2014 Club Day Celebration and Club Race Results

Club Day 2014 was a fantastic way to celebrate the 2013-14 season! The fresh snow did not get in the way of a fun (and competitive!) club race that kicked off the festivities. Its always great (and humbling for the parents) to race with the athletes and see the improvements gained over a season of training. The club race was followed by our club photo in front of the Olympic Rings – of course the snow kept coming!

The afternoon was full of great food brought by the parents and pizzas (thanks Graham!)! And of course we all anxiously awaited for Raul to announce the club race winners and awards for the season. Below are the results and season awards highlights.

Thanks for a great season and we look forward to seeing all of you again next season!!

Check our Shutterfly site for club day photos: https://cypressskiclubskiracepictures.shutterfly.com

Based on national points and coaches’ input the following awards were given:

Outstanding Athlete – U16 Boys: Peter Konigsmann

Outstanding Athlete – U16 Girls: Ana Guri

Outstanding Athlete – U14 Boys: Olin Wakkary

Outstanding Athlete – U14 Girls: Adrienne Pop


Sportsmanship Award – U14: Base Wagner

Sportsmanship Award – U16: Matthew Kuzek

Race results:

Fastest Parent and Child: Jack and Colin Grant

Fastest Parent Male: Joel Emery

Fastest Parent Female: Morgane Oger

U8 Boys:

1. Kapuscinski, Max

2. Meneguzzi, Theodore

3. Khlop, Robin

U8 Girls:

1. Bouvier, Lily

2. Tokashiki, Angie

3. McDonald, Jessica

U10 Boys

1. Gandhi, Manu

2. Mao, Nicholas

3. Demers , Zachary

U10 Girls

1. Fameli, Gaia

2. Blouin, Sofia

3. Frid Lotenberg, Twyla

U12 Boys

1. McBeath, Evan

2. Khlop, Martin

3. Grant, Jack

U12 Girls

1. Johannessen, Lotte

2. Gandhi, Asha

3. Emery, Alyssa

U14 Boys:

1. Wakkary, Olin

2. Gandhi, Kavi

3. Kelsay, Ryan

U14 Girls:

1. Pop, Adrienne

2. Slay, Ashley

3. Scharf, Grace

U16 Boys:

1. Reid, Michael

2. Khorchidian, Aramis

U16 Girls:

1. Fedoroff, Mariya

2. Guri, Ana

3. Gubana, Cheyenna

Coaches Female:

1. Anguita, Micaela

2. Carreno, Ximena

3. West, Barbara

Coaches Male:

1. Pawlowski, Mark

2. Sidey-Phillips, Hayden

3. Zacharias, Graeme

See full results below.


U10 and U12 at a memorable Sun Peaks NGSL Festival

More than 500, yes you are reading right, 500 children attended the NGSL Festival at Sun Peaks this past March 21 and 22.

And among those 500, Cypress Ski Club was there with a team of 36 competitors, 6 coaches and many parents, way to go Cypress!!!!

The events were Kombi, dual giant slalom, speed, jump and moguls. Our racers excelled in all these events, as you can see in the results attached below.

The highlight of the event for CSC was the 4 gold medals obtained, 3 by Lily Bouvier and 1 by Jack Grant. As Jack was getting his gold medal, Nancy Greene, who was awarding them told Jack “Cypress is back, finally”. But there were other top results in events that were not awarded medals, so take a good look at them.

So yes our future looks promising not only because of results at races, but mainly because we believe that a caring and compassionate community, formed by parents, coaches and children will provide for a richer environment where to raise our kids, teach them life skills and yes of course teach them how to ski fast!!

Parents attended en masse, and two different meals had to be organized in order to accommodate them all, one for the U10 and another for the U12. A big, big thank you to all the moms and dads, we hope to see you next season and many more to come.

Congratulations to all skiers, you certainly performed to the best of your abilities!!

Race Results:
Boys results U10-U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/boys_results_u10-u12.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Boys Results U6-U9 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/boys_results_u6-u9.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Final U6_U9 Jump http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/final_u6_u9_jump.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Final U6_U9 Kombi http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/final_u6_u9_kombi.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Final U6_U9 moguls http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/final_u6_u9_moguls.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Final U6_U9 speed http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/final_u6_u9_speed.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Girls Results U10-U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/girls_results_u10-u12.pdf?LanguageID=E…

Girls Results U6-U9 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/girls_results_u6-u9.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Jump Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/jump_results_u10_u12.pdf?LanguageID=EN-US

Jump Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/jump_results_u10_u12635312581505579025…

KOMBi Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/kombi_results_u10_u1263531258174246463…

KOMBi Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/kombi_results_u10_u12.pdf?LanguageID=E…

Moguls U10_U12 Results http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/moguls_u10_u12_results.pdf?LanguageID=…

Moguls U10_U12 Results http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/moguls_u10_u12_results6353125817435584…

Speed Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/speed_results_u10_u1263531258174496474…

Speed Results U10_U12 http://www.sunpeaksracers.ca/docs/speed_results_u10_u12.pdf?LanguageID=E…

Cypress Racers at the 2014 Teck BC U14 Provincial Championships at Sun Peaks

Our U14 team competed in the 2014 Teck BC Provincial Championships at Sun Peaks from March 13-16th. Almost 200 U14 athletes from all over the province competed in the four days of intense racing that was as much a test of endurance as it was skill. Our racers competed in 6 races overall, 2 single GS races on Thursday, a combined GS race on Friday, 2 single Slalom races on Saturday, and a combined Slalom race on Sunday. The snow conditions were hard to soft throughout the event with some unexpected heavy snow on Saturday! Cypress racers competed hard and had good results!

On the boys’ side, Olin Wakkary finished 10th and 6th in GS in a single and combined race, and 8th and 10th in Slalom in a single and combined race. Based on all the results, Olin was awarded 10th overall. Mark Konigsmann best finishes were 14th and 11th in Slalom in a single and combined race. Mark’s 11th place finish in the combined Slalom race ranked him only second in the province of U14s born in 2001! Kavi Ghandi’s best results were 64th and 71st in GS and Slalom, however Khavi’s best run of the event was the first run of the combined Slalom in which he moved from his 85th bib start to 57th – unfortunately he DSqed on the second run. Base Wagner held steady in his first ever provincials, scoring points by completing every race with his best finish coming on the last day placing 69th in the combined Slalom.

For the girls, Adrienne Pop had her best result on the final day finishing 21st on the Slalom combined. Adrienne also started the event well with a 27th finish in the GS on the first day. Ashley Slay had steady results all event with her best finishes in Slalom in 40th and 45th. Grace Scharf and Isabel Shaw, both in their first provincials traded times and made steady increases in speed throughout the four days. Grace’s highlight was finishing 58th from a bib start of 73rd in the final combined Slalom race!

Congratulations to all the racers for not only racing hard but for representing the club so well both on and off the racecourse! It is good to see the hard work of the athletes and the coaches Andrzej and Hayden pay off at the end of the season. We would also like to thank the Sun Peak Racers and volunteers for hosting a quality and safe racing environment.


Photo of Overall Top Ten Boys (Courtesy of Sarah Renzoni).

See BC Alpine for more news and results http://bcalpine.com/news/article/?2706

Find all the results here: http://www.bcalpine.com/calendar/event/?event=1641&cal=1

Be sure to check our Shutterfly web site for photos by Eric Konigsmann and others and check our Sprongo site for videos. Professional photos of our athletes can be purchased at http://www.alpineimages.ca

A very challenging Parsons Speed event at Whistler for the U16

Speed events per se are stressful. Going fast poses unique challenges, and requires a cool head to perform. The only way to achieve this is by training and racing in all conditions, as long as they are safe.

And against all odds, that is what happened at Whistler last weekend. It snowed a good amount, so racers and volunteers had to work hard to create that safe environment, and they succeeded.

Over the course of 5 days, the racers were able to get one training run on Wednesday, and one on Thursday.
Then the track was in good shape for two SG races for each gender on Friday. On Saturday one DH race took place, and the program ended on Sunday with one SG and one DH. That is an impressive total of 5 speed races in 3 days.

Congratulations and thank you to the ROC (Race Organizing Committee) and all the volunteers!!!

Our team certainly performed, and improvement could be seen throughout the days. Ana Guri and Peter Konigsmann were the fastest in our club, coming in 4th and 6th for their best result. Mariya Fedoroff also showed she is starting to go fast, and that her hard work is showing.

For results go to

At Mt. Seymour this past Sunday, a strong show from the U10 Cypress Ski Club Team

It was pouring rain last Saturday, and nobody really believed that next day the event at Mt. Seymour would take place. But Mother Nature helped us, and mercifully opened the skies to a nice day. So all U10 from the Lower Mainland gathered at Mt. Seymour for a great event. A big thank you to all the volunteers that put this together.

The day started early, more so due the the time change. Our racers met their coaches and headed to the different venues, where a glalom, speed trap, jump and impossible flush took place. It was lots of fun, and for those newcomers, the opportunity to see how a skills event is held. It was a good training opportunity for the big event at Sun Peaks on March 21 and 22.

In the glalom, the only event where awards were given, Lily Bouvier was first and Sofia Blouin was second in their respective age group. All results are here


You can also see photos on Shuterfly


So for many this is the beginning of a fun adventure, where they will learn to push their limits, test their skills and learn lessons that will help them become better persons.

Hope to see you all at Sun Peaks, but most important, hope you all continue for a long time skiing with us at Cypress. You will not be disappointed!!!

Cody Scott is first, Jack Grant third in the U12 Grouse Tyee Cup slalom

Under cloudy skies, our U12 team went to Grouse for a full weekend, to participate in the Tyee Cup.
A total of 14 athletes were trying their best to achieve their goals.

Our club collected hardware, in the hands of Cody Scott, who was first and third in the Saturday slaloms, 11th in the GS and 4th in the kombi race. Cody was third overall in the Tyee Cup final score.
Jack Grant also had a great performance, coming in third and eighth in the slalom.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and parents that helped make this a great event.

Please check out results at http://www.bcalpine.com/calendar/event/?event=1659&cal=1

A very succesful evening at the Capilano Rugby Club on Friday Feb. 14

More than 60 people gathered for our annual fundraising event this past Friday Feb 14. We started at 8 pm with people arriving ready to party and bid on the silent auction items.

Rob Lahti, Mt. Seymour Head Coach and a renowned musician, was there to entertain us with his music and there was dancing too!!

Our President, Ron Wakkary informed the audience about our pet project, the grading and improvement of Coyote 7, our training venue at Cypress. This project is being financed by donations, so a project will be set up through the National Sports Trust Fund for donations. All donations over $20 receive a tax receipt. More information on this matter will follow. We want the first stage completed by next season.

A big thank you to all that attended, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Our U16 at Provincial Championships in Prince George

Cypress Ski Club U16 racers are now at Prince George, competing in the Provincial Championships.
So far two SG and GS have taken place, under what Eric Konigsmann describes as “a very good organizing crew”

In the first SG, held on Monday 17, Peter Konigsmann finished 6, Michael Reid 29 and Aramis Korchidian 45. Ana Guri was 33, Mariya Fedoroff 46 and Cheyenna Gubana 55.
In the second SG, on Tuesday 18 Ana was 24, Mariya was 36 and Cheyenna 53, we could see improvement form one day to the next!!! Peter DNF, Michael was 37 and Aramis 34.

On Wednesday 19 a GS was held, with Peter DNF again and Michael coming 11th, a great result. Aramis finished 28. Ana was 29, Mariya 38 and Cheyenna 50.

On Thursday 20 another GS was run, this time Peter finished 8, Michael DNF and Aramis was 29. Mariya was 32, Ana 33 and Cheyenna 47.

A big congratulations to our racers and keep up the good work!!!

NGSL Festival Sunday Jan 12 at Whistler Mountain

U12 Head Coach Mark Anderson and Assistant Coach Micaela Anguita led a group of enthusiastic racers at Whistler this past Sunday.
Despite starting out the day with a 1 hour wait to get up the Creekside Gondola, the Cypress U12 Team got in plenty of action at the NGSL Festival Skills Event on Sunday January 12 in Whistler. It is hard not to have fun at an event like this, with 5 different events, very little waiting and getting to watch each other go for it. Reports back were that the Cypress Team had a noticeably very high level of team spirit with lots of this cheering each other on; well matched with our equally noticed bright green jackets.

The 5 events or skill stations were: Speed Trap, Timed Skate Loop, Timed Start, Quick Feet (spiess), and a Dual Glalom. We went through them in 2 teams back to back: one lead by Micaela and one by Mark.

We started out on the Speed Trap. People got up to an enjoyable 65-75km/hr and came to a smooth, safe stop (as instructed).

Next was the Timed Skate Loop: This was done in a loop ending with a 30 meter uphill section that was steeper and longer than anything I had seen at an alpine event. Spectators could have mistaken this one for a Nordic sprint (with strange cumbersome equipment). Everyone went for it and kids were breathing hard at the finish line. Times were 22-35 seconds. There was much cheering going on to encourage to keep pushing for the finish.

Next was the Timed Start. It had a start gate and two GS gates and a finish line on a flat green slope. There were some pretty good looking starts with many able to leave their feet behind as the last thing to open the wand.

Next was the Quick Feet (spiess) which sees how many times you can switch your skis back and forth in about 15 meters. This was fun for those who have figured out the complexities of this demanding exercise/skill. Otherwise….not so much.

Finally, the Glalom event. It was setup as a dual but we mostly raced it individually. Our first run was predictably not that pretty to watch since there was no opportunity to look at the course and for a much needed basic line review. We had a chance to review line strategy after lunch and for the next run in the afternoon, many of the kids skied much better despite the course being much rougher than in the morning.

Immediately after our 2nd lap thru the 5 stations we went free-skiing off-piste on the Emerald Chair and Red Chair. The soft snow and moguls were ensuring that most had their turn at lying in the snow. We would have liked to ski in the Alpine but only Harmony was open with massive lines.

Congratulations to those that collected some hardware such as: Max in the Speed Trap, Cody, Martin and Jack in the skating, as well as Jack in the Quick Feet and Cody in the Timed Start. I have likely missed a couple of mentionables here and was curious to see and pass on the results to you all but was informed that they are not available. This is unusual for an event like this and likely reflects the reports I heard of some difficulties with calculating results and especially with inaccuracy and errors in the timing of the Glalom event. This was unfortunate given that the race was otherwise very well organized.

We had a fun, action-packed, productive day in Whistler. We participated with enthusiasm, cheered each other on, learned something, and we did some fun off-piste skiing afterwards (a rare and precious treat for this unusual season).

It was a good day. Congratulations to all that attended!!!!

Ashley Slay third, Olin Wakkary fourth our best results this past weekend at Whistler!!!!

Weather was nasty, but spirits were high this past weekend at Whistler. Under the expert guidance of Gavin Preziosi and Andrzej Lawnik, and the invaluable help of Hayden Sidey-Phillips, our team of 20, yes 20 racers gave their best at the slalom and giant slalom held at Whistler. A big thank you to Whistler Mountain Ski Club and all the volunteers!!!!!

In the GS held on Saturday, our U16 team scored some medals. Ana Guri 22nd, and Bruno Benucci 21st were Most Improved. Mariya Fedoroff came 24th, Emma Johannessen 28th and Cheyenna Gubana 32nd. Peter Konigsmann came in seventh place, Michael Reid 15th, Aramis Korchidian 25th, Joseph Kharboutli 28th and Dylan Curtis 30. Matthew Kuzek DNF.
In our U14 team, Ashley Slay was sixth, Isabel Shaw 31st, Grace Scharf 36th. Adrienne Pop DNF. Olin Wakkary was 10th, Mark Konigsmann 14th and Max Rudnitski 40th. Kavi Gandhi and Base Wagner DNF.

In the Sunday SL, our U16 team performed as follows: Mariya Fedoroff was 16th and Dylan Curtis 11th, both earning Most Improved!! Cheyenna Gubana DNF, and Emma Johanessen and Ana Guri were disqualified. Bruno Benucci DNS while Michael Reid, Aramis Korchidian and Joseph Kharboutli DNF. Matthew Kuzek and Peter Konigsmann DSQ.
Two, one run slalom races were held for the U14. In the first race, Ashley Slay came 8th and Adrienne Pop 15th. Grace Scharf and Isabel Shaw DNF. On the boys side, Mark Konigsmann was 12th, Olin Wakkary 13th, Base Wagner 31st, Kavi Gandhi and Max Rudnitski 35th.
In the second race, Ashley Slay was on the podium, with a career best 3d place, only 1/10th off the second spot. Adrienne Pop was 17th, Isabel Shaw was 33d and Grace Scharf 38th. Olin Wakkary earned a well deserved 4th, Mark Konigsmann 14th, Kavi Ghandi 31st, Base Wagner 35th and Max Rudnitski 37th.

Congratulations to all that participated, it was certainly a very intense weekend. It is quite impressive to see the team spirit that surrounds our racers and coaches.