2016-17 NOR-AM CUP SEASON PREVIEW

2016-17 NOR-AM CUP SEASON PREVIEW

Photo Caption Roger Witney

Calgary, Alta. (December 5, 2016) – The Nor-Am Cup circuit marks an integral stepping stone for developing athletes’ careers in North America, both for alpine and ski cross disciplines, as it provides opportunities for the next generation of stars to compete at the highest level of competition, second only to the World Cup. 

Alpine Canada wishes to thank the local Race Organizing Committees (ROC’s) for their steadfast commitment to investing in the future of Canadian ski racing by facilitating world-class races in Canada. We could not hold these events without the tireless efforts of the volunteer community, which ensures that the races are conducted in the safest of environments. The Nor-Am Cup would not be possible without you all!

Alberta Alpine, Ski Quebec Alpin and Alpine Ontario are taking lead roles in executing alpine and ski cross Nor-Am races in Lake Louise (AB), Mont Ste-Marie (QC), Mont Garceau (QC), Val St-Come (QC) and Blue Mountain (ON). 

Alpine Nor-Am Cup Series

The Alpine Development Team is full of young talent looking to make their mark on the Nor-Am Cup circuit. After months spent in the gym and on-snow, along side some of the best coaches in the world, this group of athletes is ready to storm the Nor-Am circuit to chase podium finishes and overall titles. The eight-stop tour kicks off in Lake Louise, AB and Panorama Mountain Resort, BC in December, then moves to the United States before returning to Quebec for the Mont Ste-Marie, Mont Garceau and Val St-Come men’s and ladies’ technical finals and Sugarloaf, Maine for the speed finals in March. 

Men’s Development Team Head Coach and former World Cup downhill champion, John Kucera is confident in the team heading into the season saying, “we have had a great prep period and we’re feeling good heading into the season. Some of the guys have been part of the program for a few years and we’re looking for strong results. For the younger guys, we’ll be looking to see them begin to close the gaps. We’re excited to get things going!” 

View the full Nor-Am Cup schedule here

Sport Chek Canadian Ski Cross Tour - NorAm Men’s & Ladies Ski Cross

With Canada Ski Cross introducing a Centralized Training Program based in Calgary, Alberta, there continues to be an emphasis on finding, growing and fostering talent for the relatively new sport. There are six Nor-Am Cup stops scheduled for ski cross this season giving the next generation of talent plenty of opportunities to build on success throughout the year. The circuit kicks off in Sunridge, Alberta in January and will finish at Blue Mountain, Ontario in March following the 2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals, supported by Mackenzie Investments. 

The Next Gen team will include the return of India Sherret, the 2015 World Junior Champion, helping the ladies’ team to continually push each other to earn a spot in a World Cup race this season. The men’s side is full of strong talent, including Ned Ireland who will be looking to claim the Nor-Am title again. 

“The new Centralized Program is united, strong and prepared to strive for the highest level yet,” said Sead Causevic, C and D Teams Head Coach. “We’ve had a great training block over the summer and into the fall and there’s a lot of potential to be reached amongst the team. The A and B Team athletes provide inspiration and benchmarks for our athletes to strive for.”

View the full Nor-Am Cup schedule here

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