SOBC Snow Sports Festival returning to West Kelowna

After providing great racing and development opportunities in its inaugural year, the Special Olympics BC (SOBC) Snow Sports Festival is set to return to West Kelowna Feb. 7 to 9, 2014.

First held in March 2013, the competitive event brings together Special Olympics athletes from all over the province to race in alpine skiing events at Crystal Mountain Resort and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing events at Telemark Nordic Club.

The SOBC Snow Sports Festival will also serve as a regional qualifier for athletes seeking to advance to the 2015 SOBC Winter Games in Kamloops.

"The athletes train extremely hard in their weekly programs, and competitions are where they can put everything they've learned into motion and celebrate their successes from training," said Cari Henri, SOBC Manager, Sport.

"The excitement of the athletes when they attend qualifiers is overwhelming."

Roughly 58 alpine skiers, 45 cross-country skiers and 70 snowshoeing athletes are expected to compete in the 2014 festival.

In addition to the competitive action, the Snow Sports Festival will also give athletes and coaches the chance to take part in educational opportunities and functional testing that helps establish baseline data from which to track the athletes' improvements and achievements.

"Telemark and Crystal Mountain were amazing hosts last year, and we were so grateful for the enthusiastic support we received from local volunteers.

"We hope volunteers will again be interested in getting involved, because it's a lot of fun and very rewarding to interact with the athletes."

Those who are interested in getting involved can contact Cari Henri by e-mail,, or phone, 1-888-854-2276.


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