Thursday, January 11, 2007

Australia's Best School Skiers to compete at Sun Peaks

The action takes place January 12-14, 2007!

January 9, 2007 – Sun Peaks, BC – Award-winning young Australian skiers are traveling to the Canadian ski resort of Sun Peaks to claim the inaugural Sun Peaks Family Cup.

2007 is the first year for the Sun Peaks Family Cup, sponsored by Ski Tours Canada, a ski & snowboard race open to any school aged student in Canada and around the world. Parents can also compete in races that cover everything from fastest time to most spectacular fall.

The Sun Peaks Family Cup is a perpetual trophy awarded to the country which scores the highest combined point score from their countries competitors. The competitors may also form their own team by family, region club or association for the “Regional Cup Award or Family Cup Award”.

The Sun Peaks Family Cup is based upon the same program undertaken by the Scots College in Australia. The Scots Cup has been held annually in Perisher Blue (Australia) since 1992, initially for Sydney’s Scots College students until it was opened to all school aged skiers (4 to 19 years) in 2001. Its popularity led to the event expanding to Canada four years ago as the Scots Fernie International Interschools Cup.

The event program has now been expanded to include Sun Peaks Family Cup with the inaugural event running January 14, 2007. With over 200 competitors expected from Australia, Canada and many other countries the event is expected to provide a high level of competition from both local Canadians and the visiting Australians.

The event program begins Friday January 12th, with a welcome cocktail reception at the Hearthstone Lodge for adult competitors. Saturday’s events include skiing with Olympic Champion Nancy Greene and a parade through the village at 4:30pm. The races take place on Sunday. Course inspection is set for 9am, the two-run race beginning at 10am. Prizes will be handed out at Masa’s at 4pm.

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