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Apex Mountain skier wins race on World Cup circuit

Local wins World Cup race

Apex Mountain’s Reece Howden captured his first World Cup ski-cross win Saturday at Alberta's Nakiska Ski Resort.

The 21-year-old from Chilliwack grew up racing at Apex and still lists the Penticton resort as his home ski hill on Instagram. He currently juggles college with his skiing career.

"We only get one race every year in Canada so the opportunity is pretty small to perform here," Howden said. "I'm so grateful to be able to make it all happen between school and everything.

"I don't get to race them all, but I wanted to make sure I was at Nakiska. For sure, that was something I wasn't going to miss."

In just his ninth World Cup appearance Saturday, Howden led the four-man final from top to bottom in a one-two Canadian finish.

Kevin Drury crossed the line on Howden's heels for silver. The 31-year-old from Toronto retained his lead atop the men's World Cup standings.

Howden was swarmed by Canadian teammates in the finish area.

His brother Jesse and teammate Kris Mahler then ferried the six-foot-three Howden to the victory podium on their shoulders.

"He's a big kid, he gets out of the start really fast," coach Stan Hayer said.

"With the pull of gravity and the way he skis, he's like a Zamboni going down the course. You can't pass him. He had the technical skills to back it up."

In ski cross, a skier races three competitors down a course of turns and jumps. The top two advance to the next round with the goal of reaching the final.

with files from Canadian Press



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