After a one year cancellation due to a last minute major sponsor pull out last season, a reorganized race committee is once again holding a FIS World Cup Speed Skiing event on the Big Headwall at Sun Peaks Feb. 29 to March 3. Except for last year Speed Skiing has been an annual event at Tod Mtn./Sun Peaks for 25+ years.
Like to ski fast ? How about 180kph? 100mph=160kph and it you go that fast you get a patch that says "100mph Club".
While the record on the winch-cat groomed run is 176+kph, that is not the really scary part. The course is not a perfect concave slope, but rather a convex run to start with so looking down the track you can't see the finish line at the bottom. And the finish area/run-out is so small that racers must come out of a tuck and stand up at high speed seconds after going through the speed trap in order to scrub off speed, a dangerous and tricky maneuver when done at high speed.
There are three classes: Novice, using everyday recreational equipment; Pro, using DH racing equipment; and Unlimited, using the rubber suits, fairings behind the caves and aerodynamic helmets. The skis are 240cm with edges filed round.
All competitors start on day one of training from a short ways from the bottom and work their way up to start from higher starting points. A panel of judges eliminate anyone from continuing if they look shaky at any point in their run.
One year they had former Olympic and WC Champ, and current Director of Skiing, Nancy Greene forerun (not from the top) carrying a huge Canadian flag. Another time a ski patroller foreran from the top on telemark skis.
As this is the only FIS speed skiing event in North America, competitors are expected from France, Switzerland, possibly Washington, California and Colorado, and of course B.C.