Lightning Creek Ski Club earns its name

Young skiers take on the slopes, jumps and ski cross at Troll mountain.

Under a clear bright sky, young skiers gathered at Troll Mountain Resort to compete in a variety of downhill events on the first weekend of the month.

Lightning Creek Ski Club and parents worked hard to host a very successful second annual weekend of ski races.

Skiers from age four – 12 years old, from Williams Lake, Prince George and Quesnel, took on the double slalom, ski cross, moguls, a jump competition and a speed trap.

“It was a great opportunity for the kids to have a racing experience and I’m very impressed with the results of the Lightning Creek Ski Club at the race,” coach Dianne Dagneau said.

Craig Delwisch, the Lightning Ski Club president, was happy with the support from volunteers, sponsors and the hill itself.

“We had phenomenal sponsorship from the community and even from Prince George and Williams Lake. Every kid there received a good door prize,” he said.

Troll mountain, he added, pulled out all the stops to accommodate them, including building a ski cross track for the event.

“The amount Troll does for us is great,” Delwisch said.

The ski jump and speed trap were non-competitive, with the longest jump at 55 ft. and the highest speed at 80 km/h, with one of the young skiers tying her coach for the honour.

Former World Cup competitor and sometime local, Brian Bennett was on hand to encourage the skiers and give them tips on competing and skiing.

The hill was full, with 89 skiers there to take on their Cariboo rivals and more than fifty volunteers there to help put on the show.

The team is next in action in Kamloops, March 22-23, with 50 skiers attending the pan-B.C. event.