The 130 athletes of the Sun Peaks Alpine Club enjoyed fantastic pre-season ski conditions to begin training for the year. On Nov. 13, they converged on the mountain for the first time this season to prepare for upcoming races.
“The snowmaking has been amazing, the resort has done a really good job at getting the snowmaking right,” said Montana Molyneux, head coach of the Sun Peaks Alpine Club.
“(Right now) we have a product where no one else in B.C. is able to ski at their home clubs. And that is a combined effort from the Sun Peaks club and the volunteers, along with patrol and the grooming and snowmaking at the resort.”
Hundreds of skiers from other teams have also visited to take advantage of the training centre. Teams from Japan, Alberta, Washington (and other U.S. states) were on the mountain training, fully booking all December spaces. All training lanes on O.S.V. and Chute runs were in use for the camps.
The Sun Peaks team hopes this season will bring the same provincial and international results they enjoyed last year. After a strong performance in the 2014-15 season, Molyneux said while some skiers will now be competing in new categories, the club has many strong racers to watch. To achieve this, they train every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The first zone race and the first open series will be hosted at Sun Peaks in January.
“Last year they developed the open series and we held the first one last December,”
“Having the first one here again this year is exciting: it’s a good event for Sun Peaks Resort and the Alpine Club to put on to show the quality resort we have on a provincial level. It also promotes to other teams and encourages them to come for pre-season training.”
The club continues to grow every year and there is still time to join. Racers can also still register for the Nancy Greene Ski League which begins in January.
Molyneux said the club encourages and supports growth in all areas of their skiing and that the skills learned go far beyond skiing.
The club is always looking for new volunteers for races.