Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Season So Far… and What’s Next?

Canadian Championship will Highlight Kicking Horse
With three races gone already on the Canadian Ski Mountaineering Cup calendar and only a few opportunities remaining to improve their 2009 ranking, skiers are heading to Kicking Horse for the Canadian Nationla Championship at the “Dogtooth Dash” – a first offering in the ISMF race format from the Golden, B.C. area with a technical long course and an exciting ‘citizen’short course, plus prizes, food, and music – this event promises to be a party- come out and represent.

INFORMATION and REGISTRATION for the Dogtooth Dash is available at http://www.kickinghorseresort.com/activities/events/special/event.asp?ID… or at www.skimocanada.org

NEWS & RESULTS

07 Feb 09 – ARC’TERYX SUNSHINE 5000 – Banff AB won by Montanan Ben Parsons, and Revelstoke transplant Julie Matteau.

21 Feb 09 – ROAM RANDONNEE RALLY, Nelson BC won by Bavarian Benedict Boehm, and Julie Matteau.

07 Mar 09 – MOUNTAIN STORM, Fernie BC won by B.C. prodigy Reiner Thoni, and Julie Matteau. (see video of the finish here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyguVI8l_L4

Detect any patterns in these results? Do your own handicapping with the complete entry lists, times, and current athlete rankings posted on the www.skimocanada.org webpage.

24 Feb 09 – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Tambre, Italy – Steve Sellers debuts new National Team uniforms in guest appearance at this most important race on the ISMF World calendar.

NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION will begin shortly after the end of the 09 ski season. SKI MOUNTAINEERING COMPETITION CANADA has chosen a goal of getting a full national team to the ISMF World Championships in Andorra in March of 2010. Selection criteria will consider results in the 2009 rankings, and potentially early-2010 events, as well as less-tangible, but equally important factors such as availability, health, resources, and commitment. Exact details and application procedures will be forwarded to all Canadian athletes currently registered with the SMCC. Team selection will take place earlier than usual, to provide time for arranging funding, work leaves, and sponsorship.

The unfortunate withdrawal of the North American Championships from WHISTLER leaves a space on our calendar. The ski community there regrets the loss and promises to be back with a high-profile event next year. Last minute plans for an alternate race may or may not bear fruit – stay tuned.

Register for SMCC races via the form attached to the end of this announcement, via the www.skimocanada.org URL or through the Alpine Club of Canada website or office 403 678 3200. Information for each event can be found at the dedicated event websites linked from there.

David Dornian, chair

Results for Mountain Storm – Mar 7, 2009

The third round of the Canadian Skimo Cup for 2009 season was hosted at the Fernie Alpine Resort.

Once again, during the Mountain Storm event a true snow storm hit the mountain which added to the overall challenge of the race.

Three days of snowing and the resort’s highest chairlift failure provided competitors with great powder skiing and many of them took tumbles and head-first falls.

The race was won by a Canadian fast man – Reiner Thoni – very closely followed by another fast charging competitors.

Women’s main race was won by Julie Matteau who moved this winter to Revelstoke to devote herself to full time ski bumming.

Complete results are here:

Mountain Storm – Mar 7, 2009

Results for ROAM Randonnee Rally – Feb 21, 2009

Whitewater ski resort near Nelson, BC hosted the second leg of the Canadian Skimo Cup for the 2009 season. The event was part of the famed Cold Smoke Powder Fest.

Good spirits and powder made this event once again a success.

The race was won by a “Bavarian machine” – Benedikt Bohm – who was closely followed by Brandon French and Ben Parsons of USA.

Full results are attached:

ROAM Randonnee Rally – Feb 21, 2009

Results for Sunshine 5000 – Feb 7, 2009

The Sunshine 5000 event kicked of the Canadian Ski Mountaineering Cup series for the 2009 season.

True to its name – Sunshine Village – the resort provided a fantastic weather with sunny skies, some wind but decent temperatures.

Top two spots were taken by unstoppable Americans – Ben Parsons and Brendon French – who are arguably the fastest on the continent.

Full results are attached in a PDF file:

Sunshine 5000 – Feb 7, 2009