e-News March 10 | Peter Krasula | NorAms | Whistler Cup | Race Recap
Mt. Seymour Program Director, Peter Krasula Dies at 42
It’s with absolute heavy hearts that we share the news of the tragic and unexpected passing of Peter Krasula. Peter was the program director at the Mt. Seymour Ski Club for many years and in his time, became a wonderful coach and mentor to many kids, coaches and families within our ski racing community. Peter was known for his kindness, incredible energy, wonderful sense of humour and unconditional love for the outdoors.
On March 8, 2023, Peter was out skiing with a friend on Blackcomb when his heart stopped suddenly beating. Peter leaves behind his two young kids and wife. If you would like to support Peter’s family, there is a Go Fund Me set up to help through these tough times.
Please click below to donate and the date of the celebration of life will be announced soon.
Whistler NorAm Finals – March 21 – 28th – See the best of the best
Come out for a front row seat the watch some of North America’s best alpine ski racers, including Whistler Mountain Ski Club’s alumni now on the BC and Canadian ski teams.
We are still in need of volunteers most days and especially Monday, March 27th and Tuesday, March 28th (hand timers, assistant starters, bib collectors, slip crew, course crew). If off-hill opportunities are your thing, we have lots of space in race office and still looking for volunteers for the daily “weasel den” social. There will be plenty of social time (daily!), a little bit of swag, daily bag lunch and volunteer tickets for those that need.
• Tuesday March 21 – Downhill Training
• Wednesday March 22 – Downhill Training
• Thursday March 23 – DH Race
• Friday March 24 – DH Race
• Saturday March 25 -SG Race
• Sunday March 26 – SG Race
• Monday March 27 – GS Race
• Tuesday March 28 – SL Race
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org today to get involved and let’s give these athletes the best race series possible!
B-Net Set up Call out – Saturday, March 11 @ 9:30am
Our Training Center needs help to re-set some B-nets and prep the track for the upcoming NorAm finals event.
To join in the activities, please meet Dale tomorrow, 9:30am at the Garbo Hut.
Whistler Cup – Volunteer info session recap
Last Wednesday, we hosted a virtual information and inspiration session to get us geared up for the 30th Whistler Cup, happening April 12th to 16th. For those who couldn’t attend, please see the first video link below to get caught up on what you missed and how to get involved. For inspiration, please see the second link with a 2018 message from Mikaela Shiffrin about the event.
• Whistler Cup Zoom session
• Shiffrin video
Race Recap Report
With all of our teams traveling across the province, country and beyond, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some major events.
• – Our home FIS series, the 43rd annual Parsons speed event was a big success thanks in large part to an outstanding core group of volunteers who braved the frigid temperatures. The cold weather made for a hard surface and some exciting action with a handful of our athletes taking podium positions and the Parsons overall title. A big big thank you to all the volunteers and coaches who helped make this event a success. Next up for the FIS team is the Senior National Championships in Kimberley, BC.
• – The Whistler Mountain Ski Club had four U16 athletes travel to the Atlantic provinces to compete in the 2023 Canada Games. With some amazing top 10 and top 15 performances by all, it was sure an impactful trip in their young ski racing careers. Those not at Canada Games competed in the U16 Western championships in Red Mountain and they found some speed, reaching all steps of the podium and some big courageous results, attacking from the back of the pack.
• – The U14 team is gearing up for the fun and exciting part of their season with nine kids heading to Vernon for the year delayed BC Games and right after the whole team will be in Revelstoke competing in the Provincial Championships.
• – Always an enjoyable time of the year, the U12s will be off to Sun Peaks for the annual festival where they’ll get to put their skills to the test in a fun and actioned packed few days of skiing and healthy competition.
• – In February, a few of our Master’s athletes competed in the iconic Silver Star downhill event and then we had one represent the Club at the National Championships in Kimberley. It’s inspiring to see the athletes embody the ultimate goal, Skiers for life!
To all our competitors, let’s cheer them on and again, a major thank you to our coaches and volunteers who bring these events to life and provide the opportunity to race.