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Congratulations to Mollie Jepsen, the Para Alpine breakout star who is receiving the award for Best Female Athlete at the Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards for her remarkable achievements in PyeongChang.

“It is a huge honour to be recognized with this award from the Canadian Paralympic Committee. I was thrilled to represent Canada at the Games and compete alongside so many amazing athletes. I will never forget listening to the Canadian anthem on the podium with a gold medal around my neck.”- Mollie Jepsen

Passing of Mauro Detassis

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Oct 27, 2018 7:53PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mauro Detassis who had been an incredible proponent of FIS children’s skiing http://www.fis-ski.com/news-multimedia/news/article=passing-mauro-detassis.html

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While we are all aware of the dangers presented by head injuries, as well as whiplash-type injuries that may also result in concussions, our understanding of and protocols for potential concussion injuries is continually evolving.

Alpine Canada has recently adopted an extensive and comprehensive Concussion Protocol for ski clubs which covers the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who may sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to skiing safely. WMSC is implementing this Protocol for the upcoming season.

The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol includes the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 developed by Parachute Canada http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/documents/198384 and our coaching staff are trained to use this Tool as part of the Club’s Emergency Action Plan. However, it is important to note that our coaches are not certified to make medical assessments of concussion injuries, and the Club will follow the Alpine Canada Return to Sport protocol (including requiring a clearance letter from a health professional prior to returning to training).

The Alpine Canada Concussion Protocol states that “current evidence does not support the use of baseline concussion testing” for youth athletes. Parents/Athletes who wish to utilize baseline testing are recommended to consult with their health professionals.

Further information can be fount at: http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/concussion.

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Another Successful Ski Swap

Posted by Whistler Mountain Ski Club at Oct 15, 2018 4:14PM PDT

I would like to thank all of you for your incredible efforts to bring together the 2018 Whistler Swap. The Swap has been the largest fund raiser for the ski club for the past decade and it is not possible without the dedication and support of our amazing ski club. I do not wish to miss out on anyone, but would like to extend a special thanks to Abbie for the efforts to recruit and organize the over 100 volunteers, Michelle who has taken the lead role on check in and check out of the equipment, Ian our magical IT specialist, Maria for making sure our “care packages” were ready on site and finally the parents, children and ski coaches that made the effort to help out. Steve Fleckenstein has organized to coordinate the left over and abandoned skis to be donated to the Alberta Handicap Ski Association, this is a god send as we do not have a home for these skis at the end of the sale. Thank-you Steve for undertaking this important role. I’d also like to thank Whistler Blackcomb and their team of staff that made our jobs so much easier.

The Club can take great pride in knowing it was the vision of the WMSC to create the first swap at the Myrtle Philip School over 30 years ago, we then moved to the Convention Center for years and moved at the invitation of Whistler Blackcomb to the Tents over a decade ago. A proud history that spans over 30 years.

I would like to Thank everyone again, it has been a pleasure to be part of the Swap Team for the past 10 years and an honor to be the Swap Manager for the past 7 years.

All the best,

Dan Jepsen

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On Saturday, September 29, 2018, in conjunction with its Annual General Meeting & Member Summit in Kelowna, BC Alpine recognized some amazing individuals who went above and beyond last season to make sure ski racing in BC was the best it could be!
A huge thank you to the staff and chefs at Kelowna’s Bohemian Cafe for hosting our biggest-ever group of about 95 guests! They outdid themselves again this year, the meal was outstanding and everyone had a great time.

Please follow this link for a full list of awards and photos http://bcalpine.com/news/article/2018Goldie-Award-Winners/

2018 Athlete Awards

Dave Murray Ski Foundation Bursary ($750)
Dylan Timm
Fernie Alpine Team

Dave Murray Ski Foundation Bursary ($750)
Charlotte Gibson
Prince George Ski Club

Bob Parsons’ Memorial Fund Bursary ($1,000)
Aaron Leaman
Okanagan Ski Team

Bob Parsons’ Memorial Fund Bursary ($1,000)
Freya Jumonville
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

Ski Canada Magazine Bursary ($1,000)
Heming Sola
Apex Ski Club

Cary Mullen Sportsmanship Award (Trophy)
Isabella Cross
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

2018 Coach Awards
Learn/Train to Train Coach of the Year
Samantha Fournier
Sun Peaks Alpine Club

U16 Coach of the Year
Nat Cohen
Fernie Alpine Ski Team

FIS Coach of the Year
Conrad Pridy
Whistler Mountain Ski Club

2018 Volunteer, Official and other awards
Coast Zone Volunteer/Official of the Year
Laura Harley
Whistler Mountain Ski Club