At the end of the Michaelmas Term, 14 pupils departed for the 15th Canada Cup in Jasper, Alberta. This is an invitation only event involving many other UK independent schools including Harrow, Eton and Wellington. This year we were also joined by British schools from Houston and Boston. Open to beginners and expert racers alike, the Canada Cup is a great opportunity for anyone to improve their skiing.
The weather conditions were excellent all week and the pupils enjoyed exploring the mountain and getting to know their instructors. Naomi Brown, mother of Anthony L, had flown up from Vancouver and provided the team with a plethora of healthy food and snacks on the mountain. Both pupils and staff can’t thank her enough for the effort that she put into looking after the team.
In the evenings, the pupils explored Jasper and absorbed the local culture, including filling the stands at the ice hockey arena. Jasper really is a magical place in the winter and especially at Christmas. As one pupil put it, it was like living in a Christmas card for ten days.
The final three days of the trip are race days with dual slalom, slalom and giant slalom events. The fastest racers enter the Canada Cup itself with the remaining taking part in the Challenge Cup. Only a few of our team had raced before but they all gave it a go and had great fun in the process.
On the final night of the trip, we joined the other schools for a gala dinner and prize giving event at the impressive Jasper Park Lodge. Despite our team’s lack of racing experience, we came away with three awards. Ethan S won gold in the Men’s U16 Slalom, Emilia B took bronze in the Women’s U16 GS Challenge Cup and Charlotte L took bronze in the Women’s Open GS.
The Canada Cup really is a great experience for all who attend and everyone felt that they came back a better skier. The 2024 trip will be launched in the next few weeks, with highlights from the 2023 experience below.
Dr Simon Flatres