Season's End!

What a season! It is always sad when things come to an end, especially with all the snow we had the second half of the season. It is hard to think back to December when everything was still patchy on the hill and there were no big natural falls to help out. Now approaching mid-April I still have bigger snow banks in the yard than I have had in years and there is more called for today. Even so, it is time to put on the layer of summer wax and store the skis and gear away for the summer which always seems to pass faster than the ski season!
We had a great year as a club. Swelling numbers brought a flood of new faces to the TSR chalet and the kids had a blast. Tremendous coaching helped all the kids excel. We saw a lot of skill development from every member and I think all the kids made some significant gains over the year. The Nancy Greene finals highlighted the club’s growth with a huge number of skiers attending this year in North Bay where we tied for first place with Adanac. We will be hosting the finals next year (now the U10 divisional finals - Nancy Greene racing will no longer be with us) in March so we will be looking for an even better showing for our athletes. Our racers made showings at races all over the province and beyond - Kanasuta, Val d’Or, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay and provincials. It creates a whirlwind of driving and skiing that stretches for 10 weeks but it is worth it. All the kids had loads of fun and in the end, it’s all about the kids.
Our club hosted the Boreal Cup and Slalom Derby this year. Both were a big success and due to the tremendous organization (George!) and support of all our parent volunteers the races went off without a hitch. The only downside is that we have set the bar so high for ourselves that it will be hard to top next year.
Today is the TSR season end Banquet. We look forward to seeing everyone again one last time before we scatter for the summer. I think the friendships the kids have made over the year will be something they all remember.
Relax and put your feet up for now. Next season will come before you know it. If anyone is bored this summer, we will be out at the hill laying new wires for timing. Lots of hands makes big jobs quick and fun.
I will try to get caught up on video and picture posts in the next few weeks so keep checking back.