Downhill skiing: Nancy Greene skiers rise to occasion at Phoenix

The Nancy Greene Ski League drew to a close this past weekend but not before its young athletes finished on a high note.

The Nancy Greene Ski League drew to a close this past weekend but not before its young athletes finished on a high note.

The final Nancy Greene race, at Phoenix Mountain, saw U10 athletes get individual results for the first time this season.  Chase Eagleton swept the U10 boys while Emelia Hoffman did the same in the U10 girls. Iman Livingstone and  Finlay Kinghorn, also took podium spots in the U10 category.

Sage Stefani finished her racing season with a stellar silver medal in the U12 girls category, achieving a goal she had  trained for all season.

All the racers had a fun day and medals were had by all.  The RMR teams, which included athletes from Rossland, Trail, Fruitvale, and Castlegar, achieved gold in the team results.

But the racing isn’t over, and the best is yet to come, as Red Mountain Resort and Red Mountain Racers are hosting the U16 Provincial Championships in Slalom and Giant Slalom this week.

The action starts Thursday and continues through to Sunday.

“The snow was really hard and fast during training on Sunday,” says Christine Andison, Race organizer for this week’s event. “We are going to have some pretty outstanding racing.”

Featured at this event is Red Mountain’s own Soleil Patterson who comes off a stellar performance sweeping both days of the Giant Slalom at Red in late February.

Also featured are Red Mountain Academy students Liene Groeger (Germany) and Arina Rora. Arina is representing Red Mountain Racers and is here training from Romania.  She has just come back from competing in her national championships at home, with a gold in GS and a bronze in Slalom.

But to make the event an unqualified success, Andison is on the lookout for volunteers.

“This is a great opportunity to help out the community and also to see some very high calibre athletes competing against some very formidable homegrown talent.”

If interested contact Andison at andison@shaw.ca or 362-5135.