Alpine ski fans can watch as the Fernie Alpine Ski Team (FAST) is represented in Whistler live over the Easter long weekend.
Devin Mittertreiner will be among the top youth alpine ski racers in the world competing for the Whistler Cup from April 3-5, which will be broadcasted through a live stream on ViaSport.
A skier since the age of two and member of FAST since he was six, Mittertreiner has traveled back and forth between hometown Calgary and Fernie ever since then to train.
“I’ve been skiing in Fernie for a long time, it’s a place my parents used to come to ski ,” explained Mittertreiner. “Fernie has been really great and the coaches have been awesome and supportive over the years.”
Mittertreiner hopes to improve upon his performance at last year’s Whistler Cup, that saw him finish with several incomplete runs when he was in the U14 division.
Mittertreiner will now compete in the U16 divison.
“Last year I was in U14 but now that I’m in U16 it’s a much bigger playing field,” said Mittertreiner. “This year my skiing has definitely improved from last year and I’m more consistent. Last year at Whistler Cup I didn’t do very well at all so this year I’m hoping that I’ll do better.”
The Whistler Cup itself hosts more than 450 athletes from over 25 countries and is the world’s top international competition for alpine ski racers aged 12-15.
“I think the Whistler Cup will be a good experience and I loved it last year because it was this big international competition that really tested your skiing and allowed you to meet new friends as well,” said Mittertreiner of the competition.
Recently, Mittertreiner won a silver medal for Team BC at the Canada Winter Games in men’s ski cross — the first ever ski cross event held at the Games.
Other FAST skiers that qualified for the Whistler Cup include Ryan Finley and Luke Macdonald (both in the U16 division) as well as Nicole Foster, Cassie Zumwalt, and Lexie Bratton.
To watch the livestream and witness Mittertreiner in the action visit www.viasport.ca/whistler-cup