Jack Watt races at a Nancy Greene event in Salmon on Feb. 5.

Skiers compete at Salmo

The Summit Lake Racers travelled to Salmo for a Nancy Greene Ski League racing event on Sunday, Feb. 5.

  • Sat Feb 11th, 2012 8:00am
  • Sports

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The Summit Lake Racers travelled to Salmo for a Nancy Greene Ski League racing event on Sunday, Feb. 5. Once again Salmo did not disappoint and out came the sun! Out came the goggles and sunglasses too. Everyone was still surprised by the cool -10 C. Salmo is a perfect hill for competitors and spectators alike. The finish line is right outside of the lodge and the course is easily visible from the base area. The top of the course is easily accessed by the skiers. So whether you are skiing or watching the races, it is great!

We entered three teams of combined E1/E2/E3 racers totalling 27 children ranging in ages 4 to 12. Up the T-bar they went to discover the snowpack to be hard, groomed and fast. There were two courses: a stubbie slalom and a giant slalom (GS) which were run back to back by 129 participants. The stubbie slalom course was very fast and crunchy with a couple of tricky spots which really tested the teams. However, the sun softened up the snow for the second GS course which by nature is more wide open. From the smiles on all the faces it was obvious that the GS was by far the more satisfying and fun race.

On the podium: E3 racers Everett Harrison, Rhys McLeod,  Ivy Tourand and Solomon Tupper brought home medals! Our three teams together finished the day in solid standing.

Unfortunately the complete race results weren’t available by press time, but look online at www.arrowlakesnews.com for the listings.

Thank you to our Salmo hosts for a well organized day. We are looking forward to hosting the third of  five West Kootenay Zone Races at Summit Lake Ski Hill this Sunday, Feb. 12. Go Team Go! See you there.