First Ever Outaouais NOR AM Cup!
Submitted by Andrea Holland – ROC Chair, Camp Fortune NOR AM
The 2019 Outaouais NOR AM Cup came to a close this past Monday. Camp Fortune (the lone AOA club located in Quebec) hosted two days of SL racing on the infamous Canadian/Chute run, which was followed by the inaugural NOR AM Parallel SL race at nearby Mont Ste Marie, Quebec who also hosted two days of GS races. Mother Nature brought some cold weather to the National Capital Region in the week leading up to the races which made for some excellent conditions.
The event marked the first for Camp Fortune Ski Club by way of hosting a NOR AM Cup and the entire club came together to make it a great success. Both ski clubs had amazing support from their volunteers with over 65 club members and alumni helping each day at the Fortune races.
One of the highlights of the week was the Parallel SL race which is quickly becoming a crowd favourite. Another memorable moment was watching the Canadian and US National Team members and coaches roll safety netting with Camp Fortune U16 and U14 teams during course tear down!
The racing was spectacular to watch including some podium finishes from local Gatineau resident and Canadian Development Team member Simon Fournier. Simon was an impressive 1st and 2nd in the SL races and capped the week with another medal in 2nd place overall in the Giant Slalom. Also standing on the junior podium was Osler Bluff ski club and Canadian Devolvement Team member Declan McCormack. These two young men certainly stepped up their game against a very tough NOR AM field. The younger racers representing Ontario on the many regional teams such as the NCO FIS Team, SOD Ski Team and even the Ontario Ski Team were likely equally wowed at the pace these men came flying down the hill. In total, we hosted athletes from eight different countries with a handful having already competed on the World Cup this year.
I would like to thank our media team for their amazing work in promoting the sport of ski racing last week!