Hawes, Storey fastest at Yukon Cup

Josie Storey and Abby Hawes are best friends. They are also rivals on the slopes. The two 14-year-olds had the fastest overall times at the Yukon Cup at Mount Sima over the weekend.

Josie Storey and Abby Hawes are best friends. They are also rivals on the slopes.

The two 14-year-olds had the fastest overall times at the Yukon Cup at Mount Sima over the weekend.

Hawes had the fastest time of any skier in the giant slalom on Saturday, while Storey had the fastest overall time in the slalom event on Sunday.

Though Hawes has finished in front of her buddy in some Outside races, like in Lake Louise last month, Saturday was the first time she beat Storey at Yukon’s alpine race championship.

“I was actually really happy with that,” said Hawes.

“This year I’ve been getting stronger and I’m just getting better at skiing,” she added. “It just kind of happened that way.”

Hawes and Storey, who were competing in under-16 females, are both members of the Yukon Alpine Race Team.

Producing the third fastest time for females in giant slalom was race teammate Katie Vowk in the under-14 female division.

In Sunday’s slalom event, Tayler Mitchell had the third fastest time overall on the day. Mitchell is also on the Yukon Alpine Race Team and competes in under-16 female.

“What surprised me was that, in the slalom, Tayler Mitchell was right behind them,” said Yves Titley, the race team’s head coach. “She improved her times.”

Even younger skiers were the fastest for males both days.

Yukon race team’s Charlie Hawes had the fastest time in the giant slalom on Saturday. Charlie, who was in under-12 males, was the only skier other than Storey and Abby to break the one-minute mark.

Under-12’s Shane Orban was second fastest for males on Saturday and Storey’s father David had the third fastest time, skiing in open men.

Orban had the overall fastest time for males in Sunday’s slalom in front of fellow under-12 skiers Liam Diamond and Jake Charleton.

Orban is another member of Yukon’s race team and Diamond and Charleton are in the developmental Snow Stars program.

“Shane joined the team two years ago and he’s improving quite a lot,” said Titley. “He’s a big boy and he’s got quite a good technique now.

“All the other kids should keep an eye on him. He’s just 12 and he’s a strong skier.”

Storey won silver in dual slalom at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games in juvenile girls and also produced two fourth-place finishes.

Storey’s silver was the first Arctic Games medal won by the Yukon in alpine skiing since 2006.

“Another one I’d like to mention is Kendra Peters,” said Titley. “I saw her ski and, man, that girl has potential.

“From a coach’s point of view, when I see her come down, I can see she has potential.”

The 2013 Yukon Cup featured 27 racers on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.

Giant slalom results

Under-eight female (short course)

1st Lydia Brown – 1:06.15

2nd Adelle Anderson – 1:07.35

3rd Aniela Hanley – 1:15.50

4th Jordan Minifie – 1:21.67

Under-eight male (short course)

1st Alex Brown – 1:03.65

2nd Gallagher D’Abramo – 1:11.18

3rd Axel Anderson – 1:19.31

Under-10 female

1st Greta Gladwin – 1:26.68

2nd Mollie Fraser – 1:27.95

Under-10 male

1st Orin Gladwin – 1:22.12

2nd Clayton Chapman – 1:27.24

3rd Nikos Legere-Melanson – 2:08.98

Under-12 female

1st Kendra Peters – 1:17.88

Under-12 male

1st Charlie Hawes – 59.19

2nd Shane Orban – 1:01.05

3rd Manas Toews – 1:13.66

4th Liam Diamond – 1:14.58

Under-14 female

1st Katie Vowk – 1:00.84

2nd Samantha Richardson – 1:11.66

3rd Grace-Anne Janssen- 1:25.05

4th Lydia Wilks – 1:31.26

Under-16 female

1st Abby Hawes – 56.64

2nd Josie Storey – 58.41

3rd Tayler Mitchell – 1:01.10

Open female

1st Sandy Birrell – 1:03.03

2nd Kaitlynn Mitchell – 1:04.20

Open male

1st David Storey – 1:12.80

Slalom results

Under-10 female

1st Greta Gladwin – 1:31.68

2nd Mollie Fraser – 1:32.60

Under-10 male

1st Orin Gladwin – 1:24.42

Under-12 female

1st Kendra Peters – 1:24.00

Under-12 male

1st Shane Orban – 1:04.37

2nd Liam Diamond – 1:20.56

3rd Jake Charleton – 1:22.54

4th Manas Toews – 1:23.06

5th Charlie Hawes – 1:28.90

Under-14 female

1st Samantha Richardson – 1:07.34

2nd Grace-Anne Janssen – 1:32.37

3rd Lydia Wilks – 1:36.95

Under-16 female

1st Josie Storey – 53.67

2nd Abby Hawes – 56.84

3rd Tayler Mitchell – 1:02.29

Open female

1st Kaitlynn Mitchell – 1:04.05

Contact Tom Patrick at


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Whitehorse and Carcross will be among seven northern communities to have unlimited internet options beginning Dec. 1. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet for some available Dec. 1

Whitehorse and Carcross will be among seven northern communities to have unlimited… Continue reading

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Most Read