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Canadian SX Champs 2020

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Feb 20, 2020 11:16AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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In the frigid central Alberta temperature, the Canada Ski Cross Team competed in the Canadian National Championships at Canyon Ski Resort in Red Deer, AB.

Marielle Thompson put in a strong day of work to repeat as National Champ for the 7th time. On the men’s side Reece Howden Racing won the national championship after coming in 2nd at the race last year.

Congratulations to Emeline Bennet 1st U19 Women & Jack Morrow 2nd U19 Mens!

Podium Results

Women’s Ski Cross
1-Marielle Thompson (WMSC)
2-Brittany Phelan
3-Courtney Hoffos

Men’s Ski Cross
1-Reece Howden
2-Brady Leman
3-Kevin Drury

U19 Women
1-Emeline Bennett (WMSC)
2-Samantha Carter
3-Sage Stefani

U19 Men
1-Austin Boehm
2-Jack Morrow (WMSC)
3-Owen Green

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e-News | January 3, 2020

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Feb 20, 2020 11:14AM PST ( 0 Comments )

Level 2 Officials | Net Set | Race Season

Level 2 Officials Course – Last Chance!

It is your last chance to register for tomorrow’s Level 2 officials course. The course is scheduled for January 4th and 5th at noon each day. The course teaches how races are organized and provides the training needed for you to take on race organizing committee roles. To register or for more information please email Graham Ross at grahamross@wmsc.info.

Sunday Net Set Postponed

As a result of the weather and the on-going snow making, the net set originally scheduled for Sunday January 5th has now been postponed to Friday January 10th. Please meet at Garbo Hut at the top of Garbo Chair at 9:30 a.m. Please make sure to sign in so we can record your volunteer time. While it is a little more difficult for people to help out on weekdays, please make every effort to attend if your racer is in Whistler training. With many hands the job can be done in a few hours. Any questions or to confirm your attendance please email volunteers@wmsc.info.

Race Season is Here!

We have our first two race events coming up over the next two weekends – the U14 Coast Zone Teck Race on January 11th and 12th and the U12 Skills Event and Janyk Cup on January 18th and 19th. If you have racers in the event you are expected to volunteer each day that your athlete is racing. There are plenty of opportunities off hill and on hill. If you have not already done so, please email Abbie Milavsky at volunteers@wmsc.info. We will find a great spot for you! For U12 parents, please remember the mandatory meeting tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

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e-News | December 28, 2019

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Feb 20, 2020 11:12AM PST ( 0 Comments )

Nat Bosa Award | Level 2 Officials | WB Foundation Winter Classic

Cancellation of Club Races

Due to the unfortunate lack of snow, we will be cancelling the Club Races originally scheduled for tomorrow, December 29 and Monday, December 30. We are looking at alternative dates to reschedule them in the near future. Stay tuned!

Team Photos – Tomorrow, December 29

Friendly reminder that the team photos will take place tomorrow for all age groups. Please come wearing the team jacket, team puffy or clothing with the WMSC logo!

Level 2 Officials Course – January 4th & 5th

Level 2 is a detailed introduction to the methodology of alpine ski racing. It covers the types of races, ski competition rules (ICR), points systems and the responsibilities of the key organizational roles; chief of race administration, chief of timing, chief of gates judges, chief of course, chief of race, start referee, finish referee and referee.

The prerequisites are Level 1 plus at least 8 days of race volunteering experience in at least 2 different areas (for example 5 days course and 3 days manual timing).

There is a one hour exam open book at the end of the course.

If you have any questions, please email Graham Ross at grahamross@wmsc.info.

Nat Bosa Award

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 January. Awards are announced in February 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 January 31.

e-News | December 20, 2019

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Feb 20, 2020 11:09AM PST ( 0 Comments )
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Aiming for the podium | Host Family | Officials Level 2 Course

Fundraiser Aiming for the Podium 2.0

Aiming for the Podium 2.0 is coming up on December 27th to Buffalo Bills. Please come out and support Alpine Canada’s Men’s Alpine EC/WC team for 2020. Six of the youngest members of the team are WMSC alumni and we will be celebrating their amazing start to the 2019/2020 season in both Nor-Am and World Cup races while raising money towards their training and racing program. Full details below.

Looking for a Host Family

We are looking for a family who would be interested in hosting an international racer and member of our club, who is participating in an exchange program with the Sea to Sky School District, attending Whistler Secondary High School.

The racer, originally from Germany, is currently spending the holidays in her home country and would very much love to continue her international program and come back to Whistler until the end of June 2020.

The starting date would be around mid January, short before the start of the second semester of the current school year, and the host family receives a monthly compensation.

If you are interested, knows someone who may be, or have any questions, please contact: marktilston@wmsc.info.

Officials Course Level 2 – New Dates: January 4th and 5th

Level 2 is a detailed introduction to the methodology of alpine ski racing. It covers the types of races, ski competition rules (ICR), points systems and the responsibilities of the key organizational roles; chief of race administration, chief of timing, chief of gates judges, chief of course, chief of race, start referee, finish referee and referee.

The prerequisites are Level 1 plus at least 8 days of race volunteering experience in at least 2 different areas (for example 5 days course and 3 days manual timing).

There is a one hour exam open book at the end of the course.

If you have any questions, please email Graham Ross at grahamross@wmsc.info.

Grouse training – Tuesday nights

Over the past 4 season we have run Slalom training Tuesday evenings on Grouse Mountain for U12, U14 and U16 athletes.
Sessions will run from Early January to Mid March, with our first session starting January 7th (weather & snow permitting).

Athletes meet coaches at the base of the tram at 4:00 and upload by 4:30, downloading at 8:00 ready for pickup between 8:15 and 8:30.

Grouse night sessions provide a great opportunity for our WMSC members located in the Vancouver area to get some extra time on snow when it can be difficult to make it to Whistler for Extended and Core Plus training. Additionally the short turnaround at grouse caters to a great environment for work on our Slalom technical and tactical skills. Often we work in with Grouse and share environments building connections across the age categories.

Costs for Grouse Night training will vary based on age categories and if you have a Y2Play pass.
The cost for U12 and U14 will be $47.50 with a Y2Play pass and 60$ without the Y2Play pass. For U16 the cost will be $50.00 with the Y2Play pass and $71.00 without the Y2Play pass.

Tickets will be posted for Registration once conditions are permitting.

Ski Cosmos : Carve Year Round

There is a new opportunity to refine technical skiing and develop ski specific fitness on ski simulators.

Ski Cosmos is now open in North Vancouver and they have 2 simulators and additional movement / fitness facilities. We will be looking at being able to hold sessions there in the future, however in the meantime Ski Cosmos: have offered a 10% discount for WMSC Members by entering the promo code WMSCPROMO.

The simulators are made by Skytechsport and are used most notably by the US Ski Team who have one in their Park City training centre.

Some of our coaches have been down to try it, and they all felt that it is an excellent opportunity for athletes (and parents) to work on their skiing and fitness. Here are a few of their comments:

  • 250 turns each 20-minute session (equivalent of 4-5 consecutive full length SL runs, 6 consecutive full length GS runs, each typically taking 2 hours to complete)
  • Fixed Stance on Machine is a very effective way to make technical changes to body position and movement in perfect conditions
  • Fitness associated with doing such a high volume of turns in a row is not only great general strength and stamina training, but also directly related to muscles and movement patterns involved in skiing (impossible to train outside of actual skiing)
  • Can be utilized as complimentary ski-specific training in the Winter or as a way to keep the ski legs turning all Summer long
  • Adaptable terrain – moguls and different snow types that vary the tempo and feeling accordingly.

Visit www.skicosmos.com and www.skytechsport.com for more details!

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Nancy Greene played an instrumental role in starting the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club and in supporting the Canadian juvenile 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 both 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 the Clubs and some of the athletes over the years.

To recognize the tremendous contributions of Nancy and Nat in support of ski racing at the Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Club and in the Whistler Valley and as a consequence of our two Clubs coming together, the Directors of 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 ski racing members of the Club. To qualify an athlete must be an active racing member in a Club program (FIS, U16, U14, U12), BC Team or National Team. A committee has been set up to administer the program and athletes should submit their requests, in confidence, by the end of January. Awards are announced in February and funds applied to your racer account.

Considerations for Awards
The Awards committee reviews all submissions and disburses funds to the athletes accounts based on the following criteria:

  • Perceived Financial Need
  • Costs of specific program
  • Character of the athlete and skill level
  • Parental Volunteerism

Please apply by email at bursaries@wmsc.info.