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Hail storm marks Spring Run Off

All hail the winners of the 33rd annual Totem Ski Shop Spring Run Off. Literally - runners were less than halfway through the 10-kilometre race that started and finished in the Lake Edith/Annette parking lot when the sky turned ballistic and dropped a healthy spread of ice pellets on them. Declan Unsworth was unaffected by the iffy weather as he won this year’s race in an envy-worthy 39:44, with Brady Bangl ...

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Marmot gets retro

Marmot Basin wrapped up the season in style, May 7. Donning outfits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, dozens of skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes for retro day to mark the end of the 2016/2017 season. Between laps, Marmot held a mid-mountain fashion show allowing those in attendance to strut their stuff. Jeremiah Lepine, who was dressed in a onesie, took home first place, winning a mid-week season pass. ...

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Ski team alumni wrap up season on a high note

  Sam Wall, a former Jasper Alpine Ski Team member, finished the season with two top five finishes during a FIS slalom ski race series at Mt. Norquay, April 14 and 15. On Friday he finished fourth overall, and second for his age category (under-19), with a combined time of 1:31.06 or 1.36 seconds behind the leader. Walter Ostrander, another Jasper Alpine Ski Team alumni, finished 19th, more than 11 sec ...

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Largest-ever marathon kicks off running season

Forget the commercial space cap, Jasper is quickly racing toward its marathon cap. The 2017 Jasper Half Marathon drew 845 runners to the mountain town on April 8, about 20 per cent more than last year. Defending champion, Charly Allan, won the half-marathon with a blistering time of 1:15:28, or 3:35 per kilometre, followed by Mike Trites almost a minute back and Seamus Garland about four minutes behind him. ...

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Alison Brown twists and turns her way to the top

For some high-caliber athletes it’s all about getting to the next level, but for others, like Alison Brown, having fun is more important than results. The 16-year-old freestyle skier from Edmonton has been dominating the podium over the past three seasons, winning 10 out of 12 provincial competitions she’s entered, including all five this year. Despite her success with the Jasper Freeride Ski Team and offer ...

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Mixed bonspiel just what the doctor ordered

A foursome of curlers who scrubbed the ice in actual scrubs went home to Edmonton with bragging rights last weekend. Jasper’s annual mixed bonspiel, held at the curling club March 31-April 2, featured an A, B, and C division final on Sunday afternoon. Fred and Marianna Greenhough and Kevin and Jolene Tym shone throughout the weekend, beating out another out-of-town squad, Leduc’s Jack rink, in the A final. ...

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Jasper well represented at freestyle championships

  Thirteen freestyle skiers from Jasper put it all on the line for the final competition of the season–the Alberta Provincial Championships, March 23-26. The athletes competed in three different events including slope style, moguls and dual moguls in Calgary. Capping off her best season to-date, Alison Brown finished first overall in both the moguls and dual mogul competitions. Not to be forgotten, Dem ...

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Barley Kings crowned in JHL Super Sunday final

The Barley Kings were crowned champions after vanquishing the Beavers in the Jasper Hockey League’s annual Super Sunday ‘A’ final at the community centre March 19. The Kings came out on top 5-3 after doing most of their scoring in the first and adding an empty netter at the end of the second and final period. Super Sunday is held every year for all of the mountain town’s loyal rink rats and featured the A, ...

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Jasper teams victorious at ladies’ bonspiel

  Locals had a lot to cheer about at the Jasper Curling Rink this weekend. The annual ladies’ bonspiel saw three Jasper teams make it to the Sunday afternoon final. Team Dew, skip Brenda Dew, third Jill Scott, second Carol Ward and lead DeeDee Barlett took home the coveted A final championship, keeping their cool and curling deliberately through the eight-end final. The C final, by contrast, was a raci ...

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Top 10s for Jasper ski racers

Jasper’s under-12 ski racers joined 190 others from across the province for a fun and challenging grand slalom (GS) series at Marmot Basin on the weekend. Three local athletes finished in the top ten, including a fifth place finish for Jake Kertesz-Knight, a sixth place finish for Isabella Heinemem and a ninth place finish for Griffin Shepherd. Sohpia Mastriani also had a strong performance finishing 18th, ...

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