Squamish skiers shined on the podium at this year’s first Timber Tour competition, which took place on Apex Mountain from Jan. 18 to 20.
Jeff Fairbairn, coach of the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club, said that local athletes’ hard work and dedication paid off during the races.
In the under-16 category, Squamish skier Chase Capicik took the gold in the ladies’ moguls.
“She’s got the will of the win,” said Fairbairn. “She wants to win. She’s a very focused competitor. She definitely puts in her time training.”
Capicik wasn’t the only Squamish skier to place well during the event.
Malica Malherbe captured fourth and Lynette Conn took fifth.
“Both girls skied extremely well, again — those two girls train very hard. They spend a lot of time practising their jumps in the summertime up at the water ramps in Whistler. They’re coming along quite well.”
Fairbairn added that the three girls will hopefully become serious prospects for the B.C. freestyle provincial team.
The Squamish boys weren’t slouching off on the hills, either.
Mattheus Heslop won double gold in the under-14 division, taking wins in both the single and dual mogul events.
“He’s great — this is his first Timber Tour,” said Fairbairn. “He’s new with our club this year. Kid’s just an all-around great skier, you know, and his performance really surprised me.”
The coach said that Heslop has great potential.
“Definitely a kid to look out for in the future,” Fairbairn said.
Squamish’s Owen Scarth won double bronze in the under-16 boys for singles and duals.
“Owen was great,” said Fairbairn. “It was amazing to see Owen, just with very little time on the mogul course, come out and put down the performance that he did.”
This past Timber Tour the first of three events this season.
The first two Timber Tours competitions bring out athletes from across B.C. and act as qualifiers to determine who will be competing on the national stage, which will be in Quebec later this year.
In a separate competition, Squamish’s Cassidy Butterworth recently placed sixth overall in the ladies’ moguls at Val Saint-Come in Quebec. It was at a Canada Cup Series event.
She’s a Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club alumnus who made it to the provincial team last year.
***Please note this story has been corrected. Fairbairn said, "Will of the win," not "will of the wind."