News and Announcements
Nancy Greene Skills Event – January 18, 2020
A perfect winter day with heavy snow and blustery winds kept everyone busy getting ready for the day’s events! Volunteers were on the hill early working hard prepping the courses for over 140 racers from WMSC, Cypress Ski Club, Mount Seymour Ski Club and the Grouse Mountain Tyee ski club for three races – the start and skate, dual glalom, and the tuck, turn and skate. For the first time at this event, the overall results for boys and girls were combined, so it was a tough battle for medals and ribbons for the top ten!
In the dual glalom, Kingsley Parkhill from WMSC took the top honours for the 2008 division, teammate Dominic Reid took 3rd overall, while Mark Shapovalov of Grouse Tyee placed 2nd. Top girls were Maika Lennox in 5th overall and Sophie Neeves in 6th. For the 2009 category, Marko Plavsic from Tyee took 1st overall, with Grouse teammates Nathanial Hung and Burton Li rounding out the overall podium and Maggie Cormack from WMSC as top girl.
In the start and skate, Tyee took the two top spots on the 2008 overall podium with Mark Shapovalov in 1st, place, Smith Irish in 2nd and Maika Lennox-King from WMSC rounding out the podium in 3rd overall and fastest female. The 2009 category had Marko Plavsic (Tyee) repeating in 1st place overall, with teammate Nathanial Hung in 2nd and fast girl Sarah Fell from Cypress in 3rd.
The tuck and skate was an exciting event that combined guts, tactics and determination. The 2008 overall podium was topped by Kai Lund of Grouse Tyee, WMSC Dreas Gibbons in 2nd and Kingsley Parkhill in 3rd. Maika Lennox-King was again the top 2008 girl. The 2009 Tyee athletes were again in the hunt with Marko Plavsic in 1st overall, with Nathanial Hung in 3rd and Luka Buchheister from WMSC in 2rd. Ruby Cook from WMSC found her bullet and was the top 2009 girl.
“I think the weekend was great!” says head coach of the WMSC U12 program Matt Leduc. “The weather challenged us a bit but athletes were excited to get out there and show off the work they have put in so far this season. I’m looking forward to training a very motivated bunch in the upcoming weeks.” ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Janyk Cup – January 19, 2020
WMSC tops the podium this year in the Janyk Cup! Balmy temperatures and sticky snow set the stage for Sunday’s third annual Janyk Cup hosted by WMSC. Just over 70 athletes from Cypress, Seymour, Grouse and WMSC participated in two one-run giant slalom races and a dual “glalom” event.
The overall Janyk Cup winners were determined by the fastest combined time of both GS races. Hannah Neeves and Kingsley Parkhill from WMSC dominated both races and took home the Janyk Cup trophy, named after long-time WMSC volunteer, Andree Janyk.
In the first of the two GS races, in the 2008 age category Kingsley Parkhill won, with teammates Dreas Gibbons in 2nd and Marek Novak taking 3rd. In the second race, Kingsley Parkhill and Dreas Gibbons repeated in 1st and 2nd place, with Graydyn Swanson from WMSC taking 3rd. In both races for the 2009 age category, Luka Buchheister, a new WMSC athlete from Colorado proved that he fits right in by placing 1st, with Francesco Hawkey from RDP in 2nd and Blake Thornhill, WMSC in 3rd.
In both GS races for the 2008 girls, WMSC’s Hannah Neeves took the top spot with Sophie Neeves in 2nd and Alexa Ferguson in 3rd. In the first GS race the 2009 girls podium was topped by Sarah Fell from Cypress, with WMSC girls Maggie Cormack in 2nd and Maia Harriman following in 3rd. Sarah Fell was the repeat winner in the second race, with Tua Paget of RDP in 2nd and Maggie Cormack in 3rd.
The dual glalom 2008 girls saw Hannah Neeves again take home top prize while sister Sophie Neeves won 2nd and Maika Lennox-King 3rd. Sarah Fell repeated as the 2009 girls winner, with Tua Paget in 2nd and Maggie Cormack in 3rd.
The 2008 boys dual glalom was won by Kingsley Parkhill, with Dominic Reid in 2nd and Dreas Gibbons taking 3rd place. 2009 boys had Luka Buchheister repeating in 1st place followed by Beau Morgan from Seymour and Dylan Alexander Boyes from Cypress.
WMSC U12 Head coach Matt Leduc said “We had a great race day Sunday! It was nice to see our many athletes compete in a true race environment. For many it was their first exposure to this kind of race and I was so happy with how the group handled themselves.”
January 17, 2020
On behalf of the WMSC Board of Directors, I am pleased to provide an update on a number of exciting developments in the Club’s Coaches Cabin project.
A key to the development of WMSC’s world-class ski racing reputation has been our ability to attract and employ elite coaching staff, allowing WMSC to offer the highest calibre of racing development environments for our athletes. A growing issue the Club is facing is the ability of our coaching staff to secure accommodation in Whistler’s ongoing tight rental accommodation market. The WMSC Board has identified this issue as a long-term strategic priority for the Club.
Proposed New Coaches’ Cabin
In order to address our coaches’ rental accommodation issue, the Club has been working towards the establishment of a Coaches’ Cabin to be constructed on the Club’s Creekside property adjacent to the Club Cabin. The proposed Coaches’ Cabin is envisioned to house eight coaches (with additional scalability), and is to be funded solely from donations, grants and long-term financing serviced by rental income. In the off-season the proposed Coaches’ Cabin could also be used to house other Whistler employees, targeted to coaches of other youth-oriented athletic disciplines. A detailed presentation on our Project is available here.
Completion of Coaches Cabin Rezoning Expected in Q1 2020
For over 3 years now, a committed group of Club Members have been working to get the Club’s property re-zoned, to allow the establishment of the Coaches Cabin. Finally, in 2019 the project received Preliminary Re-zoning Approval from the RMOW. Since then we have been working to move the project through the Municipality’s Planning Department process and expect our Re-Zoning By-law to come before Council in the 1st Quarter of 2020. We also pleased to see our project endorsed in Mayor Jack Crompton’s 2020 New Year’s Message.
Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Commitment
Along with the expected completion of the Coaches Cabin project’s rezoning process, we are thrilled to announce the commitment of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation as our “Legacy Partner” in the new Coaches’ Cabin. To launch the WMSC Coaches Cabin Capital Campaign, Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has committed $300,000 in matching funds for the project.
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. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is hosting its 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! We encourage all our stakeholders to join in supporting the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
For more details and to enter a team and/or purchase tickets, please clink on the links below:
Register a TEAM and/or Purchase extra team tickets
With the achievement of these key project milestones, in 2020 the Club is now in a position to commence its WMSC Coaches Cabin Capital Campaign targeting to raise the estimated $1.6 million required to complete construction and make this legacy project a reality for the benefit of the future generations of WMSC racers to come. For more information on getting involved in this campaign contact .
On Behalf of the Board
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
Whistler Cup organizers are pleased to announce O2E Brands as new Title Sponsor of the renowned international youth ski race taking place in Whistler, BC, April 16 to 19, 2020.
“On behalf of the Whistler Cup Organizing Committee and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club we are extremely excited to announce our new Title Sponsor O2E Brands, said Jim McGovern, Chair of the Whistler Cup. “Their major financial contribution to the event will ensure the continued success of one of, if not the largest, youth ski races in the world. “This year, celebrating our 28th anniversary, we will welcome over 400 racers from around the world to compete for the coveted Whistler Cup on the famed Dave Murray National Training Center. This annual event is critical to the development of alpine ski racing in Canada, as every year young Canadian racers witness and race against the best in the world in their age groups.”
“I was incredibly inspired by WMSC’s philosophy of "Developing Champions in Life and Sport,” said Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK and O2E Brands. “As a parent volunteer at last year’s Whistler Cup, I was in awe of the difference that this sport is making in the developing lives of young athletes from around the world. I wanted to be a part of that and so O2E Brands sponsorship (where we make the ordinary business of home services exceptional) was a no brainer.”
The Whistler Cup was created by Max Meier, the parent of a young Whistler ski racer. He and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club Program Director at the time, Joze Sparovec, were inspired to bring an international juvenile ski race to Canada. With the help of the third founder, Jim Yeates, the inaugural Whistler Cup was held in 1993 and has grown in stature and influence. This year’s race celebrates 28 years of successful international ski racing at Whistler Blackcomb.
The Whistler Cup has a long track record of showcasing future stars. Former participants include the USA’s Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, Slovenia’s Tina Maze, and Austrian champions Anna Veith (Fenninger) and Marcel Hirscher. 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.
Brian Scudamore is the serial entrepreneur behind O2E Brands, the umbrella company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and Shack Shine.
O2E Brands was unveiled in 2014 to amalgamate Scudamore’s three home-service brands. O2E stands for “ordinary to exceptional” because each service focuses on providing excellent customer service in traditional industries. Each brand offers uniformed employees, up-front pricing, and clean, shiny trucks.
For more information, please contact:
Whistler Mountain Ski Club on behalf of Whistler Cup
Janice Avon, Media contact
Senior Manager, Communications & Events
Calgary, AB (January 18th, 2020) – It’s the longest race on the World Cup circuit. This morning the Canadian Alpine Ski Team took their turn on the iconic Lauberhorn Downhill in Wengen, Switzerland. Cam Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) had a career best 19th place finish, moving up 23 places after starting in 42nd spot.
This was an exciting day for Alexander, who has been on the team since 2018, as he earns his first World Cup points in his first World Cup race in Wengen: “It feels really good to go out today and grab my first world cup points. Its definitely a real confidence boost going into the rest of the season and I can’t wait to try and keep it rolling next week in Kitzbühel” said Alexander.
Ben Thomsen (Invermere, BC), who is coming off a 12th place finish in Bormio, finished in 28th.
The race was a big rebound for Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON), Jeff Read (Canmore, AB) and Sam Mulligan (Vancouver, BC) who did not finish the alpine combined yesterday. Crawford finished in 38th and was just over two seconds back from leader Beat Feuz (SUI). Read finished in 48th, his best finish on the course. Mulligan, who finished in 54th, finished his first World Cup race since January 2018.
Tomorrow it’s the men’s tech teams’ chance to conquer Wengen for the slalom. The men’s speed team heads to the historic 2020 Hahnenkamm World Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners and donors, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community. In 2020, Alpine Canada will celebrate 100 years of rich tradition in competitive skiing in Canada.
Janyk Cup | Whistler Cup Social | Club Race
Calling all WMSC Parents – Volunteers needed this Sunday for the U12 Janyk Cup!
The U12 Janyk Cup is being held at Whistler this Sunday January 19th and we are looking for a few more volunteers to make this race run smoothly and safely. In particular we are in need of gate judges and 1 manual timer. If you are in Whistler, please consider helping the U12 race committee. It is a great opportunity to lend a hand to the club’s newest racers. Thank you to those U14 and U16 parents that have already answered the call for help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you are able to volunteer on Sunday.
Mark Your Calendars for a Club Wide Whistler Cup Social – Saturday February 15th
From April 16 – 19th, 2020 the Whistler Mountain Ski Club will welcome U14 and U16 athletes from around the world. This year marks the 28th anniversary of Whistler Cup! The event requires more than 300 volunteers from start to finish and involves most of our Whistler Mountain Ski Club parents. Please join the WMSC Board on Saturday February 15th at 4:00 p.m. for an initial kick-off to Whistler Cup. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about Whistler Cup and sign up early for the volunteer positions that interest you most. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Upcoming Club Race – Saturday January 25th
We now have enough snow and the window to get our first club race off next weekend. We will do both the paneled slalom and the team relay events in one day with the panelled slalom will be used to seed athletes into teams of mixed age groups and these teams will compete again at the end of the season.