The Larch Hills Junior Race team, along with many members of the Larch Hills Nordic Society, hosted the first in the Teck BC Cup series for the 2016/2017 race season.
The event was open to all ages; skiers ranged from as young as 3 to master competitors in their 60s.
Participants came from as far away as Smithers and Vancouver Island, and skiers appreciated the perfect weather, near perfect wax conditions, great event organization and the spectacular Larch Hills scenery.
Saturday’s sprint races took place on new trails that have been developed to challenge the skiers and make the stadium more spectator friendly.
Trails ranged from 100 metres for the younger skiers to a grueling 11-km sprint course for the masters.
Sunday was the interval start for classic races over distances ranging from 1-km for the younger racers to 11-km for the master skiers.
Larch Hills skiers did very well in competition, topping the podium in 15 of 29 of the sprint races on Saturday and 16 of 27 classic races on Sunday.
Larch Hills skiers that won first on both days were Reese Major (Atom 3), Gideon Breugem (Atom 2), Jeremiah Bucher (Pee Wee 2), Max Calkins (Pee Wee 2), Kian Smith (Pee Wee 1), Jonathan Breugem (Bantam 1), Julianne Moore (Midget 1), Trond May (Midget 2), Rachel May (Junior Girls 2) and Alexander Corbett (Junior Mens 2).
Other top finishers on Saturday’s sprint races were Maya Roberts (Atom 2), Emily Carelse (Bantam 2), Claire Van Bergeyk (Midget 2), David Bakker (Junior Boys 2) and Andrew Nash (Junior Men 1).
The other top finishers on Sunday were Audrey Liebich (Atom 2), Ian Orchard (Atom 3), Sapphira Bucher (Pee Wee 1), Mitchell Bond (Bantam 2), Sophia Van Varseveld (Midget 2) and Seth Van Varseveld (Junior Boys 1). Full results can be found at www.zone4.ca.
The next Teck BC Cup race will be held in Prince George on Feb. 4 and 5.