The results are now posted. A total of 138 participants and numerous volunteers raised funds for the Smithers Ski & Snowboard Club.
The very first Schuss Boomer Downhill did not come off without a hitch. As a matter of fact it had many.
Adult recreational downhill races, welcoming skiers of all levels, were and still are very rare. In 1984/85, the Ski Smithers Downhill was one of only three held in Canada and eventually led to the only 'Masters' sanctioned downhill ever offered in the series.
Despite the concerns over safety, cost and participation, the Friday night registration party for Sundays' race brought out the best of skiers enthusiasm. And while 2½ feet of fresh snow the night before threatened cancelling the first race - volunteers and skier commitment carried it thru.
The Ski Smithers Downhill has grown thru the years. At it's height, participation exceeded 100 competitors per race with skiers from B.C., Alberta and Alaska joining in. Radar speeds topped 105 kph or better and prizes have grown. Yet the underlying success lies with the countless volunteers and organizers enthusiasm and commitment, as well as the adventurous spirit of all levels of skier.
Bring a friend and join in the celebrations of this great recreational ski, snowboard and telemark downhill race. You will have a great experience.
Hudson Bay Mountain Resort - formerly known as Ski & Ride Smithers, Ski Smithers
Changes are coming for 2016 and beyond.