The inaugural Grand Prix de Tremblant ski event ended today under ideal conditions. A Swiss team from Les Portes du Soleil won while Jacques Villeneuve's Team 69. (Villeneuve, BAR test driver Patrick Lemarier and three European skiers) came in second. They were beaten by the same Swiss team last January at the Grand Prix de Villars in Switzerland.
Patrons of honour Villeneuve and recently ex-boss Craig Pollock both completed the 484 kilometre Tremblant course and were full of praise for the weekend. Medals were presented at an awards ceremony where Villeneuve and Pollock told participants and spectators that the event would return next year.
More than 700 skiers in 126 teams took part in the fund raiser to aid the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The event raised approximately $300,000. The friendly competition took place on the upper part of the mountain until the final run at 1 pm - the upper track became extremely fast and icy over the course of the weekend, giving all the competitors a challenge.
Formula Charity, the organization that Barbara Pollock runs for Craig Pollock and Jacques Villeneuve, will now return to Switzerland in preparation for the 4th Grand Prix de Villars scheduled for 12/13th January 2002.