Huxtable, Challen fastest at Schuss Boomer

Speed suits were just as common on Hudson Bay Mountain as fishnet stockings and onesies for the 29th annual event.



Gary Huxtable and Claire Challen were the fastest male and female racers on Hudson Bay Mountain Saturday for the 29th Annual Schuss Boomer downhill race.

Huxtable completed the course, a run down Twinkletoes, in a time of 1:19.62 while Challen was just four seconds behind.

They clocked in at speeds of 114 and 108km/h, respectively.

Speed suits were just as common on Hudson Bay Mountain as fishnet stockings and onesies as racers went all- out in the fun event, which is a fundraiser for the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club.

“The best part is the camaraderie,” organizer Heidi Westfall said.

“There are lots of long-standing, fun rivalries.

“The weather was spectacular, we had a fantastic turnout for a long weekend, especially in the middle of spring break, there were lots of beginner skiers and all sorts of different costumes.”

Eric Person had the fastest time at the Schuss Boomer last year.

He turned 50 this year and said he will soon be hanging up his speed suit.

“I have really fast skis,” Person explained.

“I’m not really that great of a skier.

“I’m going to pass off the skis and the suit to my son and I’m going to start getting into costumes.”

In the Under-19 male category, Anders Person had the top speed of 109 km/h and Martin Heidinger had the fastest time of 1:23.03.

On the U19 female side, Clair Hinchliffe earned both the fastest female speed of 108 km/h and time of 1:23.55.

In the snowboard category, David Anthony had the fastest course time and the top speed of 89 km/h and Elise Dube was the fastest woman.

In the team category, Spidy and the Snow Fairies, made up of Martin Heidinger, Nelsie Schaeffer and Sandra Hinchliffe, earned the top spot by guessing closest to their actual combined time.

The event raised just over $9,700 to go to the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club.

 

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