Ski racers wrap up successful season

By Contributor
February 28th, 2010

The Phoenix Mountain Racers are wrapping up what has turned out to be a very successful season! The Phoenix Mountain Racers were back on the slopes this year after a one year hiatus.  Twenty-five racers participated in the program which teaches basic skiing techniques and skills in as many different snow conditions and terrains as possible.

The season went remarkably well for the rookie club. With registration far exceeding expected numbers, Coach Andrew McKinlay landed the assistance of Coach Bill Ahrens early on. “Bill has extensive experience in racing, he was happy to commit the time and resources, and we were so happy to have him. He was an integral part of the Racers this year. I couldn’t have done the season without him!” says McKinlay.

The Racers hosted a highly successful race early on in the season and then travelled to Salmo, and Nelson. They are gearing up for zone finals taking place at Red Mountain in early March.

While the Racers improved immensely over the season under the careful guidance of McKinlay and Ahrens, the real success story has been the overwhelming support of the community, especially given the difficult economic times.

“The Grand Forks and District Savings Credit Union, Community Futures Boundary, the Grand Forks Legion (Branch #59) and Bron and Sons all stepped up to the plate in a big way”, says President Ken Makortoff. “It is through their support, that this club was finally able to buy much needed racing gates, and other materials that helped us realize the success we have. A big thank you to all of you – this just speaks volumes about our community.”

The Phoenix Mountain Racers thank Coach McKinlay, Coach Ahrens, the Phoenix Mountain staff and, of course, their parents who came out to every practice and race to support this club. A banner has been purchased and will be hung at Phoenix Mountain recognizing their community supporters and all 25 racers are eagerly looking forward to next season!

For more information on the Phoenix Mountain Racers contact Jennifer Wetmore, at 250-444-7777. 

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