Race series wraps up with a ripper 

The sun came out in patches, but not enough to slow the snow down for the last running of the Kokanee Valley Race Series on March 28.

The last event was a challenging giant slalom on Ross’ Gold, featuring a 370 metre vertical drop, on terrain that varied from extremely steep to almost flat.

Some competitors made it to all eight races in the series, and would probably have made it to 10 if there weren’t two cancellations due to the weather

In addition to the usual awards, the final race also determined the final rankings within each competitive category.

For some competitors, the last race was all they needed to finish on top. Only the top six results counted towards the standings.

Regardless of the competitive categories some of the most impressive results were posted by the senior skiers. Grace Oaks, who skied unopposed in the women’s 60-plus category, posted a time of 2:52.52 in the last race, which would have put her in second in women’s 30 to 39 race.

Bob Switzer, racing in the men’s 60 to 69 category, posted a time of 2:27.02, less than eight seconds back of the top pro skier and good enough for first in the men’s 19 to 29 race.

Luke Dolan won the last pair of Atomic 10*22 skis, and the last Oxygen snowboard went to Owen Owens.

Results:

Pro Women Results (Skiers)

1. Liz R. Thompson – 2:32.52

2. Sanae Tanaka – 2:37.37

Pro Women Standings Final Standings

1. Sanae Tanaka – 500 points

2. Judy Ameli – 460

3. Liz R. Thompson – 300

Women 60 Plus

1. Grace Oaks – 2:52.52

Women 60 Plus Standings

1. Grace Oaks – 600

Women 50 to 59

1. Randall Carpenter – 2:53.66

Women 50 to 59 Standings

1. Randall Capenter – 600

Women 40 to 49

1. Janine Linder Joris – 2:52.52

2. Wendy Harrison – 2:40.86

3. Terry Vincent – 2:41.53

Women 40 to 49 Standings

1. Wendy Harrison – 540

2. Terry Vincent – 500

3. Janine Linder Joris – 430

Women 30 to 39

1. Akiko Kitagawa – 2:48.05

2. Sarah Bourne – 3:07.39

Women 30 to 39 Standings

1. Sarah Bourne – 520

2. Akiko Kitagawa – 400

3. Reiko Kagawa – 100

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