News and Announcements
This past weekend the WMSC U12 team traveled to Grouse Mountain for their first and biggest away race of the season, competing for the coveted Tyee Cup. “Racing at Grouse Mountain provides a fun mix of challenging and flat terrain that tests each athletes ability to carry speed and then manage the steeps”, said Head Coach Mat Leduc. “The snow was a bit softer then we would have liked, but the course crew did a great job keeping it fair.”
The event ran over Saturday and Sunday, with 2 races each day. Four separate races: Giant Slalom, Kombi, Stubbies Slalom and Tall Gate Slalom.
Saturday, under a beautiful sunny sky, the first race was Giant Slalom with over 130 athletes competing. The women ran first and WMSC showed up strong and race ready, winning 6 of the top ten spots. Hannah Neeves was on the 2nd step, Maika Lennox-King in 3rd, Sophie Neevesn 4th, Alexa Ferguson 7th, Celeste Ciebien 9th and Anais Staniforth rounding out 10. Our men followed, winning the top 5 spots. Kingsley Parkhill edged out his teammate Dreas Gibbons, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively, and to sweep the podium, Liam Gottfried was 3rd. In 4th, Graydyn Swanson and Dominic Reid was 5th.
As the sun heated up and the snow softened the Kombi was next. The athletes had to review their tactical game plan for this tricky set and conditions. In the end 6 WMSC females were in the top 10. This time Alexa Ferguson set a blistering time finishing 1st. Ciebien was 2nd, Hannah Neeves 3rd, followed by her sister Sophie Neeves in 4th. Staniforth was 6th and Lennox-King rounded out in 9th place. The boys moved into the start gate and Graydyn Swanson finished 3rd, Reid was 4th, Declan Kirker finished 7th and in 10th place was Marek Novak.
Sunday with slightly cooler weather and overcast skies, racing continued. First up was Stubby Slalom. Again, a tactical plan was going to play a big role in the day. It paid off and Head Coach Mat Leduc commented on how all our athletes registered personal best skiing. Our females swept the podium. Ferguson and Ciebien again taking 1st and 2nd, followed by Sophie Neeves in 3rd. Hannah Neeves 4th and Lennox-King in 6th. The men won 7 of top 10! Dreas Gibbons was on point, taking the win, followed by Parkhill in 2nd. Swanson was 4th, Novak 5th, Gottfried 6th, Luka Buchheister finished 8th and Spencer
Wardle was 10th.
Going into the last race, the fog was rolling in. Re-focusing on the new Slalom tall gate course our coaches prepped and race readied the athletes. Hannah Neeves skied a clean race to 1st place. Her sister Sophie tied for 6th and Celeste Ciebien was 8th. With 72 boys to still race, WMSC powered through and swept the podium, and 6 of top 10! Parkhill finishing 1st, Novak 2nd, Swanson 3rd, Reid 6th, Gottfried 8th and Cory Kwan finished 10th.
At the end of 2 days, results were tallied and WMSC proudly brought the Tyee Cup back to Whistler winning both the female and male titles. Hannah Neeves won best female, beating her teammate Alexa Ferguson by 4 points. Kingsley Parkhill won the male title with the most points for the weekend. Head Coach Mat Leduc commented on how much the entire team has improved. “I had many comments on how well prepared and knowledgeable our athletes were. This is a credit to their
focus in training and at races this season.” I would say a credit to their amazing coaching too!
Well done U12 and congratulations!
The most recent event of the U14 Teck Zone race series was held last weekend, February 29 and March 1, at Cypress Mountain. Our team was greeted with sunshine and clear skies throughout the weekend, and soft-packed spring snow that made for an interesting race track.
On Saturday, the U14 of the Coast Zone raced a two-run combined time Slalom race, with Sunday’s GS race having a similar format.
U14 Lead Coach Henry Yeigh says, “Thanks to the Cypress Ski Club for hosting a successful TECK zone race this past weekend. The WMSC U14’s battled through conditions fighting through soft inconsistent snow that didn’t provide the greatest feel-good skiing experience, but this didn’t slow our athletes down! The perseverance, determination, and team spirit shown over the 2 days yielded some personal bests, showing what a great group of young people we have at the U14 level.”
Ladies: (1) Maeve Pretty, Grouse | (2) Erica Zander, Cypress | (3) Tessa Wang, Grouse
Men: (1) Thomas Legg, Whistler | (2) Thomas Hung, Grouse | (3) Joseph Gibbons, Whistler
Ladies: (1) Maeve Pretty, Grouse | (2) Tessa Wang, Grouse | (3) Vanessa Young, Whistler
Men: (1) Ihsan Salari, Cypress | (2) Joseph Gibbons, Whistler | (3) Thomas Legg, Whistler
For complete results, please click here.
Congratulations to all our U14 athletes who participated in the race, and thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen!
FIS BC Cup | Volunteers Needed
A few dates for your calendar!
It’s not too late! Plenty of openings for the FIS BC Cup GS, Super G and Parsons Memorial Downhill Race (February 29 – March 8) starting this Saturday, February 29
We are about to begin a long and exciting FIS race series on our Dave Murray National Training Centre and we still need lots of volunteers. We are in high need of course workers and slippers over the 8 day series. We also have plenty of other openings, especially during the week! Come on out and lend a hand to our FIS athletes for their one on only race series on their home mountain. Grab the opportunity to see GS, Super G and Downhill all in one race series. The races span two weekends and 4 week days so extra support from all our WMSC parents is needed.
Please email with your available dates for these FIS races!
Cypress Ski Club looking for Volunteers for the U14 Zone Race | February 29 and Mar 1
If you are able to help out at the U14 Coast Zone Race in Cypress, please sign up here.
Join us to wish luck to the WMSC U16 athletes attending Nationals | March 3 to 15
A group of 5 women and 6 men from WMSC wil be part of the 40 members of the Team BC at U16 National Championships taking place on March 3 to 15 in Sun Peaks. These athletes are:
Women: Meagan Doiron, Erin Husken, Laura Keogh, Ashley Perron and Sara Stiel
Men: Sasha Gilbert, Sam Fuller, Milan Novak, Duncan Ross, Felix Shorter and Jack Thomas
Congratulations to all of you and Good Luck!
Let’s help our Supporters! TELUS Winter Classic needs Volunteers! Saturday, March 7th 9:30 am to noon
It is a good opportunity to give back to our Grant donors. the TELUS Winter Classic team is looking for 3 adult (with group of kids) volunteers to help at their Race Classic on Saturday, February 7th.
- Set up and man refreshment table (table and refreshments supplied)
- Gather race bibs from participants
- Gather race participants for team photo
- Cheer and generally look cute (the kids)
- No skiing required
If you can help, please contact me directly at .
Dear WMSC community,
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation are an incredible organisation who support most good causes throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and they are incredibly important to the Whistler Mountain Ski Club and our community.
Not only did they donate $250,000 towards the construction of the Dave Murray National Training centre which provides us with a world class racing and training venue, but they also donated to the renovations that we have made to the fitness facilities in the clubhouse this year.
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation have also pledged fund matching for a new timing hut in the medium term future, and we are delighted that in the shorter term $300,000 as the Legacy partner in the construction of housing that we will be able to rent to our coaches.
The Telus Winter Classic on the Foundation’s primary fundraiser and it also happens to be a great couple of days! Therefore I would like to encourage anyone who would like to enter a team, or buy a ticket to the Winetastic event at the Fairmont, or the Gala at the Roundhouse where there are fantastic silent and live auction items to do so!
You can also contribute by donating Auction items using the attached Auction Donor Form.
Many thanks for your support of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the great causes that they support in return.
WHAT IS THE WHISTLER BLACKCOMB FOUNDATION?
The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts & culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and family programs. We are proud to share that the WB Foundation has raised over $14 million for Registered Sea to Sky Charities making it the largest fundraising organization in the area.
The TELUS Winter Classic is for you if you are a person that:
- Hungers for an amazing breakfast at the Fairmont Whistler
- Is excited to explore the depths of the mountains with a Whistler Pro/Ambassador
- Feels the need for speed and friendly competition on our custom racecourse
- Enjoys Après after a long day on the slopes
- Likes to sample delightful wines and cheeses
- Has a love of dressing up for themed mountain top events
- Loves our community and supporting local Sea to Sky Charities