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Teck U14 provincial ski championships at Purden this weekend

Skier carving a turn. Michael Iwasaki photo
Skier carving a turn. Michael Iwasaki photo

More than 170 young downhill racers are now arriving in Prince George to compete this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Purden Ski Hill in the TECK U14 Provincials.

Organized and hosted by a small army of volunteers with Prince George Ski Club, it is the largest gathering of racers this season under the provincial BC Alpine umbrella.

“We are hosting a greater number of downhill racers for this event than we did for Canada Winter Games a few years back, so it’s been no small effort to bring it together over the last year,” said Eduard Hausot, President of the Prince George Ski Club.

Racers, age 12 and 13 exclusively, will compete in slalom and GS races on Friday and Saturday. Sunday presents the dual “side-by-side”, an especially lively event for spectating as racers speed head to head down one of Purden’s steepest slopes.

“For most of these kids, this will be the biggest event they ever complete in,” added Hausot. “From here on, it’s the best athletes from these clubs that will pursue the path to U16 competitions, nationals and ultimately the FIS and development teams.”

The Prince George Ski Club gratefully acknowledges title/series sponsor TECK, as well as our own season sponsors – Central Builders, RBC, Westcana Signs & Graphics and Royal LePage. Special thanks also to Tourism PG and the City of Prince George for funding assistance with the SportPG Hosting Grant.

The Prince George Ski Club is a non-profit organization that provides exceptional alpine ski training in northern B.C.  It develops strong skiers and athletes through specialized training programs, all while having fun.

The club’s aim is to provide high quality and affordable ski racing development programs for children five to 18 years old, where each member can develop their skiing ability to their own highest potential in a fun and safe club environment.

Young racer poses at netting/ bottom of Purden course
Young racer poses at netting/ bottom of Purden course