February 14, 2017
2017 Sunridge Ski Cross Challenge, Edmonton, AB
This year’s Ski Cross Challenge was one for the books and will be long remembered by all athletes, families, fans and volunteers that took part. January 6-8, 2017, Sunridge Alpine Ski Team hosted FIS Nor-AM Cup and Matrix Western Series Ski Cross races at Sunridge Ski Area.
A few of our club parents volunteered for the 2016 Nakiska Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup. They came back to our home turf armed with knowledge, experience and even a couple autographs.
Hosting both events in 2017 was a welcome challenge, to the volunteers it’s just like standing on the podium. Our team had the honor to show off our dedication to the discipline.
The entire event was very rewarding for attending Club racers who were able to see world class athletes race our home track. Inspecting, training and participating in a race with the Next Gen Canadian Ski Cross Team, C and D level National Development Team athletes from across Canada, as well as several from the USA, and one from Paraguay was an invaluable experience which reinforced their love of ski cross racing.
The excitement didn’t stop there. We had multiple media outlets throughout the 3 day event interviewing volunteers, athletes as well as taking in the races.
At our RiverX Rush banquet on the Saturday evening, we also unveiled and awarded for the first time, the RiverX Cup. An annual trophy awarded to the men’s and ladies’ ACA Open Class overall winner of the Sunridge hosted SX races.
The hosted event was made especially rewarding upon receiving thank you messages:
“On behalf of Alpine Canada and Canada Ski Cross, I would like to officially thank Sunridge Ski Club, the ROC and all of the volunteers for a fantastic race series this past weekend,” said Lauren Kucera, Sport Development Manager for Ski Cross. “The race was run extremely well and we are very lucky to have clubs and ROC’s like yours within our province. It is also amazing to see that the passion for ski cross is alive and well within Alberta.”
We are excited to be able to integrate SX as a discipline right along SL, GS, SG, and DH in our alpine ski racing programs and are hopeful to host this caliber of event again. Thank you ACA and AASA for your support.
FIS Nor-Am Race Video:
Matrix Western Race Video:
For more information, contact Erin Klassen at 780-952-5868
Media Coverage Hyperlinks:
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