B.C.’s best freestyle skiers compete at Mount Washington

There was a great deal of athleticism on display when Mount Washington hosted the BC Freestyle Ski Championships.

There was a great deal of athleticism on display when Mount Washington hosted the BC Freestyle Ski Championships.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort hosted the provincial Timber Tour and Super Youth Freestyle skiing competition – the BC Freestyle Championships – from March 31 to April 3.

The Mt. Washington Freestyle Ski Club was joined by clubs from Whistler/Blackcomb, Vancouver, Apex, Silver Star, Big White, Sun Peaks and the Yukon as well as two athletes from the provincial mogul team.

More than 120 skiers  competed in the third and final in a series of provincial freestyle events. The event included one official training day and three contests, Slopestyle, Moguls and Big Air. There were two tiers of athletes: the Timber Tour (ages 13-18) and the Super Youth (age six-13).

This competition was originally slated to take place at another resort, however plans changed and with less than six weeks to prepare, the crew at Mount Washington, along with coaches and parent volunteers, put in countless hours of hard work and pulled off a hugely successful event.

“It couldn’t have happened without the support of Don Sharpe and his crew from Mount Washington Alpine Resort, the parents, the volunteers from other hills, and the mountain staff (liftees, park crew, groomers, security, food and beverage, all resort employees),” reported MWFC president Roy Krejci.

The weather was spectacular with temperatures reaching into the mid-teens and clear visibility throughout. All the Mt. Washington Freestyle Ski Club athletes skied well, with three Super Youth landing on the podium: Catrina Krejci (U14) Slopestyle bronze; Monique Vinnedge (U10) Big Air gold; Angus Heys (U8) Big Air bronze.

The club also had three Timber Tour athletes on the podium: Brandon Playford (U18) gold in Slopestyle; Todd Heard (U18) gold in Big Air and bronze in Moguls; Sarah Rocque (U16) gold in Big Air and silver in Slopestyle.

Mei Pond, a Mt. Washington Freestyle Ski Club alumni now on the provincial mogul team, took gold in the Moguls U18 contest.  Many of the host club athletes achieved personal best scores and had loads of fun.

“A big thank you to all our club supporters for an amazing event, what a weekend, what a silent auction! Thank you all for the donations,” a MWFC spokesperson said.

“Special thanks to our sponsors: Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Lifestyle Metal Ventures, Woodgrove Chrysler, Archie Johnstone Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Vancouver Island Insurance Centres, Mount Sicker Lumber Company, Ski Tak Hut, and BeaverTails Pastry.”

For more information on the Mt. Washington Freestyle Ski Club, check out www.mwfc.ca.

 

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