On the freestyle ski circuit, it was a season to remember for Kelowna’s Ainsley MacDonald.
Aside from a broken collarbone, the Apex Ski Club member accomplished pretty much everything she set out to do in 2016-17.
MacDonald won the overall B.C. Slopestyle series, while finishing second overall in the provincial moguls series.
Other major podium finishes included gold in slopestyle and silver in moguls at the opening Timber Tour event in Apex in January, and silver in both events at the second series stop in Whistler in February.
Two weeks ago at Silver Star, in the U14 division, MacDonald won silver in both events at the Timber Tour provincial championships.
MacDonald then broke her collarbone while skiing—not in competition—and wasn’t able to compete in big air.
However, she said competing in the championships was a fun experience, even in challenging conditions from fog.
“It wasn’t my best performance in the moguls. I had almost crashed on the top air off my 360,” said MacDonald, a Kelowna resident, who joined AFC from Big White to get into moguls. “It’s very exciting (to medal).
“It shows to me that my work this year has paid off. I’ve worked really hard.”
Although she earned a spot on the B.C. team for junior nationals in slopestyle this week in Whistler, she was unable to compete due to the collarbone injury.
MacDonald also competed for Team B.C. at the junior nationals for moguls in March and placed seventh overall.