January 25, 2017
Canmore, AB – Sunny and beautiful Lake Louise provided another perfect back drop for the third stop on the season’s Alpine Insurance Alberta Cup FIS Series. The 4-day event started on Thursday and Friday, (January 19th and 20th) with giant slalom racing held on the same track as the World Cup Downhill. Starting from just above “coaches jump” the ladies and men’s field contested terrain and good snow conditions, over a variety of sets navigating some 36-38 gates in the traditional 2 run format. On the weekend, slalom races had the same start but finished higher up the slope at Timing Flats. Alpine Insurance Alberta Ski Team veterans led the races, with Georgia Burgess and Keegan Sharp taking the overall win each day. AST teammates Meg Cumming picked up 3 silver medals while male counterparts Liam Wallace grabbed 3 silvers and a bronze in Saturday’s slalom and Mikey Soetaert took home a silver in the 1st slalom and 2 bronze medals (GS1, SL2).
There were also a number of standout top 10 performances from other AST members as well as many from up and coming club athletes whose efforts paid off, improving their FIS points and series rankings. Alberta Alpine Athletics Director, Cam Stephen was pleased with the event, citing his “sincere thanks for a wonderful series of racing this past weekend!” to the Lake Louise Ski Club and host ROC. He also pointed out that races such as these provide “essential opportunities for advancement of younger FIS racers” as they “gain necessary experience and exposure to compete at higher levels in the sport.”
The Alpine Insurance Alberta Cup FIS Series continues with 2 slalom races on February 24 and 25 at Mt. Norquay.
See full results on the FIS website.
Review Alpine Insurance Alberta Cup FIS Series Standings 2017 here