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GET IN THE GATES: Sun Peaks Alpine Club will host two races to open the 2016 schedule. - Photo Submitted
GET IN THE GATES: Sun Peaks Alpine Club will host two races to open the 2016 schedule. – Photo Submitted

The Sun Peaks Alpine Club will kick off the New Year by hosting a pair of races.
Competition will open for the 2016 season with the Teck Open Series race from Jan. 8 to 10. The race will feature the top racers in the U16 age group and up from across
the province.

“It’s a good chance to showcase what we have to the province in terms of a training facility and race environment,” said Montana Molyneux, head coach of the Sun Peaks Alpine Club.

Sun Peaks will have nine racers represented in the first competition of the season.

“We have a really good group of eight or nine kids that have moved up together and they were provincially ranked last year in U14, and to have them come up and be exposed to the provincial series I think they’re really excited for it and probably a little bit nervous,” said Molyneux.

The U12 and U14 age groups will take to the race course the following weekend as the Teck Okanagan Zone Race comes to Sun Peaks. Around 25 local racers will take part in the competition on Jan. 16 and 17.

“We have some fast little guys, and hopefully we can keep progressing and keep them loving ski racing,” Molyneux said.

“Everyone is starting to get a little anxious to get in gates and I think everyone is looking forward to the competitions.”

That race will also serve as a qualifier for the BC Winter Games that will be held from Feb. 25 to 28 at Red Mountain. The Alpine Club’s U14 racers will look to punch their ticket racing on their home mountain.

“That will be a really good event, I think they’re all excited to go over there,” Molyneux said.

The racers from Sun Peaks will have an advantage over the competition thanks to strong early season training. The training began on Nov. 9 and has been going
strong since.

“We’re lucky here because not only do we have a good training space and have a great facility, but our athletes get to be exposed to other teams and see how other kids their age are training,” Molyneux said.

The club will be holding a training camp over the Holidays, which will be the first chance for racers of all ages to be on the mountain at the same time. The camp will run for three or four days depending on the age group, and will serve as the first chance for the younger racers to ski with the club while the older skiers fine tune their skills ahead of the races.

“Everyone will have a different training environment based on their age,” Molyneux said. “The younger kids get to know their coaches and get back on snow and get into the program and get a little bit of a head start before their season actually starts in January.”