After a couple of days of practice and speed camp, they are racing at the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
A very special event, a night slalom, will be run on the Main under the lights tonight, Thursday, March 6, at approximately 5 p.m.
Ski racers don’t get the opportunity to do a lot of night racing, and therefore the Kimberley race is attracting some top competitors. National Team members Erik Read, Sasha Zaitsoff, Paul Stutz, William St-Germain and Tyler Werry will race along with B.C. Team members Charlie Field, Emma King, Alix Wells, Blake Ramsden, Brodie Seger, Martin Grasic, Patrick Carry and Dominic Unterberger. This will be a great event for spectators, and race organizers invite one and all to watch.
The first race in the FIS Keurig races went on Tuesday and Emma King of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club took top prize in one minute, 12.75 seconds, in what were described as tough, fast conditions.
Joining King on the podium were Rebecca Bermel of the Windermere Valley Ski Club in 1:12.90, and Mikayla Martin of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club in 1:13.37.
In the men’s competition, Steven Fry of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, and winner of two of the three training runs, was consistent on race day to take the gold in 1:10.11. Two Whistler Mountain Ski Club athletes, Cameron Alexander and Jack Crawford rounded out the podium finishing 2nd (1:10.99) and 3rd (1:11.24) respectively.
The FIS Keurig Super G, Downhill and Slalom will run until Friday, March 7. The event has attracted over 90 athletes from Canada, Australia, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and USA and includes local racers Rebecca Bermel (Cranbrook), Gina Norton (Kimberley) and several Windermere Valley athletes.