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

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.


Limitless – A Kid’s Ambition By Lillian Grant

Limitless – A Kid’s Ambition
By Lillian Grant

It’s cold outside. The leaves are pretty well toast. Brown, crisp and with their own distinct aroma. Retailers have started shamelessly advertizing for the holiday season. Around my house, that means the ski wax is out and our son’s yearning to get on the hill is unharnessed. It’s game on. At ten years old, he has found his passion. Something that some adults I know have yet to discover. I have mixed feelings about this.

We live on the West Coast where sport is abundant twelve months of the year. Of all of the sports we have placed on his platter, soccer was abandoned, tennis is just for fun, and cycling is just a way to get to school. Skiing stuck ever since his first foray into powder at 14 months. Dipped intermittently into fresh powder on plastic toddler skis by the love and strength of his father’s back, this was it.

Fast forward to year five of organized club racing. He’s found his tribe and has some significant wins under his belt, and shows some natural talent that, if nurtured, could give him every opportunity to keep going. Have his grades and behavior at school been in line with house policy that you can’t have one without the other? If we were in a court of law I’d have to admit no. But how do you squelch the light in your child’s eyes if he’s not racking up straight A’s? While the odds are against the vast majority of people who try to make sport their profession, in skiing where races are won and lost by 100ths of a second, this arena is exponentially more unrealistic to achieve excellence.

If we weren’t encouraged to pursue our passions within the confines of our own home, there is plenty of encouragement at school, in the media, and certainly from manufacturers of sporting goods. Mr. X Jr. (MXJ), whom I will refer to my son as, has his encouragement from all angles. He comes by his enthusiasm honestly having a father who ditched university in his twenties to race internationally for Britain. Like the 99.9% of aspiring athletes who don’t make it to the top 0.01% who are good enough to rank internationally, and eventually get paid to do what they consider playing, he returned to complete his education as an adult and went on to pursue a career in business.

Good example in-house, I feel justified ranting about making education a priority and how skiing is a privilege not a right. I have approached my motherly fan club with moderation and caution. I have baked a ski hill birthday cake complete with race gates and ski lift; I have created a special place to showcase his medals and achievements; I endorse purchases of costly fees and equipment. I have also initiated a policy that, in agreement with my husband, lays down the law that if school work and behaviour is not up to snuff, then there’s no white stuff.

I have been astounded and impressed with the commitment of these ski club kids as they train to stay fit during the summer with dryland training, and spend more than half the week during the winter months putting miles under their skis to have just a handful of chances during the year to explode out of a starting gate and pick a better line than the kid before him. I have no doubt that the balance of skiing and school are the subject of discussion in every other ski club household. Pretty intense when you consider pbj’s are still in their top ten food choices. The technical savvy, the mental balance and the tenacity to keep afloat in this sport is daunting. And MXJ seems to feed off of it.

Resolved to continue to encourage my budding athlete, I talk a pretty good game and wield what I hope is some authority in the sketchy household “no snuff, no white stuff” bylaw, but I have yet to enforce this in a way that has real meaning. At time of writing, I’m still mesmerized by MXJ’s dreams of becoming a racer and his bare palette on which he paints his hopes and dreams. Even if he doesn’t know the statistics and logistics of the road only a few will be privileged enough to walk, isn’t it only fitting to allow him to indulge while he is not jaded and weighed down by all of the adult considerations that might shatter his ambitions? Hey, I’m not saying I know the answer with certainty, but my gut says let him dream. So for now, until I have VIP access to the family seats at Kitsbuhel, I’m pretty sure the thing to do is let him sow his seeds and supply enough sunlight and fertilizer. If he’s forty and living in our basement with no job, I’ll let you know. Until then, his ambition remains limitless.

1st Alpine Athletic Champion U16 Challenge held on Oct. 20

This event, held for the first time is aimed at testing the fitness of U16 racers from the Coast Zone. Our club participated with 7 racers, 5 boys and 2 girls. U16 racers this season are those born in 1998 and 1999.
Our racers performed to the best of their abilities, and clearly the hard work during the summer is starting to pay off.
Within the girls, Cheyenna Gubana and Mariya Fedoroff finalized 13 and 14 among 19 participants. Definitely still work to do.
Among the boys, Peter Konigsmann and Nicholas Sommers finalized 6 and 7, with Michael Reid a close 9, in a field of 16 racers. An important detail is that these 3 athletes were the first in their year of birth. Congratulations!!!
Matthew Kuzek finished 14 and Dylan Curtis 16.

So, high five to all that participated, certainly a strong show from our club.

To learn more about the Alpine Athletic Challenge go to

New Head Coaches for U16 and U12 this coming season

In our club’s continuing effort to deliver a program of excellence, we have hired two outstanding professionals to head the U16 and U12 programs.

Gavin Preziosi has been on skis for many years, and has been coaching since the year 2000. Gavin is a Level 3 certified CSCF Alpine Coach, a Level 1 Park and Pipe coach and a Level 1 Skier Cross coach.
His expertise is U16, having been the Head Coach for this group at Sunshine Ski Club, before moving to Vancouver. Prior to that, Gavin spent two seasons as Program Director and Head Coach of Alpine Saskatchewan.
Gavin is a dedicated coach and we are sure our U16 athletes will thrive under his guidance.

Mark Anderson’s racing experience is quite impressive, having made it all the way up to Canada National Speed Team. But foremost is Mark’s expertise and knowledge in coaching the U12 group which he has been coaching for 11 seasons. His rapport with kids is impressive, and his technical eye is very refined. Mark is fully committed to deliver the best coaching to each racer. Having coached at Whistler Mountain Ski Club, Mark knows what it takes to create passionate and technically skilled young racers.

So we welcome Gavin and Mark to our team. In conjunction with Andrzej Lawnik in the U14 group, we are sure we will be able to create the pathway needed to create hard working, committed and proficient skiers within our club!!!

AGM, Welcome Back BBQ and Trunk Sale

Hi Cypress Families!!

Mark your calendars and gear up for the Cypress Ski Club AGM, Welcome Back BBQ and Trunk Sale on Sunday, October 27th !!!

– Learn about what’s new in the Club and nominate members for the Board (including yourself!)
– Pop up your trunk and Buy/Sell your ski gear and clothing (any outgrown team jackets?)
– Make new friends and get to know other members
– All athletes (of any age!) bring athletic gear – there will be fun sporting events to participate in!

This is a very important event for our Club so please make every effort to attend. Bring the whole family for a FREE afternoon of FUN!!

WHERE: Cypress Ski Club Cabin
WHEN: Sunday, October 27th
12:00-12:45 AGM
1:00-4:00 Free BBQ
1:00-4:00 Ski Swap
1:00-4:00 FUN sporting events

As part of Cypress Ski Club’s commitment to being active in the community, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Fall Food Bank Drive. This is in lieu of paying for the BBQ. Thank you!

Let’s get together and make this an exceptional year – We will need the support of all members to make this happen!!!

to Susan Horne so we can estimate how much food to prepare (We would also love volunteers so email us if you can help out!)

Our Club at the 2013 West Van Pumpkin Festival

It was a gorgeous day yesterday at the Pumpkin Festival. In our continuing effort to make the Club known to the community, we participated in this event that is held annually at the West Vancouver Community Center. It is indeed a great opportunity to make our club known to people. Young families attended and many children were there having fun.
We were able to answer questions and we hope to get some children join the club.

A big thank you to all the volunteers that contributed in this event!!