April 18, 2018

Hi everyone,

The past few weeks have been quite busy with lots of racing. Before Easter, lots of the team participated in the BOZO Cup and we had a great time. The head to head racing format and costumes made for an exciting atmosphere. Congratulations to Zoe for the win and Ashleigh, Liam, and Adrien for making it onto the podium. Thank you to the Bosinger Family for putting on the event; I look forward to doing it again next year!

Zoe wins BOZO!

Zoe wins BOZO!

After Easter, the team headed to Panorama for spring series. We arrived to blue skies and bullet-proof snow and knew we were going to have a good time. First, we raced Super-G and the track was relatively short, but had lots of terrain to make up for it. The mornings were quite early because, in Spring, you have to take advantage of the hard snow conditions before it warms up. On the first day, the girls were done racing before the hill even opened at 9:00 to the public! Then we moved onto tech with two GS and two SL races. The hill held up well, despite a large field of racers, which made for a fair race. Overall, the team did very well achieving several podiums and personal best results. Claire even got her first two FIS wins! The final day was special as my Panorama teammates (Harry, Thomas, Drew, Taylor, and Jedd) and a few other athletes skied their last race. It was sad to see them go, but I wish them luck in all their future adventures.

This week I have been catching up on school and have also had time to reflect on the season. I am happy to have achieved my goals and to have enjoyed myself in the process. We are lucky to have had such an awesome group of teammates and coaches this year to share experiences with. Unfortunately, many of my teammates got injured and couldn’t ski the whole season. However, I’m sure they will make good recoveries and get back to doing what they love soon. To my teammates who are retiring from ski racing this year and moving onto new things, I wish you all the best, you will be missed.

I would like to thank all the volunteers that help out at our races, the Alberta Alpine staff, Alpine Insurance, Descente, Sporting Life, Dale of Norway, Nakiska, SkiBig3, Silvertip Resort, Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge, and Western Buick GMC. I would also like to personally thank Fischer, Swix, and Uvex.

-Jamie Casselman






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