Sun Peaks ski instructor competing for spot on national team bound for Finland

Ski instructor vies for place

Dozens of highly trained ski instructors — including a Sun Peaks woman — are competing at the mountain resort for a chance to earn their spot on a national instructor team, bound for a prestigious event in Finland.

According to a news release from the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance, up to 70 Level 4 ski instructors from Western Canada are competing Thursday and Friday in front of CSIA judges.

CSIA said only two Sun Peaks instructors have ever made it to the national Interski Demo Team, and this year, resort instructor Anne Terwiel is vying for a spot.

“Representation on the national team is the peak achievement in a ski instructor’s career,” the CSIA said.

“The Interski Congress [is] a rare opportunity to be among the world’s best instructors, where showcases of skill and knowledge sharing propel all areas of ski instruction and global ski industry best practices.”

According to CSIA, there are only 12 spots on the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Demo Team, which will represent the country in 2023 at the Interski Congress in Finland.

The congress happens once every four years.

According to CSIA, ski instructors will first show off their skills through a selection of ski-off runs at Sun Peaks.

Judges will select the top 48, who will move on to the final step — an evaluation of technical, teaching and leadership skills. The final team of 12 will be announced in April.

CSIA said if Terwiel makes the team, she will take part in training camps and team building exercises across the country in preparation for the Interski Congress.

Jeff Marks, CSIA’s national program director, said the group is pleased to be back in Sun Peaks for the competition.

“The terrain accessibility, consistent conditions and central location in Western Canada make Sun Peaks an ideal venue. Along with our host venue partners, we’re excited to welcome this year’s contingent of instructors to the resort,” Marks said.

According to CSIA, the public can expect some minor, temporary closures on a few alpine trails while tryouts occur.

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