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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Left off the Canadian men's ski team this season, Jeffrey Frisch took matters and his ski career into his own hands.

The 30-year-old from Mont-Tremblant, Que., who would have competed for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics if not for a knee injury, has joined skiers from other countries to form their own professional team.

Frisch was sixth in the lone training run for the season-opening World Cup downhill Saturday in Lake Louise, Alta. The men got one training session in Wednesday before training was cancelled both Thursday and Friday.

"For me, the training is important because you never know what happens," Frisch said Friday. "I've been skiing fast the last little while and had great training this summer. I knew if everything falls into place that's where I belong and that's where I can be."

The mountain parks resembled a shaken snow globe as 50 centimetres fell in 48 hours. That significantly adds to the workload of grooming the course for training runs, so two of the three were called off.

The skies began clearing Friday afternoon, so the first men's downhill of the 2014-15 is expected to get underway Saturday. A super-G is scheduled for Sunday.

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud was fastest Wednesday with Manny Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver, B.C., second and Frisch sixth.

Frisch needed to be among the top 30 men in the overall World Cup rankings at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season to retain his place on the national team. Despite his first career top- 20 result in a World Cup in Norway, Frisch missed the cut.

In talking with his friend Alexander Koell, an Austrian who races for Sweden, they came up with the idea of forming their own team for the 2014-15 season.

"We were talking and said 'why

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