(March 17, 2012) - The alpine ski season came to an abrupt end this weekend as temperatures soared... But the weather wasn't the only thing that was hot! The Summit Ski Club secured it's fourth Manitoba Cup Provincial Club Championship in a row at the season finals, held at the Assesspipi Ski Area and Resort.
The Club Championship is based on an accumulation of points gained from sucesses of club athletes at all levels of competition. Two big points earners for the Summit Ski Club, this year, were Tory Hisplop and Steven Horbas who were the Manitoba Overall Female and Male Champions. Both athletes had excellent seasons. Congratulations to them both!
On the women's side, Summit owned the podium, taking the top four spots. Right behind Tori were Sam French, Sara Telles-Langon and Anna Blankstein! What an amazing showing!
While the men didn't have a sweep, there were many outstanding performances. And while not everyone was a champion, all of our athletes had huge personal growth.
Some of our younger members experienced Manitoba Cup level of competition for the first time this year. They all had great seasons and are the up and coming Champions of tomorrow!
A sucessful season is the result of hard work and dedication of the outstanding group of men and women that coach the Summit athletes. Congratulations to our fantastic coaches on another great year!
Like most amature sport, alpine ski racing requires a huge volunteer base. Without those volunteers races would not take place. Thanks to all of the volunteers from both the Summit Ski Club and the rest of the ski community for making it all work! Not an easy task!
Alpine Ski Racing is very much an "individual" sport, where an athlete competes against him or herself to improve their personal race times. They compete against their teammates on a regular basis. And of course there is competition from athletes from other clubs, provinces or countries. Yet, developed amongst that "individual" sport is a strong social and community bond.
Racers build lifelong friendships with those very athletes that they compete against. They help and encourage each other on a regular basis.
We look forward to next season and meeting some new athletes that are looking for the excitement, fun and great sense of community and social atmosphere that alpine ski racing represents!