The top junior club and provincial team skiers in Western Canada faced off in the Pontiac GMC Cup races at Apex Resort last week, looking for prize money, FIS points and points towards the Pontiac GMC Cup national titles.
A mid-week snowfall caused delays for the racers, but organizers managed to get two super G and downhill events through the gates.
B.C. skiers, including some Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) racers and alumni managed to capture many of the podium positions, sweeping the medals in some races. The Pontiac GMC Cup series is for FIS-level racers, age 15 and up.
Carlotte Whitney and Alison Leighton, two WMSC racers who are now with the B.C. Ski Team, finished second and third in the first super G event, behind Janelle Miller of Alberta. Jillian McArthur, Shannon Smith and Alix Browne-Munz of the WMSC finished 19 th , 24 th and 28 th respectively to land in the top-30.
In the mens race, Brett Haney of Calgary carved out a win against Graham Kraft of Vernon and Trevor Conroy of Truro, Nova Scotia and the WMSC.
The WMSCs Ben Chaddock was a close fourth, and Chris Colpitts, Matthew Holler and Conrad Pridy were 10 th , 19 th and 34 th respectively out of a field of 80.
In the second super G on Thursday, Feb. 5, the B.C. men started a podium sweep that would last the rest of the weekend, with Ben Chaddock of the WMSC and B.C. Ski Team leading the charge with a time of one minute, 18.66 seconds. His teammate Trevor Conroy was second by just 0.12 seconds, and Graham Kraft of the Silver Star Racers in Vernon was third in 1:19.30.
"The win couldnt have happened at a better time, Im very pleased," said Chaddock. "I had one of my best races. I was technically very strong."
The WMSCs Matt Holler finished just out of the top-15 in 16 th overall. Teammate Conrad Pridy was 19 th , Tyler Self 21 st , Rey Stanislas 29 th and James-Douglas McLean 32 nd .
The womens race finished almost the same, with Janelle Miller taking the gold and Alison Leighton and Charlotte Whitney battling it out for the silver. This time it went to Leighton, who is back in form after a knee injury earlier this season at Nakiska.
"The injury didnt affect the confidence I had in skiing," said Leighton. "I made good moves today off the jumps and I stayed forward on my skis."