March 30, 2017
Mont Tremblant, QC – Alpine Insurance Alberta Ski Team took to the slopes of Mont Tremblant, Quebec on the weekend and early part of the week for the 2017 Sports Experts Canadian Championships GS and SL events. Sunny skies and cool winter like weather welcomed the country’s provincial and national teams as they came together to contest the final stop in this year’s long series as well as the Provincial Cup Team event. Beginning on Saturday, March 25th, the men’s GS was the first event of the championships which was won by Alberta Team alumnus and current CAST team member Trevor Philp. Philp beat out his teammates Dustin Cook, 2nd and Phil Brown 3rd. Exciting for Team Alberta was the outstanding performance of Keegan Sharp who hails from Team Pano, in winning the junior category (U21). Sharp skied very fast to stay ahead of Canadian Devo Team and former teammate from Alberta, Jeffery Read who placed second. Jake Gougeon from the Ontario Ski Team took 3rd in the junior category.
Later that afternoon, the Team event saw the big 4 go toe to toe with matches made up of male and female athletes both from the Provincial and National Teams to compete in the dual single elimination format. Despite having a terrific lineup, both Alberta Team 1 and 2 were knocked out in the first round. Team Ontario eventually emerged as the overall to Province. Congratulations to Candace Crawford, Phil Brown, Ali Nullmeyer and Henry Luel on their gutsy performance.
Sunday morning brought continued conditions for the ladies GS. Alberta’s Georgia Burgess had a solid 1st run finishing in 11th overall, however in taking chances to move up in the rankings, went out in the 2nd run and did not finish. Burgess’s teammate Meg Cumming did not finish the first run. Alberta’s Stephanie Profitt who races for Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont ended up 17th overall and former AST member, Haley McKercher (now at McGill University) placed 30th. CAST and local Temblant athlete Valerier Grenier persevered through both runs to end up Canadian Ladies GS Champion ahead of CAST teammates Candace Crawford 2nd and Ali Nullmeyer 3rd.
On Monday, the weather turned to spring showers and with soft conditions the men’s slalom was anything but easy. Taking the day overall were 2 Americans: AJ Ginnis in 1st and Michael Ankeny in 2nd. CAST Phil Brown rounded out the podium in 3rd overall. For the juniors, it was all CAST Devo Teamers with Sam Mulligan (BC) taking top spot followed by Jeffery Read (AB) 2nd and Huston Philp (AB), 3rd.
On the final day the weather was more of the same for a wet ladies slalom. Unfortunately for the Alberta ladies, none made the final standings as both Georgia Burgess and Stephanie Profitt did not make it to finish line in the 2nd run and Meg Cumming was disqualified for missing a gate. The race was won my CAST veteran and slalom star Erin Mielzynski. Teammates Marie Machele Gagnon was 2nd and Laurence St-Germain, 3rd.
Many thanks to ACA, SQA and the Mont Tremblant Ski Club for hosting a successful conclusion to the 2017 Sports Experts Canadian Technical Championships. Afterwards, the Alpine Insurance Alberta Ski Team moved directly on to Quebec City for the Eastern FIS Spring Super Series to be held March 30 – April 2nd in Le Relais and Stoneham. When that series is over, the team flies to the other end of the country for the Western FIS Spring Series in Whistler April 5-10. The season will conclude for these road warriors at the Alpine Insurance Alberta Cup FIS Series Finals in Mt. Norquay, April 14 and 15.