The Season So Far… and What’s Next?

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

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