Chabot, Williams reign at King of the Rail
The fourth and final King of the Rail competition presented by Showcase took place on Saturday at the base of Whistler. There was another good crowd of skiers and riders for the event, with a selection of rails and boxes to jib.
As always, the winner of each category was decided by the athletes themselves after an extended jam session under the lights. Cash prizes were handed out based on the number of skiers/riders in each group.
Nicholas Marcoux topped the Snowboard Male 1 and Over category, winning $100.
Max Morello won the Ski Male 16 and Over category, plus $50.
Luke Smart topped the Ski Male 15 and Under group, winning $20.
Winning $15 each were Annabelle Blake in Ski Female 16 and Over and Christine Williams in Snowboard Female 16 and Over.
Olivier Chabot and Christine Williams were also voted King and Queen of the Rail.
The biggest winners were the ones who took home draw prizes. Patrick Duval won a pair of Atomic skis, Andy Noga won a Burton snowboard, and Drew Wilson took the Nintendo Wii.
Small turnout for Park Rider Sessions halfpipe
Fresh snow generally spells death for local events, and Sunday's Park Rider Sessions presented by Telus was no exception with a handful of athletes turning out to ride the superpipe.
Finn Finestone competed in Snowboard Boys 13 and Under.
Cowan Cumming was first in Ski Boys 13 and Under, followed by Kian Moayeri.
J.C. Heckman was first in Male Ski 14 to 16, followed by Tim Ravenna and Graham Williams.
Cold, wet race for Team Whistler
The Escape Velocity Spring Series was anything but this past weekend, with temperatures just above freezing, 80 km winds and freezing rain from start to finish of the race.
Team Whistler riders Trevor Hopkins and newcomer Jean-Phillipe Boulais took part, with Hopkins going close 90 km in B category, and Boulais going 60 km.
Hopkins stayed with the lead group until he threw his chain, and ran out of road while trying to catch up. He ended up in 15th place overall.
"I tried desperately to bridge the gap solo for about 12 km but couldn't catch up," wrote Hopkins. "Four other riders caught up to me and we worked together to just finish the race. I ended up about 15th place. I was happy to be finished. I was so cold I couldn't feel my fingers."