UBC Alpine Ski Team Clinches Berth At USCSA National Championships

Ben Middleton

Red Lodge, Montana – The UBC Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski Team travelled to Red Lodge, Montana over reading break for a successful USCSA Western Regional Championships.

The first day of competition saw the women take to the slopes in the giant slalom. UBC had two podium finishes behind Rocky Mountain College’s Eloise Julliand, with Samantha Bisnaire taking home 2ndand Ella Both sitting comfortably in 3rd. Kayla Johston finished the day in 22ndand Rachel Warner claimed 42nd. Christina Donnelly did not finish her first run. The women finished they day in 2ndoverall narrowly behind Rocky Mountain College.

The men followed up a strong women’s performance, with four men in the top sixteen out of seventy two racers. Michael Bisnaire was the top finisher in 2ndplace, only 0.53 seconds behind Nils Hoegbom of Rocky Mountain College. Luke Terhart finished in 6th, Ben Middleton finished in 13thand Jamie Fisher was 16th. Austin Taylor did not finish his first run. The men finished the day sitting in 2ndoverall, also behind Rocky Mountain College.

On Saturday both it was an interesting day of slalom. Samantha Bisnaire landed on the podium once again, clinching 2ndplace, behind Eloise Julliand of RMC and ahead of Morgan Duffy of the University of Washington. Ella Both finished the day in 10thplace after an equipment malfunction in her first run and Kayla Johnston finished in 17th. Christina Donnelly finished in 20thdespite a hike in her first run and Rachel Warner concluded in 41st.

The men had a tough day with not a single UBC racer finishing two clean runs. Two questionable disqualifications and one successful protest left the men with Austin Taylor in 12th, Luke Terhart in 17th, Ben Middleton in 22ndand Jamie Fisher in 25th. Michael Bisnaire was disqualified on his second run. This left the men finishing the slalom portion in 4thoverall.

When taking both the giant slalom and slalom races into account the women’s team ended up being tied in second place with the University of Colorado. The tie break was lost by one race place leaving Rocky Mountain College in 1st, University of Colorado in 2ndand UBC in 3rd. The men managed to finish in 2ndspot behind Rockey Mountain College and in front of Denver University. With these results, both the men and women clinched team births to the 35thAnnual USCSA National Championships which are being held in Sun Valley, Idaho from March 5th-9th.

Michael Bisnaire was also recognized as the men’s overall points leader in the USCSA Pacific North West Conference alongside Morgan Duffy who claimed the women’s title.