The Sun Peaks FIS Speed Ski World Cup will be held one last time March 11th to 14th, 2015 on the Headwalls Speed Ski Track at Sun Peaks Resort, B.C. Canada.
After 26 years , this years event will be the last speed ski event to be held at Sun Peaks Resort and probably the last speed ski race to be held anywhere in North America. Due to the current financial climate in sporting event sponsorship and several other key factors, the Sun Peaks Speed Skiing Club is unable to continue to host this iconic race after this years event.
“Sadly, due to the current economics of funding ski races , shrinking racer demographics and several other key factors, we are unable to continue after this years event.” said Race Chairman Adam Earle. “It has been a great run and we are all extremely proud that we have been able to keep the exciting sport of speed skiing alive and well in North America for over two decades. The Headwalls speed track at Sun Peaks has rewarded and terrified the fastest skiers in the world over the last 20 years and while not the fastest track in the world , it has gained the utmost respect of all the racers that have tried to concur it.”
“The reality is with so many other sports and new ski disciplines fighting for shrinking sponsorship dollars, we are simply a victim of the times. We have hosted 12 successful FIS World Cup events in the past 13 years and this year we are going out with a bang.We expect 50 or more of the fastest skiers on the planet to descend on Sun Peaks Resort for one last run off the top in March and hopefully we can reach our long time target of 180 kmh.”
Started back in 1989 as a fun local speed ski event named the Velocity Challenge, this one of kind ski race has been the only continuously run speed skiing event in North America and has hosted regional, provincial and Canadian National Championships along with 12 successful FIS Speed Ski World Cup events over the last 26 years.
All speed skiers from around the globe that have raced at Sun Peaks and those that have always wanted to are encouraged to come out one last time to test their mettle on the Headwalls speed track and see if they can break the course record of 178.22 Kmh set last year by Sun Peaks local Kenny Dale.
Complete event details will be posted in the coming weeks or for more information contact Adam Earle – firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-578-0207