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Ted Clarke / Prince George Citizen
March 27, 2019 11:00 PM

Melinda Kobasiuk has shown a voracious appetite lately for going fast when the alpine ski racing clock starts ticking and she feasted on the slalom course at the Teck Under-16 provincial championships at Apex Mountain near Penticton.

The 15-year-old Prince George Ski Club veteran won the first day of slalom racing Saturday by 1.06 seconds and finished second overall in Sunday’s slalom event.

“The slalom was what I was really looking forward to because I’m not the best in GS – it felt really nice in (Saturday’s) slalom but it was really stressful,” said Kobasiuk.

“Going into the second run knowing I was in first, oh man that was a fun time. That was a surprise.”

Based on her results at Apex and at two other provincial-level competitions at Sun Peaks and in Kimberley, Kobasiuk has qualified for the Whistler Cup races, April 11-14. This will be the third year she will have competed in the international event.

Kobasiuk finished 53/100ths of a second behind Noa Rogers of Apex in Sunday’s slalom. Kobasiuk also raced the two giant slalom events that began the U-16 provincials and finished 14th on Thursday and 11th on Friday.

“She skied the way she has been all year, it’s not really a surprise,” said Prince George Ski Club coach Phil Soicher, who has coached Kobasiuk the past three seasons.

“She just performed when she had to. We tend to try to keep the focus away from results and keep the focus on skiing well.”

Now in her seventh year with the Prince George team, Kobasiuk said she feels stronger on her skis than ever and attributes that to her dryland training program at the Engage Sport North – Canadian Sport School. She attends morning classes at Duchess Park secondary school then goes to the sport school to train with other student athletes, and it’s making a difference.

“I’m feeling more confident with all the training I’m getting, I feel that does a lot.” she said.

Kobasiuk was named as an alternate as the fifth female member of the B.C. team for the Canada Winter Games last month in Red Deer but did not get to attend the event.

Erica McCallum of Prince George also raced at Apex. Her top finish was 37th out of 53 in Sunday’s slalom and she was 40th on Saturday. In the GS events she placed 47th and 48th.

“Every race is getting better for her, even though the results might not be showing it,” said Soicher. “The whole U-16 group has been working pretty hard the last couple years and it’s kind of nice to see everybody get results and things start to pay off.”

McCallum and Kobasiuk will compete at the Teck north zone finals at Smithers, April 5-7, with GS, dual slalom and ski cross events scheduled.

© Copyright 2019 Prince George Citizen

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Behind the Scenes – Powder King Mountain Resort

By DOC POW, SnowSeekers

Operation Spring Break

Over the next few days, we are announcing a new spring break spot that you, as a PG Ski Club member might want to take your family this March 2019.

Today’s showcased spot is Powder King Mountain Resort, a destination that holds a mystic for those from the south, but is our own wintery Shangri-La.

We’ve partnered up with our friends @SnowSeekers to help you make an informed decision this spring break about which winter destination your family might want to choose.

For those of us who have been there, we know the hill lives up to its name, and this year, it’s being blessed with perfectly-timed snowfalls for some great spring skiing. So what do we have here:
• Cat skiing conditions at lift ticket prices
• Long gone are the Chateau Atcos, now it’s the wonderful Azouzetta Lake Lodge that host visitors
• The “Kings Cup Race”:https://ski.powderking.com/calendar/ takes place April 6. A fundraiser for the ski club, it’s the ultimate “race against yourself” challenge.
One thing you definitely want to check out is Powder Town. The locals are proud to show you their latest, yet ongoing, goal.
Learn more by reading “Powder Town is open for business”: http://www.snowseekers.ca/story/powder-town-open-business-powder-king-mountain-resort or “The Powder King community blanket”: http://www.snowseekers.ca/story/powder-king-community-blanket

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Behind the Scenes – Smithers & Hudson Bay Mountain

By DOC POW, SnowSeekers

Operation Spring Break

Over the next few days, we are announcing a new spring break spot that you, as a PG Ski Club member might want to take your family this March 2019.

Today’s showcased spot is Smithers and Hudson Bay Mountain, the ski hill that watches over the town. Smithers is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but its real gift comes to life during the winter.

We’ve partnered up with our friends @SnowSeekers to help you make an informed decision this spring break about which winter destination your family might want to choose.

Smithereens are welcoming by nature and Hudson Bay is so much a part of Smithers, it’s hard to tell where the town stops and the ski hill begins.
• The Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area will definitely leave you grinning
• Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre offers over 50kms of Nordic trails
• Hudson Bay is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Mar. 16 in the most perfect way – lift tickets are only $19.69 and it’s going to be a great party.
Smithers has a vibrant downtown core and home to two breweries – the Smithers Brewing Co. and the Bulkley Valley Brewery.
Learn more by reading Flying into Smithers is flying into winter adventure Spring is here and Smithers’ wild powder is calling and The Playground of the North: Hudson Bay Mountain

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Behind the Scenes – Murray Ridge & Fort St. James

By DOC POW, SnowSeekers

Operation Spring Break

Over the next few days, we are announcing a new spring break spot that you as a PG Ski Club member might want to take your family this March 2019.

Today’s showcased spot is Murray Ridge Ski Hill and the Village of Fort St. James, and as many of you know from attending races with us, this is one sweet hill. Given that it has the highest vertical in Northern B.C., it makes for some challenging fun.

We’ve partnered up with our friends @SnowSeekers to help you make an informed decision this spring break about which winter destination your family might want to choose.

Built by volunteers, Murray Ridge defines what “community” really is.
• It’s about the skiing and riding, not the bank balance – in other words, it’s truly affordable
• Great Nordic trails and roughly 200kms of snowmobile trails
• Get your 80s glam on, ‘cause Murray Ridge’s Retro Ski and Rail Jam/Big Air is happening Saturday, Mar. 16.
And make sure to spend some time in Fort St. James itself, a truly historical village with a number of attractions that highlight its long history. Learn more by reading The soul of skiing is alive and well at Murray Ridge and Then and now: Murray Ridge

Photo Cred: Nancy Shields

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Behind the Scenes – Quesnel & the Barkerville Highway

By DOC POW, SnowSeekers

Operation Spring Break

We are announcing a new spring break spot that you as a PG Ski Club member might want to take your family this March 2019.

This week’s showcased spot is Quesnel, home to Troll Ski Resort as well as Wells for Nordic ski adventures and Barkerville for a bit of snow sliding with a history lesson.

We’ve partnered up with our friends SnowSeekers to help you make an informed decision this spring break about which winter destination your family might want to choose.

Quesnel – is home to solid prices that won’t break the bank.
• Pack the fat bikes for a ride over at West Timber Park
• Check out the Hallis Lake Ski Centre
Troll is celebrating Spring Break from Mar. 18 to Mar. 30, with half day rates on lift passes and both the Yellow Life and the tube park will be free.
And make sure to visit the downtown core with its quirky shops and restaurants that will charge you up for the next adventures – down the Barkerville Highway. Learn more by reading “Quesnel is a Winter Wonderland” here and “Troll Ski Resort is growing into its own” here