Hume tops Pontiac GMC Cup standings 

The Pontiac GMC Cup season got underway in Invermere last week with a slalom and giant slalom series at Panorama Resort.

Whistler’s Scott Hume had four solid races, and currently sits on top of the western standings.

In the opening day of racing, a giant slalom, Calgary’s Shona Rubens took her first of several wins, edging out fellow Albertans Jessica Dakers and Sherry Lawrence.

Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumnus Christina Risler was fifth. Other Whistler skiers include Anastasia Skryabina in seventh, Danielle Robson in ninth, and Alison Leighton in 16 th to round out the top-30 in a field of 106 participants.

In the second women’s GS the following day, Rubens was once again the girl to beat, followed by Lawrence and Danielle Poleschuk of Fernie. Risler slipped to sixth, Skryabina was ninth, Robson 10 th , Leighton 13 th and Julia Murray 30 th .

In the slalom, Sherry Lawrence added a gold to her collection of silver and bronze, while Rubens dropped to second. Tayrn O’Flynn was third.

Anastasia Skryabina was eighth, Leighton 13 th , Murray 21 st , and Jennifer Mah 26 th .

In the first men’s slalom, Whistler’s Scott Hume was the top racer, finishing almost a second ahead of Calgary’s Trevor White. Ryan Perlus of Ontario was third.

Other Whistler skiers in the mix were Manuel Osborne-Paradis in 10th, Robbie Dixon in 16 th , Chris Colpitts in 20 th , and Ben Chaddock in 21 st to round out the top-30. The race had 92 starters.

On the second day of slalom, Rubens took over again for the women, edging out Kristen Tarchuk and Lawrence by more than second.

Julia Murray moved up to 16 th , Skyrabina dropped to 18 th , and Mah was 22 nd .

In the men’s race Hume dropped to third, behind Ryan Perlus and Brad Spence. Chaddock moved up to ninth, Dixon was 11 th , Marcus Waring 15 th and Colpitts 17 th .

In the men’s giant slalom on Sunday Hume finished fourth, missing the podium by a margin of 0.11 seconds. Stefan Guay of Mont Tremblant – the younger brother of national team star Erik Guay – was first, followed by John Kucera and Brad Spence.

Colpitts was 13 th , Dixon 14 th , Waring 22 nd , Tyler Nella 25 th and Chaddock 30 th out of a field of 120 hopefuls.

On the final day of competition on Monday, Brad Spence worked his way to the top of the podium, followed by Cameron Barnes and Stefan Guay, who tied for second. Robbie Dixon moved up to seventh and Scott Hume was eighth.

The Pontiac GMC Cup series will continue from Jan. 8-11 at Nakiska, Alberta.

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