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Articles/Comments on the club...
The Calgary Journal (article)
Super G Magazine (article)
"As with most typical training camps, the group of athletes arrived full of enthusiasm in most cases, some doing their best to wake up from too little sleep. Discussion revolved around the days training to come, equipment preparation, who had discovered the latest “advantage” in preparing for the day and all of the other chatter challenging each other as they readied to leave the lodge at Nakiska to head up the mountain." Ozzie
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"All of us owe you two a great debt of gratitude to you guys for your great organization, brilliant coaching and dedication to the sport. From me and all the others a great big thanks, and hope to see you back on the slopes in November." D.S.
"Thanks for organizing such a great event - Rides of March, it was great to get back out and race! and to chase Thomas down the hill was a treat." C.K.
"Thanks very much for all the effort you put into making Rides of March happen and happen in a VERY polished manner." I.H.
Congratulations go to your Masters organization and volunteers for such a smooth running and well organized race--absolutely terrific in every way. What a learning and confidence-building experience it has been for me." D.S.
"Thanks a lot for all your work putting together the race. It was a great day, and really reminded me how much I love ski racing. I'm excited to come again next year." A.W.G.
"My thanks and appreciation to your club and volunteers for hosting the race. There was beautiful weather, great snow, and a superb hill to work with, but the execution of the race still lies with the volunteers and their work was first rate." G.W.
"The Rides of March pictures are fabulous. They make me look better than I really am. Terrific job on those." T.H.
"Incredible Pictures! They are so great, thank you for all the hard work! They are so wonderful, are you sure that is ME? I am so convinced that I learned so much with you, It was so much fun with you all and I hope if all body parts are cooperating next season, we have another year of the same!" CH.J.
"I wanted to thank you for all your sound advice and coaching this winter. I had a real good time, and I’m looking forward to next year." F.L.
"I learned a lot about skiing this year and had a lot of fun. I really appreciate the work you and the others put into the club, and I look forward to helping out however I can next year." S.B.
"Thanks for letting us run in, it really helped and the coaching definitely made a difference." A.A.
"Many thanks from “The Rookie” in the Masters’ Alpine Racing community. You have made my first experience something I will never forget." M.S.
Each year Master's athletes are recognized nationally for their performance and consistency with being named to the CMAT - Canadian Masters Alpine Team.
2018 CMAT Members:
Christa Jenkins, Irene Collins, Donya Nero, Lauren Avery, Keith Ible, Adam Glodkiewicz, Hugh Geiger, Darren Gee, Dean Smith, Jason Barton, Adam Kennedy
2017 Most Improved members:
Female: Cynthia Wohlberg, Male: Hans Hannema & Yvon Lemieux, Racers Heart: Patty Edgar, Most Valuable Player: Darren Gee, Special Executive: Pasha Gorelov
About the club...
The Alberta Masters Ski Club is a member club of Alberta Alpine and Alpine Canada. We are a focal point for Master's Racing in Alberta. We are lead on the snow by a fantastic Head Coach - Claudio Berto and our talented Program Director - Derek Mortson. Off the snow, a passionate volunteer Board of Directors handles the growth and management of the club.
We have close associations with the two mountains at which we train. Our weekend home is Nakiska in the beautiful Kananaskis Provincial Park. Home of the 1988 Olympics, Nakiska is steeped in ski racing history and is an excellent venue to call home. With the continued support of and from Jan, Nakiska's Area Manager, Alberta Masters enjoy regular training on the best terrain. A typical day begins in the main daylodge, with the group meeting by the fire place. At 8:50am we head outside and up the mountain for the morning session. At lunch, we review the morning's video and refuel for the afternoon. The end of the day often finds us in the bar relaxing, socializing and analyzing the day's progress.
If you are looking for us, we are hard to miss... look for the older crowd, proudly sporting our blue and orange Spyder uniforms.
Monday nights, we are at Canada Olympic Park, on the east side of the slope. We are on the hill by 6pm and put in a solid couple of hours of work before ending the evening with video review.
Training and Racing...
We train through out the winter, working on a mix of technical free skiing and gate sessions. We focus on Slalom, Giant Slalom and Fast GS disciplines, often gearing up for different races, including the annual Canadian Masters Alpine Championships which will be at Panorama March 29th - April 1st, 2018.
A highlight of the season for speed freaks is the annual Over-The-Hill Downhill at SilverStar in Vernon (in 2018, on Sunday February 4th).
With our close associations with other Master's groups across the country, we provide a high caliber of intense sport excitement for all ages from 18 to 80+. Our courses are well prepared and technically certified. It is quite common to see a huge grin on the face of the athlete as they cross the finish line, often in tandem with a hoot of joy and a desire to head up and do it again.
What is Master's Ski Racing
Adult ski racing generally describes any adult alpine ski race. Whether it’s a fun a corporate event, a weekly 'beer league'series or a national or FIS sanctioned event. The common element here is gates. The level of competition and preparation varies enormously. Our Masters group has a stronger focus on National sanctioned events and a stronger emphasis on improving skiing through FIS styled slalom and Giant Slalom races. If you are over 18 you’re a qualified Master.
The realm of Masters Alpine racing is formally applied to a timed run through control gates, ranked by one of 12 age groups for male and female. The Groups for the most part are 5 year increments from 18 to 80+ years old.
For International FIS races the minimum age is 30. All alpine ski races subscribe to an international standard, so races are run with a good deal of protocol and discipline to ensure safety and fairness for all competitors. This also becomes a bit of a daunting task for those new to the sport. We hope we can provide enough direction so that you can hook up with us or another Alpine group and dance through some slalom gates.
In its most recreational sense anyone can ski a giant slalom course without any special equipment. You’ll soon tire of this tortoise like approach and invest in some race skis and slalom armor. Yes we do have to gear up a bit if we are going to challenge the clock. Helmets are mandatory for all training and racing. Fortunately the clock isn’t always that important.
Master's are also welcome to compete in U16 events (must have a National Competitors Card) and various Masters Events. We also venture to fun races like the Bozo Cup and the Bruno Engler race.