A talented roster of Big White Racers put up some strong results at several races across the B.C. Interior this month. Athletes as young as five competed in the Nancy Green Zone Finals at Silver Star Ski resort March 1 and 2. The Vernon Ski Club hosted over 200 Nancy Greene Athletes competing for the title of zone champion. Big White had several podium finishes including 2004 silver medalist Zoe Torres, 2006 Gold medalists Liv Willoughby and Max Wright, 2007 Gold Medalist Taryn Schrock and 2008 bronze medalist Erika Hveding. The 2009 girls swept the podium with gold medalist Payton Betker silver medalist Katherine Pearce and bronze medalist Kadence Witzel.
Big White hosted the Provincial finals for U12 athletes March 8 and 9. The U12 Interzone race was attended by 36 ladies and 37 men from Apex, Big White, Grouse, Prince George, Red Mountain, Sun Peaks, Vernon and Whistler. The race consisted of a series of four races over two days—two Slalom, two GS. Big White athletes Jaxon Slaney, Hallie Jenkins and Luke McMillan produced podium placing results and Amy Jorgenson, Pippa Kolking, Ana Large, Adam Fricska and William Little earned top 10 placements during the event. Jenkins earned the title of top Big White Racer finishing 3, 7, 5 and 2 in the four races. Slaney followed closely finishing 2, 6, 4 and 4.
The Big White Ski Cross team travelled to Prince George Tabor Mountain March 8 and 9 for race 3 in the Western Canada Ski Cross Series. Big White’s U14 athlete R.J. Lukinuk raced to a third place bronze medal podium finish.
Big White Racers team competed in the U14 provincial race March 13 to16 at Sun Peaks Resort. Ninety-six ladies and 104 men competed in the 4 day event consisting of five races 2—single run GS, 2 single run SL and one combined time GS. Athletes from Apex, Big White, Cypress, Fernie, Grouse, Hemlock, Lightning Creek, Mt Washington, Prince George, Red Mountain, Revelstoke, Seymour, Sun Peaks, Vernon and Whistler participated in the event. Big White’s Gillian Callaghan, Sophie Schrieder and Quinn Rasmussen broke into the top 10 during the race series with 6th and 7th (Callaghan), 10th (Schroeder) and 9th, 9th, and 10th (Rasmussen) place finishes.