The Back on Track Canadian Cowboy Ski Race, presented by Ranchmans, hit the slopes of Lake Louise recently, and the Calgary Stampede was proud to be a part of the fun. The 4th annual event was an action packed day with cowboys and cowgirls flying down the course in support of a good cause.
Thanks to some great corporate partners and many from the rodeo community, the ski race raises over $15,000 annually for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team. The day’s events have always brought some great action and awesome spills and this year was no exception.
Former Calgary Stampede saddle bronc rider Ryley Harvey (also known as the face of the Stampede’s “Champions Buckle Up” TV ad) was the big winner, taking home his second championship buckle for the fastest cowboy in the ever popular “Cowboy Downhill Race”.
The downhill consists of around 60 cowboys and cowgirls all dressed in their rodeo attire, including hats and chaps, barreling down the main run all at the same time. Ryley was able to survive the mayhem and come out on top.
The Calgary Stampede has been a supporter of the event since its inception, donating items for the silent auction and sponsorship for the races. Annalise Blishen, a member of the Stampede Rodeo Committee was the 2014 Champion. This year, Grady Galvin represented the Rodeo Committee, coming up just short of a win.
The Agriculture and Western Events team was well represented in 2016 with Jen Munro and Navada Phipps joining me on the slopes. Nicole Miller from the Stampede’s People Services also got in on the action. She caims she took home second place in the women’s snowboard slalom race, even though that couldn’t be verified at the time of this blog.
I’m also an event organizer, and along with Brandon Thome and Ted Stovin, I’m extremely appreciative of the support that the Stampede gives to this event. And I know the winner of the Rodeo and Evening Show tickets at this year’s event is very excited to take in the Stampede this summer.
Once again this year, the Lake Louise Ski Area bid on a chuckwagon driver at the recent Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction and will be joining us as a valued advertiser. It only seems fitting that they partner with the Cowboy Ski Race event to bring the western community to the ski hill and truly showcase what Western Alberta is all about!
The patrons of the hill on Saturday were treated to a real Wild West experience and some true western hospitality. The day’s events were capped off by a dinner, silent auction and a dance in the ski lodge for the competitors and spectators. In total the event had 120 guests and the silent auction raised nearly $6000 for the Sports Medicine Team who are on hand during Stampede each year to take care of our Rodeo and Chuckwagon competitors. The Sports Medicine team is a non-profit organization so all of the funds raised go to helping keep them going down the road each year.
The Wrangler Network has a video with highlights of the day, including the big Cowboy Downhill race that you can watch here. If you weren’t able to be a part of the fun this year, next March be sure to grab your cowboy hat and your boots and head out Lake Louise to do your best to “Buck the Mountain”.