Ski cross championship brings out all kinds

The Yukon Ski Cross Championship had a mixed bag of skiers at Mount Sima on Sunday. The event, held in conjunction with the snowboard cross portion of the Yukon Snowboard Championships, featured alpine skiers and freestyle skiers.

The Yukon Ski Cross Championship had a mixed bag of skiers at Mount Sima on Sunday.

The event, held in conjunction with the snowboard cross portion of the Yukon Snowboard Championships, featured alpine skiers and freestyle skiers.

The event grows every year. Sunday saw 41 skiers race, 13 more than last year and 30 more than in 2011.

Some of the Yukon’s top alpine skiers were out for the event.

Yukon Alpine Race Team members Josie Storey and Abby Hawes were battling for the open female title.

Storey, who has numerous Yukon Cup titles under her belt, won the division, edging out her friend Hawes.

Sunday’s were Storey’s first ski cross races.

“The course is a lot shorter; it did not take long at all,” said Storey, comparing it to alpine. “It was kind of similar to racing (alpine), in the competitiveness.

“I wasn’t quite sure how it worked, I just winged it. I don’t know strategy (but) I think it’s best to stay on the inside. If you’re able to push people to the outside, it’s better.”

Five members of the Yukon freestyle ski team traded jumps for race gates in the event.

Aiden Allen, who was the first Yukon male to win a medal at the B.C. Freestyle Ski Championships last month, placed third in the males open division.

“If you have a good start, you can win,” added Storey. “I think the only reason I won on the final was because I had a really good start and it’s almost impossible to pass people.”

Top-five results

Competitive males under-12

1st Shane Orban

2nd Brodie Ferland

3rd Hunter Organ-Wood

4th Anthony Barteaux

5th Mael Pronovost

Recreational males under-12

1st Charlie Hawes

Males 13-15

1st Kyran Allen

2nd Niko Rodden

3rd Jack Blair

DNS Kenton Benoit

Recreational males open

1st Manuel Kennedy Kuiper

2nd Jakov Tokic

3rd Remy C.K.Kuiper

DNS Eric Fekete

Competitive males open

1st Philippe Mouchet

2nd Sam Schirmer

3rd Aiden Allen

4th Etienne Geoffrey-Gagnon

5th Calahan Guidoin

Open female

1st Josie Storey

2nd Abby Hawes

3rd Martha Taylor

4th Isabelle Gagnon

5th Sara Burke-Forsyth

Masters male

1st Jarrid Davy

2nd Marc Pronovost

3rd Mike Beaman

4th Urs Schirmer

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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