Canada relegated to the sidelines?
On the one hand, we’re lucky in Québec because youngsters registered in a provincial sports-study program can keep training, which is not the case in Ontario. On the other hand, Canada is one of the few countries in the world where participating in competitions is banned.
During this time, races continue in the United States and the Scandinavian and European countries. It goes without saying that the pandemic situation is not something to take lightly. It does seem, however, that the other countries have come down on the side of competition, because it remains a negligible factor in contamination.
In addition to being held outdoors, we wear scarves, goggles, gloves and more at all times. As a result, our skiers risk falling behind the other competitors. In my opinion, there’s less of an impact on the youngest, simply because the important thing for them is to ski and in particular, to have fun skiing. By way of contrast, for skiers aged nine and over what matters is to be able to compete with others to assess relative levels.
Pitting yourself against other clubs allows for comparisons. Without that, it gets difficult and, while I consider that the skiers of the group are doing good things, we feel a bit like we’re playing by ear. It’s unfortunate that only young people in the club who are registered in a sportsstudy program in Québec have the right to train.
Out of 200 youngsters, only 40 can do so and even for them, only Monday to Friday. Of course, our preference would be to have other young people from the club enjoy the right to train with us this winter. So we’ll continue to work closely with our partners: Tremblant, the Division Laurentienne de Ski, Ski Québec Alpin and the public health authorities.
So what can be done to catch up with the Americans and Europeans? We don’t know, because we have to react to events as they occur, without being able to foresee the future.
The good side
And yes, there is always a good side: ski conditions are excellent this season. As these lines are being written, a heavy snowfall has let us take full advantage of all of Tremblant’s skiable terrain, including the glades. On the runs, the snow has hardened. It’s become dry, aggressive and very easy to ski, which reminds me of the conditions you get in Europe… really pleasant for free skiing.
Enjoy your skiing, everyone!
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Détenteur de deux titres de champion du monde, Erik Guay est le skieur alpin canadien le plus décoré de l’histoire. / Holder of two World Champion titles, Erik Guay is Canada’s most successful alpine skier.