Ski club wraps season with race

Many club members had a lot of personal best times this season, all over the province

Qualicum Beach’s Chris Raduy in Mount Washington Ski Club action earlier this season.

The weather gods have been smiling on Mount Washington Ski Club athletes, including Qualicum Beach’s Chris Raduy.

The U12, U14, U16 and U18 teams have been travelling the province and competing all season. Known as an intrepid bunch from the “little mountain that could” — battling long road trips and B.C. Ferries — these athletes do not disappoint.

In March there were some amazing results for the U14 squad who, after returning from the B.C. Winter Games, headed all the way to Red Mountain in Rossland to compete in the U14 provincials.

Three full days of racing giant slalom (GS) and slalom led to severals personal bests: Emilly Johnston found herself in fourth in the GS and sixth in slalom. Erik Ashton also earned a best result in the GS with a 46th place finish, a great result for his first year racing at this level. The same went for U14 first year Luka Djurickovic who’s best result was a 49th in the combined GS while newcomer Brooke Taylor had a 59th in the GS.

Four hours north at Panorama in Invermere several club members competed in the Canadian American Championships including the U16 squad of Chris Raduy, Zarija Djurickovic, Kieran Nilsen, Natalia Bellefleur and Slyvi Nymann.

This was a highly competitive field of 100 male athletes and over 80 female athletes.  The event consisted of challenging terrain, clear blue skies and cold, hard packed snow — which means fast.

Kieran Nilsen had a season best result of 24th in the slalom while Sylvi Nymann also excelled in the slalom, placing 32nd with teammate Natalia Bellefleur hot on her tail at 42nd.

Chris Raduy of Qualicum Beach had a personal best result of 60th and Zarija Djurickovic had a best result of 68th in the combined GS.

The final race of the season for the entire Mount Washington Ski Team runs this weekend with the TECK Coast Zone Finals on their home mountain April 9-10.

The final race of the season for the entire Mount Washington Ski Team runs this weekend with the TECK Coast Zone Finals on their home mountain April 9-10.

The zone finals for U12, U14, U16 and U18 will be held on Whiskey Jack, just above the main lodge at Mount Washington.

Over 100 competitors will travel from all coastal ski clubs including Whistler/Blackcomb, Cypress, Grouse, Seymour, Manning Park and Hemlock.

On Sunday, April 9 there will be a dual panel slalom, with all racers guaranteed two runs (weather permitting), said to be a fun knockout ladder event sure to be a nail biter.

Come on out to enjoy the gorgeous mountain air and support these young, dedicated athletes.

— Submitted by the Mount Washington Ski Club

The weather gods have been smiling on Mount Washington Ski Club athletes, including Qualicum Beach’s Chris Raduy.

The U12, U14, U16 and U18 teams have been travelling the province and competing all season. Known as an intrepid bunch from the “little mountain that could” — battling long road trips and B.C. Ferries — these athletes do not disappoint.

In March there were some amazing results for the U14 squad who, after returning from the B.C. Winter Games, headed all the way to Red Mountain in Rossland to compete in the U14 provincials.

Three full days of racing giant slalom (GS) and slalom led to severals personal bests: Emilly Johnston found herself in fourth in the GS and sixth in slalom. Erik Ashton also earned a best result in the GS with a 46th place finish, a great result for his first year racing at this level. The same went for U14 first year Luka Djurickovic who’s best result was a 49th in the combined GS while newcomer Brooke Taylor had a 59th in the GS.

Four hours north at Panorama in Invermere several club members competed in the Canadian American Championships including the U16 squad of Chris Raduy, Zarija Djurickovic, Kieran Nilsen, Natalia Bellefleur and Slyvi Nymann.

This was a highly competitive field of 100 male athletes and over 80 female athletes.  The event consisted of challenging terrain, clear blue skies and cold, hard packed snow — which means fast.

Kieran Nilsen had a season best result of 24th in the slalom while Sylvi Nymann also excelled in the slalom, placing 32nd with teammate Natalia Bellefleur hot on her tail at 42nd.

Chris Raduy of Qualicum Beach had a personal best result of 60th and Zarija Djurickovic had a best result of 68th in the combined GS.

The final race of the season for the entire Mount Washington Ski Team runs this weekend with the TECK Coast Zone Finals on their home mountain April 9-10.

The final race of the season for the entire Mount Washington Ski Team runs this weekend with the TECK Coast Zone Finals on their home mountain April 9-10.

The zone finals for U12, U14, U16 and U18 will be held on Whiskey Jack, just above the main lodge at Mount Washington.

Over 100 competitors will travel from all coastal ski clubs including Whistler/Blackcomb, Cypress, Grouse, Seymour, Manning Park and Hemlock.

On Sunday, April 9 there will be a dual panel slalom, with all racers guaranteed two runs (weather permitting), said to be a fun knockout ladder event sure to be a nail biter.

Come on out to enjoy the gorgeous mountain air and support these young, dedicated athletes.

— Submitted by the Mount Washington Ski Club

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