THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – The 2017 Canadian U-16 Alpine Ski Nationals get underway Monday February 20 with training runs at Loch Lomond Ski Area.
160 of the top young skiers, ages 14 and 15, from ski teams across Canada along with 40 coaches are here to compete in the event being host by the Lake Superior Ski Division Alpine and Alpine Ontario.
The competition will feature three disciplines Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. There will be training runs for the Super G on Monday, with the competition to open on Tuesday with the Super G event.
The Canadian championship will run through to Saturday February 25 wrapping up with the Team Parallel Slalom event.
This national ski competition comes on the heels of the Lake Superior Ski Division Alpine hosting a very successful U-16 Ontario Alpine Championships two years ago in March 2015. The provincial championship generated an economic impact of $966,000 attracting 165 athletes and 40 coaches from across Ontario for the five day event.
The Lake Superior Ski Division Alpine is looking to build capacity to further meet Federation International Ski requirements for hosting future championship events.
For more information of the U-16 Ski Nationals, you can visit the website: www.u16ski.ca or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/U16ski/.