News and Announcements
Hello again all,
As the situation with the Corona virus continues to escalate, the ramifications on daily life are increasingly affected as well as obviously on ski racing.
Races have continued to be cancelled with the cancellation last night of the remaining World Cup on the calendar in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Alpine Canada Alpine and their provincial partners have recommended cancelling all domestic events for the remainder of the season.
In light of the rapidly evolving and clearly deteriorating COVID-19 situation and following on today’s recommendation from Alpine Canada, the Whistler Cup organizing committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Whistler Cup-.
We appreciate that this is an enormous disappointment to not only our athletes, the coaches, volunteers and the sponsors and partners, but the hundreds of others who travel here from across the country and around the world.
Obviously due to these recommendations, there has been a spate of further cancellations today with the early termination of U16 Nationals, cancellation of all remaining FIS races, U14 provincials and the Sun Peaks Festival, so it is affecting every athlete and family in our sport.
At present we will move ahead with our weekend training as planned, and will be assessing the situation and viability of a club race series at home for our athletes over the next weeks.
The coaches will be keeping everyone informed of programs moving forwards through their updates and calendars. Our goal for the foreseeable future is to stay focused on our technical and tactical ski development.
We will keep activities in the outdoors, not only to limit any risks of infection, but also to take advantage of the snow conditions and the spring weather. Therefore coaches will be recommending bringing packed lunches to eat outdoors.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
O2E Brands Whistler Cup 2020 Update
(Whistler, BC) – In light of rapidly evolving and clearly deteriorating COVID-19 situation and following on today’s recommendation from Alpine Canada to cancel races for the remainder of the ski season, the Whistler Cup Organizing Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Whistler Cup.
Jim McGovern, Chair of Whistler Cup said “The legacy of Whistler Cup is something that all WMSC members, athletes and alumni proudly cherish, so this was an incredibly difficult decision for us, but the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, parents, volunteers, sponsors and our community is our first priority. While the COVID-19 risk in Canada is presently low, we felt there was enough uncertainty surrounding what the COVID-19 situation will be in mid-April that out of prudence we should cancel this year’s event. In addition, the international scope of the event dictated that we make this decision now to allow participants to adjust plans accordingly.”
The O2E Brands Whistler Cup is a truly international U16 & U14 alpine ski racing event with teams from over 20 countries attending each year. Planning is now underway for the 2021 Whistler Cup, and we are pleased to announce that our title sponsor O2E Brands is excited to renew its commitment for 2021.
For further Information Contact:
Whistler Cup Administrator
The document WCup_News_Release_-_Final.pdf was attached to this post.
After three solid days of racing slalom at Grouse, the BC FIS tour put wheels to pavement again and headed for Whistler. It was here that the turns got a bit bigger, the skis a little longer, and the speeds a lot faster.
Many thought it couldn’t be done, a speed series in Whistler. Forecasts were cross referenced with each other on a regular basis in attempts to predict Mother Nature’s future behaviour and how the race schedule would play out. With some foresight, a little luck, and good old fashioned elbow grease, the volunteers, coaches and athletes collectively executed four GS, four SG, and four DH races, complete with four DH training runs. Not to mention an epic day of powder skiing sprinkled somewhere in the middle!
Although it was all business on the Dave Murray Training Centre for the races, it was refreshing to see competitors put down their gauntlets and shred the mountain together. Exploring the mountain and being playful on their skis with friends was an inspiring and energizing way to use the weather-induced day off from racing. Either through race-induced excitement, peaking over the crest of snow covered cliffs, or drawing lines through powder-filled trees, adrenaline could be found coursing through veins.
The fun wasn’t strictly reserved for the mountain either. Parents and volunteers hosted the BC FIS tour for a buffet dinner at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club clubhouse, complete with homemade gelato for dessert. Many thanks to the generosity and efforts to feed so many hungry, active teenagers and course crew.
Brendan Moss, reflecting on his experience, commented on the shared effort of the race personnel to execute fair, safe and challenging races: “I felt that racing at home gave us as a team the confidence we needed to be aggressive, and attack on the hill we have skied countless times. It was also great seeing all the volunteers working hard to get the races off, with a smile on their face each and every day no matter the weather.”.
For some, the weather was of particular concern for this event. Whistler has been known for some variable conditions, and weather can have a massive influence on the conditions of speed environments. Overall, Whistler served up a smorgasbord of goods: sun, snow, fog. If you can name it, we probably experienced it. Gemma Bexton recalls that “this race series was a bit of everything; we got all different kinds of courses and weather. The varying conditions kept things interesting and made for some tough battles. My runs didn’t always feel great, but when I made a plan, fought hard, and kept charging no matter what I was able to perform well.”. Gemma, a Whistler Mountain Ski Club athlete, was “stoked” on her first FIS GS podium.
This past race series was a feat of endurance. From February 29th to March 7th the athletes prepared their minds, bodies and equipment for optimal performance. The amount of energy invested in a single run can be exhaustive, both physically and mentally, with speed events potentially adding a heightened demand on an individual’s resources simply due to relative novelty. Athletes were required to not only manage themselves during the day, but to be prepared and proactive in their selfcare for subsequent days as well. Alexander Katrusiak, who noted having a breakthrough in his skiing this past series, emphasized that “this week I really learned the importance of recovery. The only way I was able to get up there and push every day was if I spent the time to do my recovery.”.
The Women’s first GS podium was topped by Cyndie Timmermann, with Gemma Bexton in second place to her left, and Emma Carmichael to her right in third. The Men’s podium was topped by Nathan Romanin of the BCST, with teammate Marcus Athans in second, and Konstantin Petkovic in third.
The second Men’s GS was swept by BCST athletes Nathan Romanin (1st), Tait Jordan (2nd) and Marcus Athans (3rd). Kiara Alexander (1st) and Cyndie Timmermann (2nd) of Alberta, and Gemma Bexton (3rd) took the top spots in the Women’s second GS.
Kiara Alexander continued with her success this series by topping the podium in both SG races. Nellie Muldrew took third and second place, respectively, with Jessie Ferguson completing the podium in second and third place.
Gavin Donald (1st), Logan Dunn (2nd) and Marcus Athans (3rd) set the pace in the first Men’s SG, with Devin Mittertreiner (1st), Caeden Carruthers (2nd) and Gavin Donald (3rd) stepping up in the second SG race.
Soleil Patterson set the pace in both DH races, crossing the finish line in a time that would remain untouched by the other competitors. Jessie Ferguson and Nellie Muldrew, coming second and third in both DH races respectively, were left nipping at Ms. Patterson’s heals.
Logan Dunn, followed by Daniel Harrison (2nd) and Nathan Romanin (3rd), topped the podium in the first DH. He had to share his spot in the golden light with Nathan Romanin in a first-place tie in the second race, and Danial Harrison claiming second.
For more results, follow the link here.
As you are all aware the World Health organization has now declared COVID-19 as Pandemic.
We are closely following the updates from the World Health Organisation, the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) and the BC Government. PHAC have assessed that the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly.
We are also in conversation with BC Alpine, Alpine Canada and race organising committees regarding upcoming events and strategies and will keep you informed of any decisions. As I am sure that many of you are aware that Alpine & Para-Alpine World Cups, European Cup finals and World Junior Championships have all been impacted by cancelations leading to many questions regarding all other events. There are assessments on ongoing developments and decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.
In the meantime, for training at home and the current trips / events that are happening we encourage the utmost of diligence in hygiene as per the PHAC guidelines. The basics being:
Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- when coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
If you do have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, or believe that you or any of the family may have been exposed to an infected person, please err on the side of caution and do not attend any training sessions. It is absolutely critical that you do not attend any trips or events and follow the PHAC advice on self-isolation.
Additionally, we will be adding additional hand sanitizing facilities at the club cabin, and the coaches will ensure that all fitness equipment is wiped down after use. Please help to ensure that this is maintained at all times.
The Whistler Mountain Ski Club coaching staff and admin have been briefed on the Club’s hand-washing exposure and waste disposal strategies.
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
U14 Provincials | Telus Winetastic | Bursaries | Grouse Training
U14 Provincials – Registration deadline – March 6th
Grouse Mountain will be hosting the U14 Provincials on the weekend of March 14-15th. All athletes must register before tomorrow, March 6th at midnight. Please note that the event has a fixed registration price that includes all three days of racing.
To register, visit www.wmsc.info | Programs | U14 Program | Races Sign Up.
Telus Winetastic event – March 6-7th – Fairmont
The 27th annual Telus Winter Classic hosted by Whistler Blackcomb is arriving fast! The “Imagine 2120” gala and Whistler Winetastic will take place this weekend, and we encourage each of you to participate! The action-packed weekend features fun filled ski events, wine, beer and food galore, live and silent auctions and fabulous entertainment.
U12-U21 Grouse Night Training | Last session March 10th
Our final Tuesday night Grouse training session will be held on March 10th.
To register, please visit our web page at www.wmsc.info. Under our Program menu, select your appropriate Program by age category, select Grouse|Extra Days and click “Sign Up”.
Please remember to complete your registration by Sunday, March 8th at midnight.
We are happy to be inviting applications to the following bursaries:
The Rob Boyd Bursary (Deadline March 15th)
The Dave Murray Bursary (Deadline March 31st)
The Jordan Schick Bursary (Deadline March 31st)
All applications can be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the bursaries listed above, please visit our website.