The Revelstoke Ski Club sent six ski racers to the U16 Provincial Championships at Red Mountain in Rossland March 21 to 24, including two Salmon Arm skiers. The race format allowed each skier two slalom races and two giant slalom races over the four days.
“The courses were good and the snow conditions were excellent,” reported head coach Ned Lazarevic. “The kids had fun and both our boys and girls did a great job.”
Although Salmon Arm’s Max Scharf didn’t get on the podium, his 10th place finish in one GS and 17th in the other were enough to maintain a berth on Team Canada at the upcoming Whistler Cup, the preeminent international ski racing competition for young skiers in Canada.
Teammate Mitch Smith had a podium and two top-10 results in these provincial championships, placing third in one of the slalom races, sixth and ninth in the two GS races. These results, combined with his overall performance over the season, have earned Smith a place on Team BC for the Whistler Cup. Both Scharf and Smith have had very strong seasons and hopes are high for their performance at the Whistler Cup, coming up April 5 to 7.
Many of the club’s younger racers attended the Sun Peaks Nancy Greene Festival at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops on March 22 and 23. More than 500 competitors from all over the province gathered for fun events aimed at skiers U6 – U12.
At that event, Salmon Arm’s Erika Peasgood placed seventh in the U10/U12 moguls and 14th in skier cross.