News and Announcements
Calgary, AB (January 18th, 2020) – It’s the longest race on the World Cup circuit. This morning the Canadian Alpine Ski Team took their turn on the iconic Lauberhorn Downhill in Wengen, Switzerland. Cam Alexander (North Vancouver, BC) had a career best 19th place finish, moving up 23 places after starting in 42nd spot.
This was an exciting day for Alexander, who has been on the team since 2018, as he earns his first World Cup points in his first World Cup race in Wengen: “It feels really good to go out today and grab my first world cup points. Its definitely a real confidence boost going into the rest of the season and I can’t wait to try and keep it rolling next week in Kitzbühel” said Alexander.
Ben Thomsen (Invermere, BC), who is coming off a 12th place finish in Bormio, finished in 28th.
The race was a big rebound for Jack Crawford (Toronto, ON), Jeff Read (Canmore, AB) and Sam Mulligan (Vancouver, BC) who did not finish the alpine combined yesterday. Crawford finished in 38th and was just over two seconds back from leader Beat Feuz (SUI). Read finished in 48th, his best finish on the course. Mulligan, who finished in 54th, finished his first World Cup race since January 2018.
Tomorrow it’s the men’s tech teams’ chance to conquer Wengen for the slalom. The men’s speed team heads to the historic 2020 Hahnenkamm World Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Whitney Hunter I Manager of Communications
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Janyk Cup | Whistler Cup Social | Club Race
Calling all WMSC Parents – Volunteers needed this Sunday for the U12 Janyk Cup!
The U12 Janyk Cup is being held at Whistler this Sunday January 19th and we are looking for a few more volunteers to make this race run smoothly and safely. In particular we are in need of gate judges and 1 manual timer. If you are in Whistler, please consider helping the U12 race committee. It is a great opportunity to lend a hand to the club’s newest racers. Thank you to those U14 and U16 parents that have already answered the call for help. Please email email@example.com as soon as possible if you are able to volunteer on Sunday.
Mark Your Calendars for a Club Wide Whistler Cup Social – Saturday February 15th
From April 16 – 19th, 2020 the Whistler Mountain Ski Club will welcome U14 and U16 athletes from around the world. This year marks the 28th anniversary of Whistler Cup! The event requires more than 300 volunteers from start to finish and involves most of our Whistler Mountain Ski Club parents. Please join the WMSC Board on Saturday February 15th at 4:00 p.m. for an initial kick-off to Whistler Cup. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about Whistler Cup and sign up early for the volunteer positions that interest you most. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Upcoming Club Race – Saturday January 25th
We now have enough snow and the window to get our first club race off next weekend. We will do both the paneled slalom and the team relay events in one day with the panelled slalom will be used to seed athletes into teams of mixed age groups and these teams will compete again at the end of the season.
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!
Women’s Ski Cross
1-Marielle Thompson (WMSC)
Men’s Ski Cross
1-Emeline Bennett (WMSC)
2-Jack Morrow (WMSC)
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 .
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 .
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 . We will find a great spot for you! For U12 parents, please remember the mandatory meeting tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
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 .
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 . The deadline is January 31.