Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden won the Crystal Globe as World Cup Ski Cross points champion. (Alpine Canada photo)

Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden won the Crystal Globe as World Cup Ski Cross points champion. (Alpine Canada photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden dominates Europe’s slopes

‘It was an amazing season’

While Jordyn Huitema did her thing on the soccer pitch, another local was dominant on the ski hills of Europe.

Cultus Lake’s Reece Howden captured the coveted Crystal Globe, emblematic of World Cup ski cross supremacy, with an outstanding season on the International Ski Federation circuit. Even more impressive, the 22-year-old did it while still qualifying as a rookie.

He started the season on fire with first and second place finishes in France in Dec. 2020 and kept winning when the calendar flipped to 2021. He won twice at IIdre Fjäll in Sweden in late January and followed that with a second place showing at Reiteralm in Austria.

By the end of the season, Howden was 226 points ahead of Switzerland’s Jonas Lenherr.

“After Val Thorens in December, when I got a couple podiums I realized there was a possibility if I kept skiing well that I could win the Globe,” Howden said after receiving the Crystal Globe. “It is just amazing, I am super blessed and excited.

“It was an amazing season. I had a lot of fun, learned a lot and had a great time with the whole team.”


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