The Larch Hills Junior Race Team attended the second BC Cup race of the season this weekend hosted by Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club at the Mount Macpherson Ski Area, just a few minutes south of Revelstoke.
The first day of Nordic skiing consisted of a short interval sprint qualifier followed by Kings Court style sprints. Traditionally, the Kings Court sprints see four to six skiers face off in a short sprint, and then after each round the skiers are moved up or down in heats depending on their finish, allowing all skiers to ski multiple times. However, a large turnout of skiers meant the race organizers had to change the format to elimination rounds as there were too many skiers to have everyone complete all rounds. Masters skiers competed in a 5-kilometre classic interval start race.
Sunday saw the temperature turn a bit colder and skiers faced icy conditions and increased difficulty on the newly developed race trails at Mount Macpherson. In addition to new race trails, the ski area also had expanded parking and a new, gentler beginner trail to get out of the stadium and access trails.
Day 2 of the BC Cup #2 was a freestyle mass start ski over varying distances depending on age. Distances ranged from 1.5 km for the youngest Atom skiers up to two laps of the 5-km course for the oldest.
The Larch Hills Junior Race Team sent more than 85 skiers to the event and had many top five finishes, including first-place finishes by Kai Cadden, Isaac Engel, Ian Orchard, Jeremiah Bucher, Trond May, Ben Van Bergeyk, Sheila Corbett, Arlo and Thola Heckrodt, Gideon Breugem, Reese Major, Sophia Van Varseveld, Natalie Wilkie and Tom Hansen.
Larch Hills will host the final BC Cup championship races over March 1-3, while the next two events on the team’s race calendar are the Western’s hosted by Telemark Nordic in West Kelowna (February 8-10) and the Tech BC Midgets Championships hosted by Sovereign Lake Nordic Feb. 16-17.
Submitted by Brad Calkins