While skiers and boarders were enjoying the new snow, the top J1 racers in Canada, aged 15 and 16, were battling it out for titles at the FIS J1 Nationals in Whistler last weekend.
Despite all the snow organizers and Weasel Worker crews managed to get off three of the four scheduled events, finally cancelling the second of two super G races.
In the opening men's super G on Thursday, March 8, the Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Brodie Seger placed first, followed by teammates Blake Ramsden and Austin Llewellyn. Charlie Renzoni was ninth, Marc Leroux 10th, Kyle Yates 12th and Ben Bethune 14th to round out the top 15. There were 75 racers in the category.
In the women's race the top three were Valerie Grenier of Tremblant, Meg Currie of Osler and Hallie MacLachlan of Fernie. The top Whistler racers were Kelly Steeves in fourth, with teammates Carley Field seventh, Emma King eighth and Rachel Vander Veen 15th. There were 58 racers.
On Friday, the men raced giant slalom and the women slalom.
In giant slalom the top three were Martin Grasic of Windermere, Patrick Carry of Fernie and William Robin Mercier of Stoneham.
Brodie Seger led Whistler once again in sixth place, with teammates Austin Llewellyn in ninth and Marc Leroux in 14th.
In the women's slalom it was a Quebec sweep with Adrienne Poitras of Tremblant fastest through the poles, followed by Denis Darquise and Valerie Grenier.
Despite not winning a medal, the slalom was a better team event for the WMSC with five skiers in the top 15 — Rae Swette leading the way in eighth, followed by Emma King in ninth, Kelly Steeves in 11th, Celeste Pomerantz in 13th and Charley Field in 15th.
On Saturday the racers switched courses.In the men's slalom Brodie Seger came within 0.08 seconds of the podium while finishing in fourth overall. Teammates Austin Llewellyn, Charlie Renzoni and Marc Leroux were ninth, 10th and 14th respectively. Karl Kuus of the Ontario Ski Team took the national title, followed by Scott Bogden of Osler and Gabriel Lafontaine of Saint Sauveur.
The Whistler women finally broke through in the giant slalom with Charlie Renzoni third, followed closely by teammate Rae Swette in fourth. Kelly Steeves was seventh and Emma King 12th.
The top two were Jenna McIntyre from Lake Louise and Adrienne Poitras of Tremblant.