News and Announcements
Be part of the 2020 Whistler Cup Team!
See more about the Whistler Cup here.
Join us February 15, 3:30 – 5:30pm for a fun après ski social hosted by the Whistler Mountain Ski Club board of directors. We’ll serve appetizers and refreshments, and you can meet the volunteer organizing committee behind the 28th edition of the Whistler Cup.
The Whistler Cup welcomes over 400 U14 & U16 athletes from across the globe. To make this a success, we need you!
As hosts of the event, the WMSC needs more than 400 volunteers to make the event a memorable success for all. Want to know more? Then this social is the place to be!
• Meet the volunteer coordinator, Abbie – come armed with questions about what the right fit is for you!
• Meet key members of the Race Organizing Committee – learn all you can about what it takes to put on this event.
• Meet some key sponsors, without whom this event couldn’t happen!
• We’ll have event videos, sign-up sheets, Whistler Cup merch and more.
The Whistler Cup has a long track record of showcasing future stars and many of Canada’s biggest World Cup and Olympic alpine and ski-cross stars have also graced the event over the years, experiencing international competition for the first time on their journey toward success on the world stage!
We look forward to seeing you!
See the Social Invitation for more details.
2019 – 2020 Club Race 1
Panelled Slalom, Dave Murray National training Centre
After a challenging start to the year, yesterday we eventually managed to get our Club race series started!
Although the conditions were still very challenging, after great efforts by Rob Boyd and the coaches to prepare for and set the course, some irreplaceable parent volunteers helping with set-up, timing and course maintenance we managed to get all the athletes through a 1 run panel slalom.
Even with the limited time training in gates this year, there was some great skiing, with strong displays of determination, perseverance and athletic recoveries!
The conditions were just a little too marginal to push for the Team Relay portion, however we will look for an alternative date to add this back into the schedule. Our plan is still to make teams, split evenly on times, with athletes from each age category to allow the older athletes to step into a leadership role to support the younger athletes, and create not only a flow of knowledge and experience, but some connections and friendships that break through the age group barriers.
Our club races are a great opportunity for all of our athletes to learn. It is a race environment with little at stake, but where one can try their tactical race skills and even the added value of a club race brought out the best in our athletes yesterday!
The course was challenging due to a great course set and tough snow conditions, but athletes fought hard to give their best from the start gate to the finish line. When the conditions are tough it shows a lot about someone’s mindset. Those who rise to the challenge, and still give their very best are those who relish in the tough conditions and the challenges. The skill of ‘racing’, giving one’s best is like any other skill, a skill that has to be developed, practiced and tested, and as with so many of the skills developed in ski racing, translates directly to life!
I look forwards to see you all at the next Club races on Feb 15th / 16th and in the meantime, there’s plenty opportunity to practice giving 100% from the start gate to the finish line.
Don’t forget that we will also have a Club Race Social on Feb 15th, where we will also ensure that we are sharing information about Whistler Cup, particularly for those who are new to the event, or moving up from U14 to U16.
In order concentrate our collective efforts and time, this social will also serve as the volunteer appreciation for the club race this weekend, the upcoming U14 races and the speed camp net-set. Therefore there will be no socials on Feb 1st and 8th as previously planned.
A huge thanks again to all of our volunteers who tirelessly, and selflessly make ski racing possible. The amount of time and effort that you put in on-hill, off-hill and behind the scenes is truly inspirational and motivational. To our unsung heros, thank you!
Find the Club Race results here.
Past and Upcoming Races | Telus Winter Classic | Celebration of Life
First Club Race of the Season is Tomorrow!
We are excited to finally be hosting our first Club Race of the season tomorrow, Saturday January 25th. The race will take place on the Dave Murray National Training Centre and will consist of a Panelled Slalom and a Team Relay event with the results of the panelled slalom being used to create teams for the relay. See you there!
Recent Races at all Age Categories
Despite the challenging conditions that we have had for training and racing, other athletes and parents volunteers have been rising to the challenge and both home and away we have had some great series.
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made the U14 and U12 races at home possible, and very successful, despite the weather.
Read up on the event recaps about the races at every level in the past month, it’s been a busy January!
The U14’s Race Again – Feb 8th and 9th
The U14’s will be racing again on our own Dave Murray National Training Centre. On February 8th and 9th, racers from around the Coast Zone will again head to Whistler for the first GS races of the season! And once again we are asking for all hands on deck to make this race as successful as the U14 slalom race in January! We need every available parent to help with this additional event on our calendar! You don’t have to be a U14 parent to lend a helping hand. As always there are on-hill and off-hill opportunities for everyone. This is a great race to gain some experience in new areas. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
TELUS Winter Classic – March 6th and 7th
We are very proud to have Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s commitment as our Legacy Partner in the new Coaches’ Cabin Project along with their significant help with the evolutions that we have done in our fitness facilities.
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations benefitting the residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts and culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs.
They are hosting their 27th annual TELUS Winter Classic with the grand finale gala theme “Imagine 2120” March 6 and 7th, 2020. This action-packed weekend features fun filled ski events, wine, beer and food galore, live and silent auctions and fabulous entertainment. This event is definitely one not to miss!
Dr. Bob Jamieson’s Celebration of Life
Dr. Bob Jamieson was a huge contributor to not only whistler skiing, but Canadian skiing. His passing is a very sad event that was sudden and unexpected – many are still coming to grips. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Norma, Blake and the rest of Dr. Bob’s family and friends. Dr. Bob suffered a stroke while in the car, ski boots on and heading out for a day of skiing. All Whistler Weasel Workers, family and friends are invited to join Dr. Bob’s Celebration of Life on Sunday, February 23rd.
When: Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm
Where: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
In a unique ski racing format for ski racers in BC, U16 racers and U18/U21 (FIS) level racers competed together on the same hill with the same courses. The FIS racers skied first for their own race event, and then the U16 racers raced in the same course for their event. Having tracks already laid down by the older athletes seemed to raise the bar and get them racing a better line through the gates.
The Giant Slalom races were held on ‘Old Timer’, a pretty friendly track with grippy snow and nice rolling terrain. The slalom races were on ‘Hay Fever’, a much more challenging slope which was created for a World Cup SL race in 2007. Hay Fever starts with a very steep pitch with about 25 icy turns, followed by another 40 or so turns on mellower terrain before the finish.
“I’m not sure racing on such a steep FIS SL hill was the best for the U16’s, especially our first race of the year.” said Milan Novak who took a gold and bronze in GS, “The GS hill could have been a bit more challenging but it was a long GS and really nice snow.”
“I was a little concerned with how things might hold up racing after the FIS athletes, but as soon as I took my first run I was realized, this is great!” commented Sara Stiel, winner of all four U16 ladies races, “I was able to see how my times held up against the older athletes and watched them racing to get a better sense of what I will need to do to be competitive when I move up to FIS level racing next season. It was a great race series.”
Conrad Pridy, lead coach for the WMSC FIS program commented “Great for the U18/U21 athletes to get a sneak peak at their future competition within BC. Any opportunity for the older athletes to be role models is a valuable one, and a race series like this builds a strong foundation for the future of racing in BC. We all learn a lot about how to race with this kind of exposure.”
Some quotes from our FIS racers:
“It was awesome being back with the team in a race environment! The races went pretty well, and it was fun to ski alongside the U16’s.”
— Julia Ross, U21, 3rd Place in GS competing as an out-of-town “alumni” WMSC athlete in town from her current role at The University of Maine as a Black Bear field hockey team athlete.
“This past race series was a pretty small race, but I found it to be a great learning experience. The smaller field made it feel like I really had a chance to put down a competitive run, and that encouraged me to ski some of the best races I’ve ever had. Knowing what you need to do before your race run makes everything so much easier; all that’s left is to execute your plan. Ski racing is as simple as that!”
— Lukas Forssander, U18 Racer and no longer a dark horse in GS according to his coaches!
The site for the 2022 FIS Junior World Championships, this race was great exposure for the racers born in 2001 or younger to get as much time and experience on the Pano race runs.
Day 1 GS
1st Sara Steil (WMSC), 2nd Talyn Lorimer (Sun Peaks), 3rd Jamie Robinson(Vernon)
1st Dylan Stevens (Grouse), 2rd Sam Fuller (WMSC), 3rd Milan Novak (WMSC)
Day 2 GS
1st Sara Steil (WMSC), 2nd Jamie Robinson (Vernon), 3rd Sienna Blaser (Apex)
1st Milan Novak (WMSC), 2nd Sam Fuller (WMSC), 3rd Felix Shorter (WMSC)
Day 3 SL
1st Sara Steil (WMSC), 2nd Megan Doiron (WMSC),3rd Talyn Lorimer (Sun Peaks)
1st Dylan Stevens (Grouse), 2nd Felix Shorter (WMSC), 3rd Sam Fuller (WMSC)
Day 4 SL
1st Sara Steil (WMSC), 2nd Jamie Robinson (Vernon), 3rd ERin Husken (WMSC)
1st Sam Fuller (WMSC), 2nd Sasha Gilbert (WMSC), Kaleb Barnum (Fernie)
Day 1 GS
1st – Makenna Lebsack (Pano) 1st – Sarah Shephard (Pano) 3rd – Anya Molesky (BAR)
4th – Julia Ross (Top WMSC)
1st – Gavin Donald (ABST) 2nd– Tait Jordan (BCST) 3rd – Gerrit Van Soest (BCST) 4th – Ryuji Gaman (Top WMSC)
Day 2 GS
1st – Makenna Lebsack (Pano) 2nd – Sarah Shephard (Pano) 3rd – Julia Ross (WMSC)
1st – Tait Jordan (BCST) 2nd – Gerrit Van Soest (BCST) 3rd – Ryuji Gaman (WMSC)
Day 3 SL
1st – Makenna Lebsack (Pano) 2nd – Anya Molesky (BAR), 3rd – Anna Hawkins (Pano)
5th – Alyssa Emery (Top WMSC)
1st – Nathan Romanin (BCST) 2nd – Tait Jordan (BCST) 3rd – Gavin Donald (ABST)
9th – Kosuke Akita (Top WMSC)
Day 4 SL
1st – Makenna Lebsack (Pano) 2nd – Anya Molesky (BAR) 3rd – Sarah Shephard (Pano)
5th – Julia Ross (Top WMSC)
1st – Nathan Romanin (BCST) 2nd – Tait Jordan (BCST) 3rd – Gerrit Van Soest (BCST) 7th – Ryuji Gaman (Top WMSC)
Winter really made us wait and many questioned if the U14’s Teck coast zone race, and important qualification race for the BC Winter Games, would ever happen…but Ullr showed up and with equal passion and vigour so did all our racers!
The DMNTC’s Ptarmigan played host to the first race of the season for 120 U14 racers from our coast zone. Racers from Grouse, Seymour, Cypress, Sasquatch (Hemlock), Mt.Washington and Whistler’s WMSC competed in 4 events over January 11-12. As the snow pack and and terrain was too limited for a full GS race, the organizing committee elected to run 2 one-run slalom and panelled slalom races.
An army of parents gained valuable hands-on official race experience, but more importantly had fun and executed a fair race for all. Sarah Strother acting in her first time role as Chief of Race said “…I know we had a lot of parent volunteers come out for this race. It was terrific to see so many U14 families participating”. Thank you to our volunteers. Congratulations to all our racers!
Saturday 11th January: 2 one run Slalom
Ladies: 1st-Stella Buchheister (Whistler), 2nd-Brooke Irish (Grouse), 3rd-Vanessa Young (Whistler)
Mens: 1st-Thomas Hung (Grouse), 2nd-Nick Kokot (Seymour), 3rd-Thomas Legg (Whistler),
Ladies: 1st-Vanessa Young (Whistler), 2nd Brooke Irish (Grouse), 3rd-Olivia Imregi (Whistler)
Mens: 1st Thomas Hung (Grouse), 2nd Pearce Manning Avini (Grouse), 3rd Nick Kokot (Seymour)
Sunday 12th January: 2 one run Panelled Slalom
Ladies: 1st-Stella Buchheister (Whistler), 2nd-Carys Griffin (Whistler), Brooke Irish (Grouse)
Mens: 1st-Thomas Hung (Grouse), 2nd-Thomas Legg (Whistler), 3rd-Braden Aitken (Whistler)
Ladies: 1st-Stella Buchheister (Whistler), 2nd-Lola Gilbert (Whistler) 3rd-Brooke Irish (Grouse)
Mens: 1st-Thomas Hung (Grouse), 2nd-Thomas Legg (Whistler), 3rd-Braden Aitken (Whistler)