Bringing home the banner

Avalanches and road closures didn’t stop members from all four ski and snowboard teams at Fernie Secondary School.

The FSS team celebrates.

The FSS team celebrates.

Avalanches and road closures didn’t stop members from all four ski and snowboard teams at Fernie Secondary School attending the 2013 Alpine Provincial Championships in Smithers March 4 to 6.

The epic journey paid off as the girls and boys ski teams won the overall combined provincial title, bringing the banner home to Fernie.

“It was a long trip with really fantastic performances from all racers. I am proud of our skiers winning the provincial title and so thankful for the amazing community support that helped get us up there to compete,” said coach Janet Kuijt.

Three days of racing GS and Skier and Boarder Cross provided many great results for individuals as well as combined teams. Montana Andreola finished in third place in Women’s GS, Kyle Maclean took sixth place combined overall for both GS and Cross, Easton Elia placed 10th overall in boys snowboarding and the boys ski team finished third place overall in the GS event.