December 9, 2016
Lake Louise, AB – Unbelievably beautiful but frigid conditions welcomed racers to the start of the 2016-17 FIS Nor-Am Cup circuit in Lake Louise. Beginning the day after heavy snow blanketed the ladies Winterstart World Cup Super G, the skies cleared Monday morning as temperatures plummeted to -30C with day time highs hovering near -20C. The downhill track that was prepared by the Winterstart race crew Sunday evening as the ladies flew back to Europe, quickly turned super solid and slick. The snow surface was buffed as the Nor-Am volunteers which included the world famous, ”Net Monkies” took over Canada’s and North America’s longest running and arguably most successful Continental Cup speed series.
This year’s top performers for the ladies were all juniors with the first race on December 7th won by Canada’s Stefanie Fleckenstein. USA’s Alice Merryweather finished in second and New Zealand’s Georgia Willinger placed third. The next day, December 8th, the same three ladies mixed it up on the podium with Willinger taking her first ever NorAm Cup victory, Merryweather was again in second and Fleckenstein third.
For the men, day one of racing was won by USA’s Nicholas Krause, followed by Canadian’s Tyler Werry and fellow teammate, Broderick Thompson in third. The junior podium found Canadian Simon Fournier on the top step, with the Americans Erik Arvidsson in second and Sam Morse, third.
Day two of men’s racing saw Tyler Werry move up to the top step with the win followed closely by Broderick Thompson in second and Sweden’s Felix Monsen in third. Top juniors on day two were American Florian Szwebel 1st, Alberta Team and Banff Alpine Racers alumnus Jeffrey Read of Canada 2nd and USA’s Erik Arvidsson, 3rd.
Alberta Alpine played host to the series with remarkable support from a small but mighty army of dedicated volunteers, Lake Louise Resort, Winterstart World Cup Events and Alpine Canada Alpin.
The Nor-Am circuit continues on Sunday, December 11th in Panorama, BC.