Ten members of the FSJSS Ski Team won spots at the BC Provincial High School Alpine Championships in Kimberley this weekend.
Twenty-three students in grades 8 through 12 were at Ski Smithers on February 3-4 to compete.
Thirteen girls and 10 boys raced giant slalom on either snowboards or skis on the course.
“It was a really good course set up this year,” said Jason Barrr, team coach. “It was fast and actually easier than previous years.”
Skies had an advantage this year, according to Barr, because of time constraints, they had to use the same course as the snowboarders. Typically, snowboard courses are easier for skiers as snowboarders don’t usually run as tight a course because of the different turning constraints of the boards.
The top three individuals in each category and the top two teams in each category go on to the provincial championships.
Teams win by adding up their four fastest times, and the fastest total wins.
The girls snowboard team, consisting of Sarah King, Kelsey Ouellette, Montana Moeller and Shelby Legebokoff came in second at the zones.
The girls ski team, consisting of Breann Burdeniuk, Kelsey Gross, Montana Moeller, Mackenzie Moeller, Kaitlin Goodwin and Rebeccah Gauthier also won second in their category and will all go on to Kimberly.
The individual racers who also earned their own spots at the championships were Dustin Eithier, who placed third overall for male skiers and Sara King, who won first place in snowboarding amongst the girls.
One boys team lost out on the second place spot by only one second and were disappointed they won’t be able to join their teammates in the Kootenays.
“It’s always sad when I can’t bring all of them with me to provincials,” said Barr.
“They all did awesome, it’s just there was more competition than there was last year I noticed.”
“As always, they definitely impressed me,” said Barr. “They always work hard and try really hard.”
Last year’s girls snowboard team came in second at the provincials, and while this year’s team is smaller, Barr hopes the team can come home with some medals this year as well.