Our favourite season is upon us and many of you have been lucky enough to be skiing; in the west, Nakiska opened up a few weeks ago and in the east, Mont St Sauveur opened Friday, the 8th.
Lots of things to report for the upcoming season!
Your Committee has been hard at work on the 2020 National Calendar and is pleased to report that it has a record 44 races spread across the country! There remain a few “TBDs”, but these will be plugged in soon so tune in often for updates, including links to race notices as they become available. You will also see that the calendar includes some new venues, or ones that have not been calendared for some time, notably a return to Sun Peaks with 4 races from the Friday race series. Thanks go out to Jules Lajoie (BC Rep) and Patty Edgar (Western Canada Director) for working out the western calendar with a near perfect balance between regions.
Note that the calendar also shows several major events that are not part of the National calendar and therefore World Cup points will not be awarded; these include out of country races (WWMG in Austria and USA events), as well as two of the FMC races being held in February, at Stoneham, QC. Nevertheless, these are shown to help you plan your season, plus they are tons of fun!
FIS Masters’ Cup (FMC) & Canadian Masters’ Alpine Championships (CMAC):
Unless you have been hibernating, you will likely know by now that four FMC races, plus the CMAC, will be held from 19-23 February 2020, in Stoneham, QC!
CMAC will consist of the traditional 4 races; two SGs held on 19-Feb-20 (training day on 18-Feb-20) and the GS and SL held on 20-Feb-20 and 21-Feb-20, respectively. World Cup (WC) points will be awarded for all 4 CMAC races and therefore CMAT qualifying races.
The GS and SL on 20/21-Feb-20 are also FMC races, along with the second GS* & SL*, to be held on 22/23-Feb-20*, completing the four FMC races.
* WC points will not be awarded for these two races.
The race notice and registration for both events opens on 25-Nov-19.
Thanks go out to Jean-René de Varennes, Canadian FIS Masters’ Sub-Committee Chair, for the huge effort in getting this event to this point and Mike Robbins, Eastern Canada FIS Masters’ Sub-Committee Rep, for his invaluable experience and advice.
Refer to previous national email with regard to start order in FMC races and chasing a crystal globe!
The final FMC 2020 calendar can be found here.
Mark your calendars now to attend, for what is sure to be a stellar event, 6 races in as many days, a day of timed SG training runs, plus technical training days before and during both events!
World Winter Masters’ Games (WWMG):
As of 1-Nov-19, 57 Canadians are registered for the alpine events taking place from 10-19 January 2020, in Innsbruck, Austria.
Thanks to Rich Deacon who arranged for a block of rooms at the Hotel Bon Alpina, where many of the Canadians will be staying. Though all rooms are spoken for, contact Rich on [email protected] if you want to put your name on a wait list, in the event of a cancelation.
As of Nov 1st, over 2700 athletes are signed up amongst all sports. Registration however for sports that are not quite full has been extended to Dec 1st. This includes Alpine skiing for the time being, so there remains a sliver of time to still register!
Your Canadian Masters’ Committee is still offering two styles of an apres ski sweater (quarter zip unisex and women’s full zip) featuring embroidered Canadian Masters’ and Canada logos. For the athletes competing in the World Winter Masters’ Games, in Innsbruck, the WWMG logo will be applied to your sweater.
The deadline was 1-Nov-19 but still available to order; refer to previous national email for more information and how to place your order.
For those that have not ordered yet, you may or may not receive your sweater in time for WWMG. However, this should not dissuade you from ordering one as they really are nice. Thanks to Ron Perryman who initiated this project and Pat Butler for seeing it to fruition!
If you know of other racers or wannabees that may not receiving these emails, please forward this and encourage them to subscribe, as well as liking our Canadian Alpine Masters Facebook group to receive further information and timely updates!
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Innsbruck and elsewhere!
Lloyd Sevack | President