February 13, 2020

Alberta Winter Games – U14 Ski Cross Update

Over 120 U14 racers took part in a fun team event designed to introduce Alberta ski racers to the thrills, challenges and fun associated with Ski Cross.

Ski Cross is a ski discipline that combines jumps, rollers, banked corners and other features with four skiers racing at the same time. In the traditional event, the top two athletes in each heat advance to the next round of racing. For the Alberta Winter Games, athletes were assigned to teams named after National Team athletes and points were awarded by the finish order of each heat.

Canada Ski Cross is the number one ranked team in the world, with athletes like world champion Kevin Drury, Cross Alps Champion Kris Mahler, Olympic Gold Medalist Brady Leman, Silver Medalist Britt Phelan and former world champion Marielle Thompson on Team Canada.

Alberta is home to the only provincial level ski cross team in Canada. Athletes from across Canada come to Alberta to train with our local FIS teams and fantastic ski cross environments.

The Long Term Athlete Development plan updated this year by Alpine Canada states that Ski Cross should be a vital part of all training regimens. From drills as simple as follow the leader to fun ski cross races like the U14 Alberta Winter Games, Ski Cross is a vital and fun training skill for athletes at every club.

With over 840 runs completed at Canyon this weekend, the U14 race was fun, fast and safe.

Congratulations to Team Tansley for winning GOLD. Team Phalen and Drury were very close but had to settle for silver and bronze.

Look for more Ski Cross training in the coming months as the spring training opportunities are finalized.

View the Alberta Ski Cross Team here.

For those looking for more ski cross races, the Western Ski Cross series continues in Fernie February 21 – 23 and Big White March 27 – 29.

Pictured:
Athlete: Addison Schroeder, CARC
Photo: Scott Schroeder, CARC

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