Peter Cody-Cox, 05/02/2017: The snow was fantastic for the 2017 Atlantic Masters’ Championships held on February 18-19! We experienced two days of fun and fast GS racing with 20 plus racers. Lots of familiar faces and some new ones registered for this event. Speaking of newer faces to our annual championships, we saw Michael Raoul put on quite the GS clinic in his races, posting the fastest times both days! Veterans David Saunders, Kevin lworthyand Wayne Gentile weren’t very far behind the young up and comer! Local racer and veteran of 20 plus years of Masters’ racing, John Ling still has racing coursing through his veins. After two weeks in the Dolomites, John came ready for race day! As a constant supporter and tireless volunteer at Ben Eoin, John exudes everything the spirit of Masters’ ski racing stands for in our beautiful region. We picked up some new sponsors this year…a big THANK YOU to Dean, Margaret and Luc of Aerobics First, one of the premiere ski shops in the Atlantic Region; as well, gratitude goes out to Roger and Bryce of Supplement King, the leader in Canadian supplements for their tremendous generosity. Thanks to these amazing sponsors, every racer walked away with draw prizes and medals for each age category, overall for each day and combined for the weekend. Everyone who raced assured us they will be back for next year’s championships as the camaraderie and Masters’ racing tradition created by this event is second to none. Another big THANK YOU to Rob Carmichael and Roger Graham Hardy of Ben Eoin for always welcoming us every year to their top quality hill and good old Cape Breton hospitality! We expect next year’s event to be even bigger and better. Plans for next year include additional sponsors and online pre-registration. With this added method of registration, we can plan on procuring Atlantic Masters’ Alpine Championships t-shirts for the racers who register ahead of time, as a bonus. Mark your 2018 calendar for Masters’ racing in the Atlantic Region. Hope to see some Upper Canadians travel to the Atlantic Region for some exciting racing in 2018!