The following article appeared in The Minor Hockey News newspaper, Edition: Manitoba 2012H31

Downhill Skiing and SkierX are alive and well in Winnipeg?

Submitted by Jodie Smith, PR/Promotions Chair. 204 793 4576 or

Winnipeg Alpine Racers Ski Club prepares for another great season of racing fun.

Winnipeg, Manitoba February 2011

As strange as it may sound, downhill skiing, including Alpine and SkierX, is alive and well right here in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Alpine Racers Ski Club trains at Springhill twice a week and races around the province throughout the ski season.

Coach Kendra Gierys, who was selected by Sport Manitoba to receive a Women to Watch grant, says “When you think of Manitoba your first thought usually isn’t downhill skiing, but we were the first ski club in the province and have been very successful over the years. We have won the overall Manitoba team title 13 out of the last 16 years. Last year Bryant Roulston and Tara Campbell were both been selected for the 2011 Canada Winter games and Alexis Varkonyi was an alternate.”

But this club is not all business. They focus on family fun and developing a life long love of downhill skiing. Skiing is a sport that the whole family can enjoy together. With a little training, people from 2 to 82 can enjoy getting out on the slopes for some exercise and fresh air.

Ski Mom, Jodie Smith says “Our whole family started skiing at the same time. One lesson and we were hooked. A day at the ski hill is a great opportunity for real quality time together. We have lots of great conversations on the chair lift.”

Winnipeg Alpine Racers offers both traditional, Alpine Ski training and, for the first time this year, SkierX which gives the racers a chance to go “freestyle”, racing over jumps, banks , rollers and more!

About Winnipeg Alpine Racers

Winnipeg Alpine Racers is a fun, family oriented ski club in which members make friends, develop a passion for Alpine skiing and SkierX. We are a non-profit, volunteer based organization which operates under the guidelines of Manitoba Alpine Ski Division.

For more information on our program or registration, please go to