The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club (WBFSC) hit the road last weekend (Jan. 16 – 18) for the first stop of the BC Freestyle Timber Tour at Apex Mountain Resort, returning home with a large medal haul for their efforts.
Kai Smart, 12, made a strong comeback after being out for most of last season with injuries, taking first place in Big Air and second for both Moguls and Slopestyle in the U14 category. His 14-year-old brother Luke — the current Junior National Champion in Big Air and Slopestyle — managed a first and second place in those categories, respectively, with a third in Moguls. Other notable results included Kai Martin scoring second in Big Air and third in Slopestyle (U14), Chase Ujejski third in Slopestyle (U14) and Charlie Armstrong third in Big Air (U16).
The new Girls U14 squad also had a successful Timber Tour with Maya Schwinghammer winning Moguls, Sofia Tchernetsky second in both Big Air and Slopestyle and third places for Raine Haziza (Slopestyle), Josephine Howell (Big Air) and Ava Dunham (Moguls).
The 23 competing WBFSC athletes have had limited opportunity for moguls training due to the low snowfall in Whistler, but the squad still performed well at Apex.
“This was the first time these kids have seen a full moguls course this season and everyone did awesome,” said WBFSC head coach Sarah Hogg. “(Apex) had some rain before (the competition) so everything was pretty firm and the moguls were icy. But we got a little bit of snow (for Sunday) so that softened it up, which helped.”
The WBFSC will be heading to Castle Mountain, Alta. from Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 for the Canadian Series Moguls and Dual Moguls before hosting the second stop of the Timber Tour on Blackcomb Feb. 6 – 9, which will feature moguls, slopestyle events, plus a halfpipe competition if Whistler Blackcomb are able to open the pipe by that time.
“We’re really excited to do a comp in our park, on our hill,” said Hogg. “Overall we did pretty good at Apex, there’s always room for improvement, but the kids are really looking forward to (the Blackcomb Timber Tour).”
WMSC dominates at Snowcross
The Whistler Mountain Ski Club showed their strength at the U14 Snowcross on Blackcomb Mountain last weekend (Jan. 17 – 18), sweeping the podium in the Female 11, 12 and 13 and Male 10 and 12 year-old categories.
The fastest qualifying time of the weekend was 31.73 seconds, set by Alexander Makarevski from Grouse Mountain on Saturday, but on Sunday the races consisted of WMSC athletes battling each other for the podium positions. Winning WMSC skiers included Kaila Lafreniere (10) and Nicholas Katrusiak (10), Sierra Haziza (11), Ginny Nichols and Jack Morrow (12) and Arabella Ng (13).
The next Snowcross event will take place from Feb. 14 – 15 on Blackcomb Mountain. Head to whistlerblackcomb.com/events to register.