NCO FIS Mid Season Report

The 2017 alpine season is racing by and there's no shortage of snow this year!

After launching the season with training and racing at Mount Norquay in Banff in December, the team returned east to participate in a six-race block as part of the Quebec Super Series. The athletes raced at Val St-Come, Mont Tremblant and St-Sauveur then headed home for the holidays.

More training was on the roster and then they were off to Mont-Saint-Anne in January for two slalom and one giant slalom races, also part of the Quebec Super Series.

Many of the athletes also participated in the new Ontario OCUP Series with two slalom races at Osler Bluff in Collingwood in January.

Head Coach Joey Lavigne has re-introduced speed to the team, with a small group experiencing their first downhill races at Sugarloaf, Maine. Some athetes also participated in Super G races also at Sugarloaf as well as Gore Mountain, in New York State. Weather conditions caused cancellation of some of the races, to the dismay of the athletes. The athletes have nicknamed themselves the NCOST (NCO Speed Team).

On February 10 and 11, the athletes got their only opportunity to race at home this season, with two OCUP slaloms at Camp Fortune.

Individual athletes are progressing well, with first-year athletes scoring their first FIS points, and second-year athletes improving their points.

Helen Hume, Nicole Clarke, Sam Duff and Aidan Marler have all received medals or ribbons in various FIS races this season.

Next up is a four-race block of slalom and giant slalom at Bromont as part of the Quebec Super Series.
Thank you to Joey and Assistant Coach Alex Lennox for their excellent coaching this season!
Check out the FIS website (https://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/results.html) for individual athlete results.
Nicole