Whistler’s Melanie Bernier was part of a six member Canadian Ski Mountaineering team that took place in the Alps between Switzerland and France recently, racing in the individual, vertical and long distance events. The team placed 19 th out of 27 countries, Canada’s best showing to date.
At the upcoming Whistler Backcountry Freeride Jam during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Bernier is poised to win the women’s overall Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Cup.
Bernier was 32 nd in the individual race, 40 th in the vertical contest, and 23 rd in the informal long distance race.
Team Whistler on a roll
After a disappointing first event when crashes caused the eventual cancellation of the race and impacted every field of racers, Team Whistler was back in the saddle at the recent Team Escape Velocity Spring Series.
In the first race on Saturday, March 15, taking place on Snake Hill, Mike Boehm placed third, Trevor Hopkins fifth, and Josh Stott 10 th in the B classification, while Shani Laxon made the top-10 in the C group.
The A group also featured a battle of Sea to Sky riders, with Neal Kindree of Squamish edging out Whistler’s Will Routley for third place. To be fair, Routley was working to get teammate Ryan Anderson to the front to win the race.
Sunday’s race in Bradner was tougher for Team Whistler, as riders in the B group found themselves blocked out by the peleton and unable to pedal into the top-five. Tony Routley was even nudged onto the soft shoulder, after working his way into a decent position heading into the finish. In the C group, both Team Whistler riders — Jennifer Tabbernor and Shani Laxon — went down in a crash on the first lap.
Janyk, Osborne-Paradis to host Whistler ski camp
For the second year Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis are hosting an end-of-season ski camp for athletes with the talent and drive, but who may be lacking the financial resources to participate in summer training programs.
The camp is open to B.C. athletes born in 1992 and 1993 who show the necessary dedication but also can show their need. Athletes should write a letter up to 250 words explaining why they would like to participate and what they would like to learn in the camp. A coach’s recommendation should also be submitted along with the athlete letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.