PHOTOS: Blue River ski race sees another successful year

SD 73 Students participating in the 2020 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in Blue River. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race on Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
LtoR, Barriere students Missy Kjellström (Grade 6), Carlotte Crosman (Grade 5), Eva-Mae Ekins (Grade 3) and Kate-Ann Ekins (Grade 1 ) participated in the 2020 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in Blue River. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 1 boys LtoR, 3rd Skye Kernachan (Raft) who tied with Chance Wynn (Raft), 1st Luke Preston (Blue River) and 2nd Grayson Onslow (Blue River). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Chance Wynne shows off his 3rd place medal, which he earned in a tie with Skye Kernachan, from the Grade 1 Boys division at the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Grade 2 girls, LtoR, 3rd Rozlyn Masse (Raft), 1st Natalie Murphy, 2nd Bree Bonnamour (Raft) at the 2020 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in Blue River. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 2 boys, LtoR, 3rd Blake Von Hollen (Raft), 1st A.J. Cox (Raft) and 2nd Sway Potts (Vavenby). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 3 girls, LtoR, 3rd Nature Knight (Raft), 1st Violet Crowley (Valemount) and 2nd Emilia Rotzetter (Raft). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 3 boys, LtoR, 3rd Cohen Cooke (Raft), 1st Darian Morgan (Raft) and 2nd Richard Onslow (Blue River). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 4 girls, LtoR 3rd Adalie Shook, 1st Presley Wicks (Raft) and 2nd Kestrel Romanow (Valemount). 2020 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in Blue River. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 4 boys, LtoR 3rd Asher Cisna (Raft), 1st Braeden Osmond (Raft) and 2nd Gion Volk (Raft). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race on Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 5 girls LtoR, Isis Hyror (Valemount), 1st Evan Colborne (Raft) and 2nd Olivia Wall (Raft). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 5 boys, LtoR 3rd Owen Christensen (Raft), 1st Rome Deuling (Blue River) and 2nd Connor Dejarlais (Blue River). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 6 girls LtoR, 1st Missy Kjellström (Barriere) and 2nd Cadence Cisna (Raft). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Grade 6 boys LtoR, 3rd Amos Romanow (Valemount), 1st Theron McLarty (Raft) and 2nd Evan Cooke (Raft). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
LtoR Daniela Aufschnaiter giving 1st price to Grade 7 Raft student Sienna Foster-Henderson. Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
Kindergarten Boys-small track. LtoR, 3rd Colin Choney (Raft) 1st Ryker McLarty (Raft) and 2nd Cedar Wilkes (Valemount). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom
LtoR, Grade 1 girls, 3rd Sarah Woodland (Valemount), 1st Simone Colborne (Raft) and 2nd Autumn Deuling (Blue River). Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing invited School District 73 students (from Kindergarten to Grade 7) from the North Thompson Valley, including Valemount to the annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial cross-country ski race, held Feb. 20. Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom

It was another successful run of Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race in Blue River last week, where elementary school students from the NorthThompson Valley strapped on skis and hit the snow for some competitive fun.

Schools that attended included Blue River, Raft River, Vavenby, Barriere, and new this year, Valemount.

“The turnout was amazing. It was great to have people from Valemount also, so the whole North Thompson Valley was there. It was so organized with all the teachers and parents involved,” said Daniela Aufschnaiter, board member of The Bruderschaft Friends of Blue River Society, a group that helps host the event with Blue River Elementary School and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.

“The Valemount (addition) was new, which is thanks to Maymie Tegart who was a teacher in Blue River the last three years, but now teaches in Valemount.”

Aufschnaiter, who is the wife of the event’s namesake, added that roughly 120 children showed up to take part.

Norm Crerar, a founding member of the Bruderschaft, was also out on the cross country trails with the kids, making sure nobody was left behind or to help if somebody fell, she said.

“It was just nice to see the kids doing an outdoor sport. It was blue sky and not too cold. It was perfect temperatures. We were very lucky.”

Josh Brown, who took over for Tegart as teacher of Blue River Elementary School, noted this is his first experience with the race and said it was a fun outdoor atmosphere and great having all the kids there.

“It was awesome, thanks to the (Mike Wiegle Helicopter Skiing) resort,” said Brown.

“(The children) go for lunch at the resort afterwards and we have the award ceremony and stuff like that. So thanks to them, the parents and volunteers.”



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