News and Announcements
On behalf of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Whistler Cup Organizing Committee, I would like to welcome the visiting teams, families and volunteers arriving from across Canada and 20 countries. These athletes will compete on Whistler’s Dave Murray Training Centre for the coveted Whistler Cup trophy and a place on the podium that will be located in the Skiers Plaza. You will spot them on the hill, around town, and in a parade wearing their iconic Whistler Cup jackets that they will take home to share Whistler’s name around the globe.
Whistler Cup was the vision of three local alpine ski-racing enthusiasts who believed that Whistler could host a celebrated, international junior racing event just like the prestigious races that are famous in Europe. ¬Fast-forward to this April 11th to 14th, when over 420 athletes and their coaches will journey to Whistler Blackcomb to race and celebrate the 27th running of the Whistler Cup.
Several Whistler Cup winners have gone on to become World Cup, Olympic and Paralympic champions, such as Lindsey Vonn, Marcel Hirscher, Tina Maze, Mikaela Shiffrin, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Erik Read and Mollie Jepsen. For other young athletes, the Cup provides a single chance to participate in a large, international ski race, enabling them to meet and go on to form lasting relationships through sport.
The Whistler Mountain Ski Club is proud of not only running this marquee event for 27 years, but for also being an innovator in International Children’s alpine racing. Two years ago, we introduced the first ever Alpine Team Event in international children’s racing and we are excited to include it in the U14 program this year.¬ The race was a huge success, as the athletes, coaches and spectators loved the comraderie that head to head racing brought on.
Raven and Ptarmigan will once again be where the Super G, GS and SL events will be held. For those that want to see the potential future speed demons of the world, the Super G on Thurs, April 11 is the place to be. We invite everyone to come out over April 11th¬to 14th, and watch the action on either the Raven and Ptarmigan runs or on the Upper Dave Murray Downhill run on Whistler Mountain with your flags, cowbells, and enthusiasm to cheer on the athletes for a great race.
Good luck and great racing to all athletes!
Whistler Cup Race Chair
The Whistler Mountain Ski Club members, staff and alumni are incredibly excited to welcome the teams from across the world to compete for the Whistler Cup for the 27th year.
As in previous years our U16 FIS children’s event will see some of the best U16 athletes from over 20 Nations battle it out to see which country will win the Whistler Cup.
Meanwhile the U14 festival will provide the younger athletes from across the country and the world a chance to compete on an International stage and gain valuable experience in a terrific festival environment.
This year has again seen many athletes who have competed at the Whistler Cup, and in April we will get an insight as to who some of the future champions could be.
We are enormously grateful to the terrific sponsors that support the Whistler Cup and make it possible for us to deliver the events both on snow and in the village that the athletes will remember and cherish for many years to come.
Whistler Blackcomb and the Dave Murray National Training Centre, sponsored by Wheaton Precious metals provide us with an outstanding facility to race on and will ensure that we have the best conditions possible for the athletes to perform their best.
We also cannot say thank you enough to the volunteers that work tirelessly, from many weeks before the event, until long after the last race to make the best experience possible for our visiting teams, support staff, sponsors, parents and supporters.
Welcome to Whistler!
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Teamship Values – Excellence in Reputation
Whistler Cup is an enormous opportunity for us to share our love and passion for our sport and all that it stands for with the hundreds of athletes, parents, volunteers and sponsors who come to town, and it is therefore an occasion to reflect on Excellence in Reputation.
As much as we always strive to be ambassadors for ourselves, our team, our community and our sport, when we are at home the way that we carry ourselves is much of what people take away, and the foundation of our individual and collective reputations. At the same time, end of season energy levels are starting to wane while tensions, emotions and expectations are running high. It is therefore imperative that we stay focused on who we are, and what we stand for: first the person, then the athlete, then the skier and then the ski racer.
We Excel in Reputation: Our reputation determines how we are perceived by supporters and opponents alike. We work hard to maintain our reputation for being professional, well-organized, and highly disciplined.
• We are ambassadors: We uphold the reputation of the WMSC at all times and are outstanding ambassadors for skiing, the community and the country that we represent. We recognize that as a team we need to always display a united front.
Regardless of individual performance or stresses, we must stay strong, manage our emotions and think about the collective goals that we are all working towards in the knowledge that it is the strength of the team and having that team behind us that will give us the strength for the long run to reach our individual & collective goals.
• We are role models: We act as a role models at all times because we know that our actions and comments affect the reputation and morale of the Club.
Not only the words that we say, but also the way that we say them and the body language that we use tells an enormous amount about our attitude. There are always things that we and other can do better and focusing on solutions and staying the course will move us towards the excellence that we strive for.
• We are positive: We always maintain positive attitudes in what we do and in reflection of others to maintain our culture of excellence.
It is always easy to criticize oneself and others, and to point out faults; however the real value is to be able to identify and cherish what we can improve, and accept that the areas of improvement are the opportunity to develop and excel.
• We are proud and accountable: We always take pride in, and complete ownership of, our individual and collective actions and appearance.
In our Club and our sport there are many pieces that come together to form our reputation. As we make a strong effort to present ourselves as the person that we want to be, wear our uniforms with pride and keep our clubhouse, race venue and equipment tidy & organised strengthens our professional reputation.
• We are supportive and thankful: We go out of our way to support our team-mates and the community that sustains us. We go out of our way to thank those who help, encourage and support us.
Our team, Club, community and sport rely completely on our collective endeavours to support each other. The effort that all athletes, parents, volunteers & staff make goes way above and beyond. It takes so little to put our own challenges aside to say thank you, but it goes a long way.
It is an honour to be a part of this team and to be associated with so many great people who continually strive for Excellence in Reputation.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Another amazing club GS race was held under bluebird skies on March 31st – thank you to all the athletes, coaches and parents who came out!
Graham Ross’ photos of the race can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCxxi2o and results: http://wmsc.info/organizations/3850/documents/207286