Red Mountain Racer Report: Racers ready to go

With the deluge of new snow, the Red Mountain Racers can’t wait to jump out of the starting gate and begin their downhill ski season.

With the deluge of new snow, the Red Mountain Racers can’t wait to jump out of the starting gate and begin their downhill ski season.

The Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) is offering a three day mini-camp over the Christmas holidays, Dec. 27-29, for children participating in the program in the New Year.

“There is still time to register for NGSL,” says head coach Phil Patterson. “The NGSL mini camp is an invite-a-friend event.  It’s a great opportunity to see what NGSL is all about and, for those on the fence, an opportunity to give it a try before signing up.”

Registered Nancy Greene athletes are welcomed, and encouraged to bring a friend to this low-pressure, high-fun camp.

Meanwhile, volunteers with Red Mountain Racers took time out of their busy schedules to do some brushing on the T-Bar line while others worked at renovating the timing shacks and storage container.

“We aren’t finished,” says Yuro Ihns, the newly minted president of RMR. “But we have certainly made some valuable progress.”

The improvements were made possible thanks to Junior Hamm Carpentry, Home Hardware in Trail, and Al Walker of Monashee Electric.

Red Mountain Racer alumni have also been carving out new  and exciting paths. Sasha Zaitsoff was selected to the National Team for the second straight year and just placed fourth at a NorAm event at Panorama where he was only 0.07 seconds off the podium.

FIS racers Kali Butler and Stephen Fry will be training at Panorama again this year, and had the opportunity to train on the World Cup course at Lake Louise last week. Both were selected to forerun the Ladies event.  Check out Stephen’s runs on the video page of the Red Mountain Racer’s website.

All Red Mountain Racers, including Nancy Greene skiers are required to wear hard-eared helmets for training as well as racing.

Butch Boutry’s Ski Shop has an excellent selection of hard-eared helmets in all price ranges and all sizes, and Powderhound also has a selection of hard-eared helmets for youth as well.

It is shaping up to be an exciting year at Red Mountain Resort and for Red Mountain Racers.

Organizers encourage residents to check out the RMR website for events, races, and opportunities to volunteer to help make this a successful season. For information or to register, please go to redmountainracers.com., or email ngsl@redmountainracers.com.