jersey Road.
1:30 Drop off time at Jersey road

Sunday March 7th Slalom Training on Blackcomb
Early Load Blackcomb 7:30 AM Base of Blackcomb Gondola (Milestones side)
Coaches at the bottom and top of the gondola to begin warmup as environments are set up.
U12 Environments will be set from mid road right side and we will deposit backpacks at Jersey Road.
1:30 Drop off time at Jersey road

As per usual I encourage everyone to please bring a packed Lunch, extra layer, and Something for your athlete to sit on at lunch times. We will be taking our lunches outside barring any cold snaps or Extreme weather. Especially on Blackcomb as we have no where to bring groups inside.

Here is the Extra days training link: https://teampages.com/clubs/6388/pages/181905
Daily Health Check link: https: //teampages.com/clubs/6388/pages/181879

Thanks
Mathieu Leduc
WMSC U12 Lead Coach
250-218-8174

The document Recovery_workout___Stretches_Spring_2021.pdf was attached to this post.

U12 Program Update Feb 22nd

Posted by U12 Program at Feb 22, 2021 8:54PM PST
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Hey U12’s
Another wicked weekend of training for the U12 crew. Blackcomb was stellar and each day provided some much-needed assortment of training potential. We got alpine freeskiing, Moguls, Technical freeskiing (TFS) and some good gate training. This is what I would call an ideal situation for a U12 training weekend. The amount of mileage certainly added up on my legs so I can imagine the kids were tired on Sunday afternoon. We also had minimal complaints regarding the outdoors nature of our lunch scenario so that’s a credit to each families preparations and layering.

Next weekend is a bit different. As many of you surely noticed we were unable to do our U12/14 Time trail Sunday with the incoming weather changing both programs plans. We will try again this Sunday.

Our Focus will transition back to ankle activation with a consistent pole plant. We will also aim to train on a variety of terrains for the next few weeks to challenge those skills.

With that in mind here is the anticipated Schedule for the upcoming weekends training.
Here is the Link for Daily Health checks: https://teampages.com/clubs/6388/pages/181879
Here is the link for extra training days: https://teampages.com/clubs/6388/pages/181905

Friday Feb 26th
Slalom training on Blackcomb (Ross’s Gold)
7:25 Meeting time at base of Blackcomb Gondola for early upload
Athletes will meet coaches on Ross’ Gold There will be a coach at the top to do Patrol clearance and send them toward their training environments. Coaches will be down setting those environments at the time of upload.
1:30 Drop off time at Backpacks location Bottom of Ross’ Gold near timing Hut. We will be on the left lane for Slalom training.

Saturday Feb 27th
GS Training on Whistler (Schoolyard)
Early load Fitzsimmons Chair 7:25 (Coaches will be at the base to meet athletes and begin warmup on the hill)
Drop off 1:30 Chic pea

Sunday Feb 28
Whistler Upload then GS Training and Time trial Blackcomb (Ross’ Gold)
Note we will be Uploading Whistler as Upload is a bit packed on Blackcomb
7:25 Meeting time at base of Fitzsimmons for early upload Athletes will do warmup and dailies before heading to Peak to peak.
There will be U12 Coaches at the base to help with organization and questions.
1:30 Drop off time at Backpacks on Jersey Road.

Thanks
Mathieu Leduc
WMSC U12 Lead Coach
250-218-8174