Ski Club ends season with races in Panorama, Banff and Whistler
Contributed by the Revelstoke Ski Club
The Revelstoke Ski Club FIS team has been busy the past two weeks racing the Miele Spring series April 1-6 in Panorama, B.C., and April 14 and 15 at Mt. Norquay near Banff.
Competing against National team members Mike Janyk, Jan Hudec, Ben Thomsen as well as development team member Eric Read, the FIS athletes were inspired by their heroes as well as were looking forward to improving their FIS points in the series.
With 130 men in the field Dominic Unterberger led the local results earning a 31st in slalom, 33rd in giant slalom and 44th in super G in Panorama. Against a smaller field in soft spring conditions at Norquay, Unterberger came home with a 15th best slalom result.
Lachlan Hicks earned a 53rd in SL, 57th in GS and a 64th in SG at Panorama and a 17th in slalom at Norquay. Peter Behncke went hard but struggled to finish races and came home with a 55th best finish in SG at Panorama and a 22nd in slalom at Norquay. Cole Smith earned a best result of 60th in Panorama and 27th in Norquay.
On the women’s side Emily Unterberger skied consistently throughout the week at Panorama, earning a 41st in GS and 42nd in SG. Jamie Park completed the SG at Panorama with a 21st and earned a 12th in slalom at Norquay; and Noemi Petit left Panorama with a 50th best finish in SG and 20th in slalom.
Revelstoke was also represented at the 20th Whistler Cup by Mitchell Smith, Max Scharf and Callum Hicks. Under sunny skies and warming snow the weekend started with SG on the newly developed Dave Murray National Training Center. Scharf topped the Revelstoke athletes with a 16th place and Hicks was 36th.
The following day saw the boys move to the slalom course with Smith earning a 12th place and Scharf a 17th.
GS was the final event of the weekend which saw a 24th finish for Smith and 38th for Scharf. Hicks struggled in the soft snow on Saturday and Sunday and did not complete his runs.
The Revelstoke athletes are storing their skis for next few months while they pursue other sporting interests over the spring and summer. It won’t be long however before they start planning for their late summer and fall training.
Thanks to all the athletes, coaches and supporters of the club for a great season. The Revelstoke Ski Club is currently hosting an online auction for a four day houseboat vacation with Waterways Houseboats on Shuswap Lake. Log into the Revelstoke Ski Club at website www.revelstokeskiclub.info for further details. Bidding closes Apr. 30.