The FIS Spring Series is always highly anticipated as it’s the final opportunity of the season to ski fast and score strong results, drawing some of the best racers from the region and beyond. This year’s series, hosted at Panorama, was no exception and WMSC athletes competed against some of the top provincial ski team athletes over a long 6 days of racing.
Led by coaches Conrad Pridy and Shannon Smith, the majority of the FIS contingent from the WMSC took part, including Jack Forsyth, Dawson Yates, Griffin Brumec-Parsons, Evan Allman, Kosta Petkovic, Kieran Harley, Hannah McIntyre, Gemma Bexton, Gigi Kranjc and our Japanese guest racer Koji Takeyama. With many of them coming off of a gruelling 5 days series at Red Mountain almost immediately prior, this Pano series was a bit of a marathon!
“The races at both Red Mountain and Panorama have been a great opportunity for our athletes to benchmark themselves against the best athletes in the country,” said Mark Tilston of the recent competitions. “There have been strong performances from all of our athletes – some in sections, some in single runs, and some in races – along with a lot of disappointment and tough knocks, be it from not finishing, or getting carried away with the atmosphere and not racing at their best. However, the big take away for them all is that they can see where they are making gains and, most importantly, can see the physical and technical level of what the sharp end looks like which helps them to believe in the work that they are putting in, and come away motivated for the pre-season, including their training through the spring and summer.”
So, there were hard knock days for sure, but others were buoyed by stronger results these athletes will continue to build on at camps this summer in Whistler and Chile and into next fall in Europe and at Sun Peaks before next season’s race calendar begins.
The Spring Series also marked the end of an era…at least for now…of one of our long-time ski racers, Griffin Brumec-Parsons. Choosing to wrap up his ski racing career here at the WMSC so he can pursue university in the fall, Griff was all style as he took his final run. We wish Griffin the best of luck and hope he, like many before him, can continue his passion for ski racing in a post-secondary team atmosphere.