Courtney Hoffos

Courtney Hoffos

Ski racer shines in U16 competition

Local alpine ski racer Courtney Hoffos, 14, had great success at the Teck K2/U16 B.C. Provincial Championships.

Local alpine ski racer Courtney Hoffos, 14, had great success at the Teck K2/U16 B.C. Provincial Championships that took place over two weekends at Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton and Panorama Resort.

Besides winning the B.C. Championship title in Super G, Hoffos achieved three other podium finishes plus a fourth and a fifth place finish.

Her consistent top place finishes throughout the series earned her a third place overall ranking in the B.C. provincial standings.

The skier cross event was a first ever for her and she surprised all by winning the bronze medal. In her next race Hoffos, a member of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, will represent B.C. at the 2012 KLM Can-Am Western Championships to be held at Panorama Resort from March 21 to 24.

WVSC Head Coach Helmut Spiegl has been very pleased with Hoffos’ progress over the last two years and attributes her stellar performance to her great athletic skills and her outstanding work ethic and discipline.

Helmut’s daughter Finley Spiegl, 14, also gained her first experience racing at these events. Finley posted personal best runs, with her top performance being an 18th in the Giant Slalom.

The Windermere Valley Ski Club, along with Panorama Mountain Village Resort, hosted this Teck B.C. Championship that brought 125 skiers from across B.C. to the valley.

It took many hardworking, dedicated people to build, set up, run and access this event. The athletes were lucky to get expert coaching from Danielle Poleschuk of the Canadian Ski Cross Team to help them. The athletes had many trial runs through the rolls and a curving track before they started racing. Overall, the race went very well and lots of young athletes got a taste of this new and exciting form of ski racing.