News and Announcements
Thank you for another fabulous season! It is now that time again to share your thoughts on how the season ran. The survey is only 10 short questions. Please complete one survey per athlete to ensure we capture any differences between age categories (for example comments for U8 may differ from U14). Please complete the survey prior to May 26.
Please find below a link to the 2016/17 PG Ski Club Member Survey.
Here are the 2017-18 FIS Equipment Rules. Updates to the Men’s GS equipment have been made in red. These changes are effective as of June 2017.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of your coaches!
Mental Performance addresses the psychology of sport performance. Mental performance plays a key role in a sport environment for all involved, from individual athletes, teams, coaches and parents. Not only do our athletes need to physically train, but they also need to mentally train. Mental training enables our athletes to develop the skills necessary to address motivation and goal setting; focus and concentration; handling pressure and dealing with nerves; and building self-confidence in both training, competition and everyday life.
On at the the Prince George Ski Club will be meeting with , for a 1 hour presentation focused on the following topics.
• Fostering a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset
• Techniques to manage anxiety/stress, emotion and distraction
• Techniques to improve confidence
Carl has specialized in the topics noted above and has worked with various other clubs in the past including a number of Team BC teams.
The club cost of the session is , payable to the Prince George Ski Club. The presentation is open to athletes U10 and up.
Please if you are interested in attending.
On February 11-12, young racers from throughout Northern BC will be tearing up the slopes at Purden at the first ever Nancy Greene North Zone Festival.
Racers are expected from clubs throughout the north including Powder King, Quesnel, Williams Lake and Smithers.
The competition is open to BC Alpine registered competitors in the U6 – U12 category. There is also an open class for U12 plus recreational racers. Racers will compete is a dual combined GS race, dual slalom race, a kombi obstacle course, speed trap and jump skills.
“We are excited to put on an event like this for our young northern skiers,” says Deanna Devlin, one of the organizers of the event. Devlin says it provides an opportunity to bring young northern athletes together in a fun and friendly competition.
Entry fee is $40 per racer, includes lunch both days and a t-shirt. More information about the event and how to register can be found on BC Alpine website events calendar (http://alpinecalendar.ca/eventFiles/raceNotices/2117.pdf )
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Prince George Citizen – January 21, 2017
Austin Boehm owes his parents, Mike and Sheila, big-time for helping him reach the top of the ski cross medal podium Saturday at Tabor Mountain. They’ve been faithful chauffeurs this season driving him from his home in Williams Lake in winter conditions so he can train and compete with his peers on the Prince George Alpine Ski Team. As a forerunner on the Nor-Am course at Tabor last weekend, the 15-year-old Boehm learned some of the intricacies of carrying his speed on the high-banked turns and tabletop jumps and that helped pave the way Saturday for his rush to gold in the under-16 men’s even at the Western Ski Cross Series event.
Boehm finished ahead of Jack Morrow, Jack McDonald and Aiden Press in the final heat Saturday. Morrow and McDonald, both of Whistler, were the respective silver and bronze medalists. “It was really fun – they toned the course down (from the Nor-Am) race, but it was still really good,” said Boehm. "It helped that I was able to see the course before when I was forerunning last weekend. (Morrow and McDonald) did really well and they were right on my tail – they almost passed me a couple times. All of us were really close. “The course was toned down a bit but the fast snow made up for that.” The fact 46 ski crossers from B.C. and Alberta were able to race at all is a credit to the Tabor crew overseen by Mitch Thibault. Tabor staff had their work cut out last week trying to overcome the unseasonably warm and wet weather. In Western Series ski cross, four skiers come down the course skiing together in tight quarters and it can be a little like roller derby on skis. “You have to have multiple skills – you have to go fast and you have to be thinking all the time,” said Boehm, now in his fourth year of ski racing. "(Of all the alpine events) I definitely like ski cross the most. “I try to get up here every weekend. It’s a lot of driving. We train at Tabor or Purden and it’s really improved my skiing this year. We all kind of pitch in and help each other and let each other know what to do on the course and where to do it.”
Prince George Alpine coach Phil Soicher, who moved to Prince George from New Brunswick in November, says he’s noticed considerable improvement in Boehm’s skiing since he started training with the team. Boehm pushes himself trying to keep up with the fastest club skiers. “They have a hill in Williams Lake (Mount Timothy) but it’s more of an issue that they only have a Nancy Greene (racing) program, so if he wants to train he’s on his own,” said Soicher. “He was with us at Sun Peaks for a pre-season camp and over Christmas he was with us.” In the under-14 women’s final Saturday, Melinda Kobasiuk of Prince George won a close duel with second-place Sage Murphy of Smithers and Charlotte Gibson of Prince George. Kobasiuk, 13, and Gibson, who turns 14 on Tuesday, are close in ability in ski cross and other alpine disciplines and it’s nothing new for them to be neck-and-neck with each other at the finish line. “It’s so much fun racing Charlotte,” said Kobasiuk. "In GS and slalom you can’t really race each other but you can in ski cross, the course is so nice. “There was a lot of pressure in the final. Even Amelie (Brulotte, the fourth-place finisher) was close. The last part of the course, the jump, is the best part, it’s so much fun.” Skiers had one day of training Friday and three practice runs before they raced each day. Gibson couldn’t get enough of the Tabor course. “The course was icy but really fun,” Gibson said. “I like how you go fast. Sometimes (it’s dangerous) when you go over jumps and you might crash into people.” For the uninitiated, there’s no doubt ski cross racing can be intimidating. “Most of our skiers are pretty fresh at ski cross and you can tell which kids enjoy it,” said Soicher. “It’s interesting on the training day, everyone is like, ‘Whoa.’ But by the end of the day their comfort level is visibly increasing.”
In Saturday’s under-18 men’s final, 17-year-old Shawn Nydegger of Prince George edged 16-year-old P.G. Alpine team member Lucas Gairns for top spot, while Griffin Brumec-Parsons of Whistler was third. Adree Brulotte topped Madyson Philbrook of Quesnel (Lightning Creek Ski Club) and Zoe Pohl of Prince George in the U-12 women’s final. In the U-12 men’s event, Isaac Hausot of Prince George won gold over Holden Doucette and Adrian Scrooby of Quesnel. Jacob Hoskins of Prince George led the U-14 men’s final until the third turn when he was overtaken by Konner Kimball of Edmonton. Hoskins ended up second and Darcy Fraser of Smithers was third. Samantha Carter of Lake Louise grabbed top spot in U-16 women over Anne Mullin and Dakota Clyde, who both compete for the Sunridge club of Edmonton. In the U-18 women’s final, Hailey Doucette of Quesnel edged Maude Cyr for gold.