The First Nations Team trained with elite Austrian athletes and coaches, receiving autographs, and learning about the life of world-class athletes. The team consists of riders from four bands across the province; Lil'wat, Westbank, Squamish, and the Little Shuswap Band. The Little Shuswap Team, created this year, will be training at Sun Peaks as a result of a newly formed partnership between the band and the resort. "This was a tremendous opportunity for young First Nations athletes to learn from some of the most successful competitors in World Cup Alpine skiing. Athletes inspire athletes, and there is nothing more motivating to young competitors than meeting others who have been successful at the sport they love." states Ashley Tait, Director of Communications for Tourism Sun Peaks, and former Canadian Freestyle Ski Team member.