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World Cup Supply, Inc. and 1to3go are now accepting applications for the 9th Annual Berlack/Astle Memorial Fast Skier Award. This season, the application deadline will be April 1, 2018, with the recipients announced in early May. They suggest all coaches, program directors and academy headmasters to encourage their U16 athletes to apply.

Both Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle achieved notable success in racing and were likely on their way to becoming full members of the U.S. Ski Team. Like most, their success was a result of hard work, countless hours of training and a desire to be the fastest athlete on the hill on any given day.

The most recent Berlack/Astle Awards went to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Kaitlyn Harsh and Matthieu Côté from the Northwood School in Lake Placid.

As with prior years, the Berlack/Astle Award will recognize dedication, talent, skill, personal integrity and a passion for ski racing. Academic achievement and community involvement remain important factors in the selection process as well. Once again, two awards will be offered, one each to a deserving male and female alpine ski racer, U16 athletes during the 2017-2018 season, who exhibit the personal characteristics required for success both on and off the hill. Each winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $1,000 and an assortment of swag donated by our participating sponsors including POC and Nordica.

“It’s important to keep the spirit of Bryce and Ronnie alive and the award is a fitting way to do that,” said World Cup Supply CEO Brad Williams. “Ski racing can make great kids, but great kids make ski racing. We look for great kids on and off of snow. We hope to be able to increase the amount of the award again this year through an online auction of some pretty cool World Cup swag. We see it as a way for the community to be a part of the support we provide these great kids.”

“The mission with the Berlack/Astle Fast Skier Award always remained consistent over the past 8 years, to continue to support a grassroots program starting with highly motivated and engaged U16 athletes as they work towards the U.S. Ski Team and possible collegiate, World Cup and Olympic-level competition,” noted Barry Levinson co-founder of the award. “The support we also receive from many U.S. Ski Team athletes and suppliers such as Mikaela Shiffrin and Atomic, who both generously autograph and supply a wide variety of products for our annual eBay auctions, which start this December continue to help advance the value of the award.”

Interested U16 athletes can access the application here.
Release courtesy of World Cup Supply

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