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Local Venues Host Snowboardcross, Slalom, Biathlon Competitions

Saturday, January 30, 2016 @ 3:54 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Winter sports facilities in the Prince George area will put the abilities of athletes from around the world to the test this weekend with competitions slated at Tabor Mountain Ski Resort, Purden Ski Village and Otway Nordic Centre.

BC Snowboard spokesperson Cathy Astofooroff says high-level Nor Am Tour Snowboardcross races will be held at Tabor today and tomorrow.  “There are about 95 athletes from across Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Great Britain and the Netherlands competing at Tabor Mountain on the track that we built for the Canada Winter Games.”

There are lady’s and men’s races both days and all competitors must hold a valid FIS license in order to register.  There are two more Nor Am Tour SBX events taking place at Tabor on Feb. 4th and Feb. 5th, 2016.

The Prince George Ski Club is hosting regional slalom races at Purden today and tomorrow.  Dozens of young skiers between the ages of 11 and 18 from across  north-central B.C. are competing in the Teck Zone slalom event which is sanctioned by BC Alpine.  More than 30 nationally carded BC Alpine ski team members will be racing over the weekend.  Participating skiers come from Prince George, Mackenzie, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers and Terrace.

And the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club is hosting the top biathletes in the province this weekend at BC Cup #2 at Otway Nordic Centre.  There are 88 biathletes representing nine clubs taking part in two separate competitions:  the Sprint Competition starts at 11 am today and should be completed within 2 hours.  The Individual Competition, which includes a number of categories, will start at 10 am Sunday.

BC Cup #2 is the third qualifier for the National Championships being held in Val Cartier, Quebec in March.  Prince George athletes who are trying to land a spot on Team BC include Bobby Kreitz, Mark Hartley, Logan Sherba, Colton MacDougall, Hayden Neill, Ariadne Douglas and UNBC Nordic Scholar Jarod Algra.


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