UBC Alpine Ski Team Caps Off Season At Nationals

2013 UBC Alpine Ski Team

Sun Valley, Idaho – The UBC ski team travelled to Sun Valley, Idaho last week for the 35th Annual USCSA National Championships. Despite the athletes being disappointed with the cumulating races of their season, the team had some great results competing with an international field.

The women took to the slopes first competing in the giant slalom. Ella Both was the top finisher on the day, finishing in 4th after an incredible second run where she won by almost eight tenths of a seconds. Samantha Bisnaire did not finish her second run after an notable first run. Christina Donnelly finished in 23rd and Kayla Johston was in 24th. This left the Lady Ski Birds sitting just barely in 4th position overall behind Sierra Nevada, Rocky Mountain and St. Olaf.

Next it was the men’s turn to take on the giant slalom. The men battled awful conditions with very limited visibility and copious amounts of snow to finish in 11th. Despite some of the worst conditions of the day, Mike Bisnaire finished in 4th and Ben Middleton in 14th. Luke Terhart, Austin Taylor and Jamie Fisher did not complete their runs.

The women’s team placed 6th in the slalom. Ella Both continued her strong bid, finishing once again as UBC’s top finisher in 12th, Samantha Bisnaire finished in 14th, Christina Donnelly ended up in 49thdespite a second run hike, and Kayla Johnston who also had a bobble in her first run, finished in 54th.

The men’s slalom also saw UBC falling victim to more bad luck having only two clean finishers. Mike Bisnaire finished in 9th place, the freshman Jamie Fisher came in 22nd and Luke Terhart finished in 43rd after some difficulties during both runs. Austin Taylor and Ben Middleton did not finish their first runs.

The men did manage to regain their winning ways on the final day of competition during the Dual Slalom. They qualified for the knock out round in third spot and managed to defeat Clarkson to keep their spot on the podium, behind Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada.

The ski birds had two racers finish in the mix for the overall title with the freshman Ella Both finishing in an impressive 3rd place behind two very experienced racers Elloise Julliand from Rocky Mountain and Johanna Tikkanen from Sierra Nevada. Mike Bisnaire finished in 4th place behind Nils Hoegbom of Rocky Mountain, Jaka Jazbec and Luca Ricou of Sierra Nevada. In terms of the team overall standings the women’s team finished in 4th and the men finished in 8th.

The team is already looking forward to the 2013-2014 season where nine out of ten members will be returning and challenging for the title at the 36th USCSA National Championships.