Aaron Volpatti making the Vancouver Canucks roster for the 2011-12 is our sports story of the year.

Aaron Volpatti making the Vancouver Canucks roster for the 2011-12 is our sports story of the year.

The year in sports

Aaron Volpatti is our Revelstoke athlete of the year.

The sports story of the year in Revelstoke was Aaron Volpatti’s NHL success. While he only potted two goals with the Vancouver Canucks, the Revelstoke native surprised many by making the team out of training camp this year and holding a spot until a shoulder injury sidelined him in December.

The second biggest would be the epic snowfall, which had winter sports enthusiasts playing in the snow into July.

In Revelstoke, the year started with Leah Evans and Lars Chickering-Ayers taking top spot at the Canadian Freeskiing Championships.

Revelstoke athletes had lots of success on the snow. Nikki Norrie won two golds at the World Nordic Masters Championships in Vernon, while sisters Brittany and Megan Evans both reached the podium at the Canadian Nordic Skiing Championships in March (they also set RSS records on the track in June). Meanwhile, Callum Hicks took home a gold and bronze at the Western Canadian Alpine skiing championships.

Meanwhile, the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and Revelstoke Nordic Ski Clubs both hosted the official opening of their new cabins.

On two wheels, Olav Stana, 56, set a new record in the Mt. Revelstoke Steamer. 2011 also saw the opening of the incredibly alpine trail on Frisby Ridge, the Meltdown trail at Mt. Macpherson and the legalization and restoration of downhill trails on Boulder Mountain.

RSS sports teams enjoyed success too. The senior girls soccer team won it’s zone, earning the right to host the Okanagan Valley Championships. The senior boys volleball team made it to the provincial championships.

The Aquaducks posted its best ever result at the provincial swimming championships, finishing 22nd out of 63 teams. Emily Pfeiffer, Nadia Salon, Beth Granstrom and James Lebuke all won medals.

The Grizzlies enjoyed another strong season in 2011, falling to the eventual league champions Osoyoos in the conference finals. The current squad is near the top of the league.

In November, Revelstoke played host to the B.C. amateur boxing championships. Local Connor Null lost his bout but his contest was name the most exciting of the tournament.