RMR skiers stoked for GS event

Red Mountain is to host the zone Giant Slalom event.

Coming off great results in Whitewater, the Red Mountain Racers host B.C. Alpine’s Teck U16 and U14 zone Giant Slalom at Red this weekend, and look to duplicate last month’s march to the podium.

Over 60 racers will compete, including 39 women and 29 men that will race down the mountain in two Giant Slalom events on each day Saturday and Sunday.

Led by 13-year-old Jane Andison from Rossland, the 20 Red Mountain Racers posted 32 top-10 finishes, including nine gold medals, five silver, and four bronze at the White Water event, Jan. 12-13.

Andison swept all four races winning gold in each and looks to continue her run to the top of the podium, in spite of a few butterflies along the way.

“I felt really nervous,” says the undefeated Andison, “but by the last race, I was really pumped and ready to go for it.”

The young racer is asked by even younger racers what it is like to be on the podium for a ski race.

“It is a great feeling and you feel like you’ve accomplished something special.”

Andison like all racers will hit the hill for two races on Saturday and two on Sunday.

“I just want to ski as aggressively as I can.”

Meanwhile in Whistler, Red Mountain Racer Soleil Patterson took seventh and eighth spot out of a field of 64 at the 33rd annual Bob Parson’s U16 B.C. Speed championship last week.

It’s a great finish for the 14-year-old Rossland native, who also grabbed third in the team competition. RMR academy student Arina Rora placed first in the team combined race.

RMR skiers hitting the slopes this weekend are Mattias Hoffman, Morgan Gash, Orion Humpherys, Vasily Koltsov, Daniel Larriu Altadill, Isacc Lunn, Noah Lunn, and Gavin Patterson.

The girls team consists of Andison, Soleil Patterson, Samantha Gaul, Liene Groeger, Kaysa Panke, Sophia Rodyakin, Arina Rora, and September Stefani.