Local skier leads the way

This past weekend Mt. Washington was host to the provincial championships for K1 ski racing. And the local team came out as the strongest team in the province.

Kole Harle of Campbell River was in top form

This past weekend Mt. Washington was host to the provincial championships for K1 ski racing. And the local team came out as the strongest team in the province.

This huge event hosted more than 160 ski racers. Three days of racing with 10 different courses demanded the work of hundreds of volunteers.

“We could not have put on such a huge event without the time put in by volunteers. A big thanks goes out to the Marmots,” says Steve Frame, president of the race club.

The paramount effort was worth it as the Mt. Washington racers reaped the benefits of all their hours of training.

The first day the boys raced slalom and Kole Harle of Campbell River skied to a gold medal and sixth place finish; Liam Gilchrist finished 7th and 9th; Logan Frame placed  10th and 11th; and Robby Yelland finished 24th and 30th.

The next day the boys raced giant slalom. Harle won another gold and fifth; Gilchrist earned a bronze and 5th; Frame, 9th and 11th; and Yelland 29th and 31st.

For the girls, Maja Nymann and Keegan McCooey raced well in a strong field of 85 girls. In the giant slalom Maja finished 13th and 16th, and Keegan finished 28th and 29th. The slalom found Maja in 12th and 69th place and Keegan in 23rd and 12th. In the combi, Maja raced to sixth and Keegan to 11th.

With these results the Mount Washington Alpine Racing team finished as one of the top teams in B.C. The skiers now wait to see if they qualified for the Whistler Cub, an international ski race in Whistler.