Big White hosts ski cross series opener

The first race in the Western Canada Open Ski Cross Series will be hosted by Big White this weekend, Jan. 18 and 19.

The Big White Racers Ski Club has been collaborating with B.C. Alpine and Alberta Alpine to put together an open ski cross series so that existing ski club members as well as members of the public can experience the exhilarating thrill of skiing down the course in groups of four.

The series consists of four races: Big White Jan. 18 and 19, Lake Louise Feb. 1 and 2, Prince George March 8 and 9, and back to Lake Louise March 22 and 23).

The first day will involve training and qualification runs, the second day will be set up in race heats of four in a knock-out format. There will be a consolation round so every racer will get at least two races.

All ski clubs in B.C. and Alberta can participate. It is hoped there will be  also representation from at least one ski club from Washington State. Stanley Hayer, former Olympian Ski Cross racer, will be bringing his Alberta Ski Cross team to compete before hitting the NorAm circuit.

Coach Dustin Koepke will be leading Big White Racer’s ski cross team in the challenge.  Two athletes born in 1999 and 2000 competing in the series will be eligible to represent B.C. in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

This program is open to children ages 8 and up, with categories to be arranged by age group.

Athletes can register online at


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