It was a busy weekend for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. The junior and FIS teams went to the Hershey Cup races at Nakiska, Alberta, for a four-day slalom and giant slalom series. Members of the K2 team (ages 13 and 14) took part in the two-day Enquist Slalom at Seymour Mountain.
Nakiska Hershey Cup Feb. 28 to March 3
Against some of the strongest competition they have faced all season, including a number of international competitors from as far away as Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the Canadian and Whistler skiers did well at the Nakiska Hershey Cup.
"Our athletes responded well to challenging conditions and tough sets in a high profile race," said head coach Jordan Williams. "We can really see the work that began in November come through as they are able to elevate their race day abilities.
"The athletes are really beginning to plan tactically for each run and push themselves to a better performance each day, which is leading to good results. The timing is perfect as the most important races of the season are beginning."
In the first giant slalom on Feb. 28, Canadian junior champion Shona Rubens of Calgary easily won the gold medal with both of the fastest runs of the day. She finished 1.67 seconds ahead of Pavla Raclavska of the Czech Republic, and was more than two seconds faster than Stacey Cook of the U.S.
WMSC racer Charlotte Whitney was fifth, and one one-hundredth of a second out of fourth. She kept the clubs medal streak alive with her performance, earning the junior silver medal for her performance.
Whistlers Jennifer Bertram, racing with the B.C. Ski Team, was sixth. Rachel Walker, another Whistler skier on the B.C. team, was 19 th , and WMSC standout Anastasia Skryabina was 21 st overall.
In the mens race, Whistlers Robbie Dixon finished in second place for the B.C. team, finishing behind Ted Piccard of France. Sean Cochrane, Graham Kraft, Tyler Harrison, all of B.C. Ski Team, were third, fourth and sixth.
For the WMSC, Jamie Finlayson and Marcus Waring tied for 11 th , Chris Bellany was 28 th , Ben Chaddock 29 th , Chris Colpitts 33 rd , and Chris McCullough 38 th . Jerry McArthur, James Charlton and Ian McDonald also participated.
In the second GS on March 1, Shona Rubens took the gold yet again, followed by Jennifer Bertram and Paval Raclavska. Anastasia Skryabina and Charlotte Whitney were 15 th and 16 th for the WMSC.