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Ruins Cup sees skiers of all ages

Snowboarders get ready to race during the Ruins Cup, a skier-cross and snowboard event, March 31. - Angie Healey
Snowboarders get ready to race during the Ruins Cup, a skier-cross and snowboard event, March 31.
— image credit: Angie Healey

The 13 annual Ruins Cup for skiers and snowboarders took place on Shames Mountain ski hill, March 31.

One of the event’s organizers, and owner of Ruins Board shop, Tyler Wilson said everyone had a great time in an event where the first person across the finish line wins.

“That’s the beauty of boarder cross, there is no judging ... and that’s what I think makes it so much fun,” Wilson said.

A new development for the race this year was the addition of the nine-and-under events, something now possible as more families and younger children took part in the day.

“The course wasn’t super challenging, but it’s a great course for all ages,” Wilson said.

With about 20 people participating from Smithers Wilson was also impressed with the out-of-town presence at the event.

“It’s nice to see that events can attract people from outside our area,” he explained.

The weekend was wrapped up with Family Day on Shames Mountain, which hosted a BBQ and fun events for kids.

In the boy’s under nine ski, Darcy Fraser from Terrace took first place and Aiden Press from Prince Rupert took second. For the girl’s nine and under, Zosia Stevenson from Prince Rupert took first place and Isabella Moretti from Kitimat took second.

On the 10-13 ski, Emma Loverin from Smithers won first place for the girls, with Kailliam Smale from Telkwa coming in second. For the boys it was Liam Buchanan from Terrace who took first place, and Joey Parkes from Terrace who took second.

In the 14 – 17 men’s ski, Jason Olieman from Smithers came first, and James Goudreaw from Granisle came in second.

In the open ski events, Aimee Gagnier from Smithers took first place, and Katrina Fisher from Terrace came in second. For the men, Scott Marko from Smithers came in first place, and Kylar Highe from Terrace came in second.

The men’s master ski was won by Shawn Stevenson from Prince Rupert, with Ken Parkes from Terrace placing second.

In the snowboard under 10 unisex event, Lisa Nicholson from Terrace came in first, and Toan Krauskopf from Smithers came in second.

In the 11-13 boy’s event Tyler Milne from Kitimat came first, and Justin Hickman from Kitimat came in second.

In the 14 – 17 men’s events Brandon Market from Smithers came in first and Fraser Bell from Terrace came in second.

In the men’s open snowboard event, Collin Davis from Terrace came in first, and Daniel Olieman from Smithers came in second.

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