News and Announcements
Hello WMSC athletes, members, & coaches
It’s hard to believe that we’re over half way through January! We’ve had a great start to the year, our programs are in full swing and we are now into the quality training period. The heavy snowfalls which made training difficult over Christmas have given us great surfaces on both the DNMTC and Gandy that should last us through the season. This update is also attached as a PDF and covers:
Respect in Sport
• Dec 30th Club Race
• U12 Skills event (postponed)
• U14 Teck races
• Western SX series
• U16 Sun Peaks Teck Open
• U14 Speed Camp this weekend
• U16 Speed Camp next weekend
• “Speed” Net Set Thursday, January 24rd and
• Net Set Appreciation/Whistler Cup Social Saturday, January 26th
• U12/New Member Mid-Season Information Session and Social Saturday February 2nd
• Club Race #2 Sunday, February 3rd (GS)
Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is a Nationwide initiative across many sports, and is part of WMSC’s pledge to be a leader in the responsible coaching movement to drive the continued evolution of sport.
The Respect in Sport Parent Course reinforces your role as parents in you child‘s activities, encouraging positive behaviours through effective communication. Feedback from members who have taken the Course has been overwhelmingly positive. All WMSC coaching staff have completed the more-intensive Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders module and it is important that parents do their part to get us all moving forward together in the development of our club culture.
The Parent Course is a short online module that, once started, can be done in short sections so that you can fit it into your crowded schedules.
Unfortunately, looking at the list of the parents who have completed the Respect in Sport parent module there are many that have failed to complete this obligation.
Parents, please prioritize completing the Parent Course. For more information on how to complete the program please go to:
December 30th Club race
Between the waves of coastal storms throwing copious amounts of snow at us we managed to get our first Club race off. A huge thanks to Rob Boyd, the WMSC timing team and all our volunteers who helped to run the race and to prepare and maintain the course. It was great to see our athletes fighting hard in bumpy conditions, and it especially good to see our newest racers rising to the challenge!
U12 Skills event postponed until March 16th
Unfortunately, the U12 Skills event was cancelled due to the heavy snowfall. We were not able to prepare and maintain a safe environment with the conditions. The January 5th event has been rescheduled to March 16th, the day before the Janyk Cup.
U14 Teck Coast zone races great start to our home races January 12th-13th
Conditions could not have been better for our first home race of the season. A huge thanks and congratulations to Chief of Race Scott Waldrum and Technical Delegate Bob Walton, the net-set and course crews who worked hard to get the piste in shape for racing, all of the race officials and our timing, race office, on-hill course and socials teams.
The event was a tremendous success, providing both elation and heartache to our young athletes, who to a fault gave everything that they could. Every ski race is a stark reminder that small mistakes have consequences, and seeing these young athletes stand up, brush the snow off and find the resolve to come back even more prepared reinforces how valuable the life skills that our sport teaches us are.
Western & FIS Edmonton Skicross races Jan 12th- 13th
While the u14 races were on here and the u16 athletes raced in Sun Peaks a group of 4 athletes went to Edmonton to compete in the Western Ski Cross series & FIS event. Congratulations to all four who had some great performances and also came away with a great haul of medals. For a full recap please see here: http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/announcements/1426694-WMSC-SX-racers-head-to-Alberta-
U16 Sun Peaks races January 10th–13th
The Sun Peaks Racers did a brilliant job hosting the first races of this year’s U16 Teck Open series. The event was particularly challenging as this was both the season’s first race as well as the qualifier for BC’s Canada Winter Games team. However, our athletes rose to the occasion and gave their all, coming away with great memories and strong results.
Congratulations to all our athletes who competed in the event. The experience and lessons learned will be valuable to you throughout the rest of the season.
Congratulations and good luck to the seven WMSC athletes who qualified to represent BC at the Canada Winter Games at the end of February. See: http://www.wmsc.info/organizations/3850/announcements/1426871-BC-Alpine-names-14-U16-athletes-to-2019-Canada-Winter-Games-Team-BC
Please visit our homepage at http://www.teampages.com/organizations/3850 for full recaps on all events.
Key Upcoming Events:
U14 & U16 Speed Camps, Net Set Appreciation & Whistler Cup Social
We kicked off our speed camps on January 19th with a successful day of speed environments and free-skiing for our U14 athletes and, weather permitting, we will continue to build the environments progressively through the weekend.
Looking forwards to next weekend we will have 4 days of speed training for our U16 athletes again as a progression building from shorter sections to longer sections with more terrain.
A huge thanks again to the net setting teams who were out both last week and this week to ensure the safety of our athletes. We will have one more day of net setting this Wednesday, January 23rd to add nets for the greater speeds of the U16 athletes so please come out to help.
We are also holding a ‘Net Set Appreciation’ Social on Saturday, January 26th to quench the thirst that develops from the honest work involved! At the Social our tireless Whistler Cup volunteers will be on hand to share information about this year’s Whistler Cup and the volunteer opportunities.
Whistler Cup is a phenomenal event for the athletes, and it is a wonderful opportunity meet a diverse group of volunteers from around the world. We are now in the 27th year of the Whistler Cup, please join us by volunteering your time and make it a fantastic and memorably event.
U12/New Member Mid-Season Information Session and Social February 2nd
Building on December’s on-snow orientation, we are holding an information session for all U12 parents and new members at the Club Cabin at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 2nd. In the information session we will be sharing more information about the club, our philosophy, and our development programs.
Note that all U12 athletes will be ending their day on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 pm at the Club Cabin to coincide with the end of the information session, following which there will be a U12 après social allowing you to connect with other athletes and coaches.
In addition, for those U12 parents and any new members that missed the on-snow orientation in December, we will be holding another orientation session Saturday, February 2nd as well. Please meet at the Garbo hut at the top of the Garbanzo chair at 9:30am.
Club Race #2 February 3rd
The week after our speed camps we will have our next Club race which will be a GS on the training centre. Some of our athletes will be at away races, however it gives a great opportunity for the athletes still here to get some more race practice along with their training. More information will follow and again we will be looking for volunteers to help which is also a great opportunity to learn about running a ski race.
I hope to see you all on the snow or in the club soon!
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
The document Update_2019-01-19.pdf was attached to this post.
BC Alpine is proud to introduce Team BC for the 2019 Canada Winter Games
From February 15th to March 3rd, Red Deer, Alberta will welcome the nation to the 2019 Canada Winter Games. All Alpine events will take place at the Nakiska Ski Resort during the second week, from February 25th to 27th. Nakiska is the legacy mountain from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics!
The 14 athletes (7 boys and 7 girls) filling BC’s quota and set to represent our province at these games were selected from the first round of BC Teck Open races (2 GS & 2 SL) held at Sun Peaks, January 10th to 13th. They will compete in four events; Super-G, GS, Slalom and Ski Cross. The Ski Cross competition is scheduled to take place at Canyon Resort near Red Deer on March 2nd.
BC Alpine is also pleased to be bringing two up-and-coming Para Alpine athletes to the Canada Winter Games! Blind skier Logan Leach out of Vernon will be competing with his guide Caele Kassa, and they will be joined by teammate Justin Johnson, a sit-skier from the Fraser Valley. Team BC will be coached by Montana Molyneux (Fernie Alpine Ski Team) and Drew Hetherington (Whistler Mountain Ski Club).
Team BC Girls
Brynn|Applegath|2003|Sun Peaks Alpine Club
Charlotte|Gibson|2003|Prince George Ski Club
Noa|Hooton|2003|Sun Peaks Alpine Club
Noa|Rogers|2003|Apex Ski Club
Sara|Stiel|2004|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Fiona|McInnes|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Jaden|Dawson|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
First female alternate is:
Melinda|Kobasiuk|2003|Prince George Ski Club
Team BC Boys
Chase|Burns|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Benjamin|Jacoby|2003|Sun Peaks Alpine Club
Heming|Sola|2003|Apex Ski Club
Taylor|Nellis|2003|Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club
David|Wood|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Matthias|Shorter|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
Adam|Usher|2003|Whistler Mountain Ski Club
First male alternate is:
Markus|Cordy-Simpson|2004|Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club
More info and official Canada Games website:
More than 130 athletes took part in last week’s Teck Open races at Sun Peaks. A total of 4 races were run for each of the men and the women from Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13.
Race conditions were “firm” and the weather was a mixture of cloud and sun. This was a big event and many kudos are due to the organizers for their hard work! A big thanks as well to Teck for sponsoring this exciting race series.
The competitors started their weekend off with giant slalom races on Thursday and Friday and finished with slalom races on Saturday and Sunday. The Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) was well represented, with 14 women and 13 men in the field. U16 Coach Richard Jagger had lots of positive feedback about the WMSC racers: “All athletes for our U16 team have good steps both in their technical skiing and in the tactical approach to line in both SL and GS. For our team, we now aim to consolidate the skills that the group has been learning with more volume and quality training.”
Women’s GS Race 1 (Thursday):
On Thursday, WMSC athletes comprised 12 of the 56 women who successfully completed the giant slalom race, with four of them finishing in the top 10: Sara Stiel took 2nd, Fiona McInnes came in 5th, and Emeline Bennett and Jaden Dawson finished in 9th and 10th, respectively. Sara was bracketed by Sun Peaks locals, Noa Hooton in 1st and Brynn Applegath in 3rd.
Outside of the top 10, there were four WMSC women who beat their bib numbers: Meagan Diron finished 22nd from #40, Sloane Goldberg finished 35th from #66, Laura Keogh finished 37th from #47, and Ava Parkhill finished 49th from #57.
Women’s GS Race 2 (Friday):
On Friday, WMSC athletes comprised 13 of the 59 women who successfully completed the giant slalom race, with three of them finishing in the top 10: Fiona McInnes took 2nd, Jaden Dawson just missed the podium in 4th, and Emeline Bennett finished 7th. Brynn Applegath from Sun Peaks, who had finished in 3rd on Thursday, took the top position and Noa Rogers from Apex rounded out the podium.
Outside of the top 10, there were six WMSC women who beat their bib numbers: Sierra Haziza finished 17th from #57, Sara Stiel finished 22nd from #27, Sloane Goldberg finished 32nd from #50, Laura Keogh finished 33rd from #47, Ava Parkhill finished 48th from #58, and Brooklyn Scudamore finished 54th from #66.
Women’s SL Race 1 (Saturday):
On Saturday, the women switched disciplines and raced slalom. WMSC athletes comprised 10 out of the 44 women who successfully completed the slalom race, with three WMSC athletes again finishing in the top 10: Sara Stiel took 3rd, Jaden Dawson was, once again, just off the podium in 4th, and Meagan Doiron finished 9th. Noa Rogers from Apex took the victory, with Brynn Applegath from Sun Peaks, in 2nd.
Outside of the top 10, there were five WMSC women who beat their bib numbers: Laura Keogh finished 26th from #53, Sloane Goldberg finished 28th from #36, Brooklyn Scudamore finished 30th from #66, Sierra Haziza finished 32nd from #64, and Ava Parkhill finished 33rd from #54.
Women’s SL Race 2 (Sunday):
The women finished up their weekend on Sunday with another slalom race. WMSC athletes comprised 10 out of the 47 women who successfully completed the slalom race, with three WMSC athletes finishing in the top 10: Jaden Dawson finished 7th, followed by Fiona McInnes in 8th and Emeline Bennett in 9th. Unfortunately, none of the WMSC women made it onto the podium on this day. The top three finishers were: Charlotte Gibson from Prince George, Noa Rogers from Apex, and Melinda Kobasiuk from Prince George.
Outside of the top 10, there were six WMSC women who beat their bib numbers: Sara Stiel finished 12th from #29, Meagan Dioron finished 17th from #39, Sierra Haziza finished 21st from #64, Sloane Goldberg finished 30th from #36, Brooklyn Scudamore finished 38th from #66, and Ava Parkhill finished 40th from #54.
Of the women’s results, WMSC U16 Coach Richard Jagger said the biggest surprise was “how well Brooklyn Scudamore did in her first races ever in terms of dealing with being nervous and being able to negotiate some tricky set in the slalom.”
Sloane Goldberg, U16 racer and a long-time member of the WMSC, was especially keen about the Sun Peaks event. Goldberg will be moving to Italy at the end of the month, where she is “super excited” to join a race club and participate in ski racing in Europe. Goldberg said, “I’ve never raced outside of Canada, so I’m interested in seeing what racing is like in other countries.” Goldberg’s experience with the WMSC should stand her in very good stead, as will her intensive training over the last year. “I prepared for Sun Peaks a lot in the off season. I spent around 25 days on snow between July and August, plus I followed a fitness program from June until now.”
Men’s GS Race 1 (Thursday):
On Thursday, WMSC athletes comprised 11 of the 51 men who successfully completed the giant slalom race. WMSC men crushed the field today, with six of them finishing in the top 10: John Nicolls came in 2nd, Adam Usher took 4th, Graham Seltzer finished in 6th, Sam Fuller was in 7th, Matthias Shorter came in 9th, and Hayden Harley took 10th place. The victory went to Sun Peaks athlete Benjamin Jacoby. 3rd place spot was clinched by Markus Cordy-Simpson from Grouse.
Outside of the top 10, there were four WMSC men who beat their bib numbers: Duncan Ross finished in 19th from #39, Ambrose Deck Stang came in 34th from #49, Logan Sadan finished in 35th from #53, and Kian Gottfried finished in 36th from #46.
WMSC U16 men’s veteran John Nicholls was “surprised” by his superb 2nd place finish. When asked what did he do that made him feel he could “nail it”, Nicholls said, “Nothing — I was really nervous and had no clue how I would do.” According to Nicholls, “the course was really fast and was a ton of fun.” Although he doesn’t have a special routine to prepare for race day, Nicholls attributes his speed in GS racing to “just full send”. He was no doubt greatly assisted by his mental preparation in “thinking of all the possible outcomes of the race”.
Men’s GS Race 2 (Friday):
On Friday, WMSC athletes comprised 12 of the 53 men who successfully completed the giant slalom race, with five of them finishing in the top 10. Once again, WMSC men were dominant, securing five out of the top 10 places. The race was won by Apex athlete Heming Sola. Taylor Nellis from Grouse came in 2nd. Matthias Shorter rounded out the podium, with Adam Usher just off the podium in 4th. Sam Fuller came in 6th, Graham Seltzer finished in 9th, and Chase Burns took 10th place.
Outside of the top 10, there were five WMSC men who beat their bib numbers: Sascha Gilbert finished in 19th from #37, Duncan Ross finished in 21st from #39, Ambrose Deck Stang came in 23rd from #49, Logan Sadan finished in 28th from #53, and Kian Gottfried came in 42th from #46.
Men’s SL Race 1 (Saturday):
On Saturday, the men switched disciplines and raced slalom. WMSC athletes comprised 8 out of the 47 men who successfully completed the slalom race, with three WMSC athletes finishing in the top 10. Heming Sola from Apex charged into the top spot with a blistering combined time that was more than 3 seconds ahead of Chase Burns (WMSC), who came in 2nd place. Taylor Nellis from Grouse rounded out the podium. Other WMSC men in the top ten were Matthias Shorter, who finished in 5th, and David Wood who finished in 6th.
Outside of the top 10, there were five WMSC men who beat their bib numbers: Adam Usher finished 11th from #12, Duncan Ross came in 12th from #13, Sascha Gilbert finished in 22nd from #37, Ambrose Deck Stang came in 36th from #56, and Logan Sadan finished 31st from #51.
Men’s SL Race 2 (Sunday):
The men finished up their weekend on Sunday with another slalom race. WMSC athletes comprised 7 out of the 30 men who successfully completed the slalom race. Once again, WMSC men had the measure of the field, finishing in four of the top 10 positions. Chase Burns stood at the top of the podium, with David Wood right beside him in 2nd. Grouse athlete Cameron Seward snuck into 3rd place. Matthias Shorter was just off the podium in 4th, and Duncan Ross came in 5th.
Outside of the top 10, there were three WMSC men who beat their bib numbers: Ambrose Deck Stang finished 18th from #56, Logan Sadan came in 19th from #51, and Kian Gottfried placed 27th from #49.
March 1 & 2, 2019
This action packed weekend features fun filled ski events, wine, beer and food galore, our famous live and silent live auctions and fabulous live entertainment. This event is definitely one not to miss! Purchase a Corporate Ski Team or a Citizen Ski Team, or simply attend the Winetastic and the Mountain Top Gala!
Go to https://whistlerblackcombfoundation.com/pages/fundraising-events for information and tickets!
Cameron MacDonald (U14), Nick Katrusiak (U16), Jack MacDonald (U18/FIS) and Jack Morrow (U18/FIS) attended the series opener for the Western Ski Cross Series and a FIS Ski Cross event held at Sunridge Ski Area in Edmonton, AB on January 12 & 13. The weather couldn’t have been better, sunny and clear with a great track set down for exciting ski-cross action. On the first day, Canada’s ski-cross development team were in attendance for 2 FIS races, making stiff competition and no podium shot for the two Jacks who have just graduated to FIS racing this year. They both faired better the next day in the Western Ski Cross U18 race where Jack MacDonald won silver and Jack Morrow brought home the bronze.
Nick Katrusiak captured gold in both the U16 races, “It was worth the trip to Edmonton for the race. It was really well organized and a lot of fun! Everyone was there to race and win, but the kids were all really nice.”
Cameron MacDonald faced a huge field of keen U14 athletes and was unable to make it to the podium this time round. Many thanks to Dad – Jack Morrow who organized the kids and coached them through the weekend.
Jack Morrow and Jack MacDonald are now headed east to compete in a number of races FIS and U18 races starting with a Ski Cross Nor Am at Calabogie Peaks in Ontario. Good Luck boys!