SPAC hosts U16 nationals in March

RACE SEASON STARTS: Sun Peaks racers Shaylyn Kovacs flies down the giant slalom course at the Teck Open provincial race. - Photo by Jamie Shinkewski
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This March 180 U16 racers will descend on Sun Peaks while the Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) hosts the junior Canadian Alpine Nationals.

SPAC program director Wade Rettie said the event is an opportunity to showcase Sun Peaks to the country.

“We were chosen because of the strength of the ski resort and the strength of the community…It’s definitely a source of pride that BC Alpine likes the way we run races and host races and have faith in our ability to pull the race off.

“We’re showcasing our village, we’re not just showcasing our race centre.”

Between 400 and 500 people are expected to be in Sun Peaks for the March 9 to 14 event.
Racers, which will be selected to attend from two early season races, will take part in GS, Super G, Slalom and Ski Cross competitions.

“We’re working with the resort and TSP (Tourism Sun Peaks) to create some events around the event itself…we’re trying to make it more than just a race,” Rettie said. “For these kids that are travelling across the country, for some this will be the biggest race they ever go to. We have an opportunity to create a scenario they’ll never forget.”

Volunteers will be needed for the event. More specific information will be available from BC Alpine in January.

“More than anything, this is an opportunity for people to come see the best 14 and 15 year olds from across the country compete on our home mountain.”