Thursday, April 19

Ski Race Provincial Finals are happening this weekend!

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Apr 19, 2018

Ski Race Provincial Finals are happening this weekend!

This weekend, Banff Sunshine Village is pleased to host the Alpine Ski Race U16 Provincial Finals.

 

Sunshine Alpine Racers has been hosting the U16 Provincial Finals at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort for over 20 years. More than 1,000 parents, volunteers, and fans are involved in the race. The U16 Provincial Finals is the last race of the provincial race series for this age group, and for most families and athletes, is the last race of their ski career.

 

150 athletes from Alberta, BC and across Canada will be participating in Giant Slalom and Slalom. The race notice can be viewed on Alberta Alpine’s website.

 

Sunshine Alpine Racers Club Stats:

FIS Athletes

Two of Sunshine’s FIS athletes, Andrew Wilson and Adrien Grabinski, joined the Alberta Team at the end of the 2017 ski season.  The 2017/18 Alberta Team is made up of 15 athletes, with former Sunshine Alpine Racers athletes representing a third of all athletes and more than any other club.

 

U16 Athletes

This year has been another amazing year for U16 Sunshine athletes. Of the provincial events in the U16 provincial race series that have already occurred, Sunshine athletes have been in the top 10 for every race start, with 12 podium finishes.

 

Sunshine U16 athletes were invited to the U16 Canadian National Championships in March 2018, with Sunshine athletes representing more athletes than any other club from Alberta. The success of our athletes was included in a recent article in Rocky Mountain Outlook, with Daniel Profitt from Sunshine Alpine Racers finishing first in the Super G and Super Combined events.

 

U14 Athletes

Four out of nine U14 athletes qualified for the Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray on Feb 16-19, 2018. Of the provincial events in the U14 provincial race series that have already occurred, Sunshine athletes have been in the top 10 for every race start, with 9 podium finishes.

 

Course Location:

The course will be on ScapeGoat off the Goat’s Eye chairlift.

 

Race Schedule:

Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21:

Giant Slalom. Athletes will reach speeds approaching 100 km/h on parts of the GS course.

 

Sunday, April 22:

Slalom.

 

Awards:

Awards will be presented each day, 30 minutes after the last racer on course, by the Race Office off Goat’s Eye chairlift. The U16 Series winners will also be presented on Sunday.

 

 

Sunshine Ski Club History

 

The Sunshine Ski Club was started in the 1970-1971 ski season by Denis Smith (the first volunteer head coach and a former racer), and Bob Hann (owner of the Abominable Ski Shop), who wanted to get three of his boys into a racing program.

 

Bob was the first President and Cliff White (then owner of Sunshine Village) was the first Vice-President. Jerry Johnston (the Sunshine Ski School director) supplied two coaches from the ski school – Marilyn Kelly Howell and Jim Suttil – to help Denis. In the first year, there were 22 racers.

 

The purpose of the Club was to “develop racers with good attitudes.” Parents had to be involved if their children were in the program. They helped at races or, if they didn’t ski, made lunches.

 

In 1976, a Nancy Greene program was started. During the 1983-1984 season, the race program grew to 53 racers, some of whom moved up to either the Alberta Ski Team or the Canadian National Ski Team.

 

Traditional races hosted by the Sunshine Ski & Snowboard Club include the Sunshine Nancy Greene Invitational, started in 1984 by Claudio Berto, the Club Championships, started by Brett Titus in 1985, and the U16 Provincial Finals, started over 20 years ago.

 

Today, there are over 100 racers, with families from Calgary, Edmonton, and the Bow Valley area. With the support of Sunshine Village, the Sunshine Speedsters and Sunshine Alpine Racers have put many of these athletes on the podium both locally and nationally, with several eventually representing Canada in FIS World Cup events and at the Olympics.  The Clubs continue to evolve and remain a strong force in youth alpine ski racing.