Whether youre a spectator or an athlete, the 2001-02 ski and snowboard season has more sporting events on the schedule that you can shake a ski pole at.
This year, with the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation vying for IOC approval, the eyes of the world will be on us a little more than usual.
This years Whistler Winterstart, running from Dec. 6 to 10, will once again feature the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup halfpipe and snowboardcross events. This year an FIS Continental Cup giant slalom race will also be held on Dec. 10 for alpine boarders, including members of the national team.
Other one of a kind events include the World Cup Freestyle weekend on Blackcomb from Jan. 25 to 27, featuring aerials and moguls.
Another premier event is the Pontiac GMC Canadian Alpine National Championships from March 11 to 20, pitting our top ski racers against one another in slalom, giant slalom, super G, downhill and combined events.
The Telus Mobility Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Winter Classic race will be held on the same weekend as the Freestyle World Cup.
The annual Peak to Valley Race, where competitors race GS style from the top of The Saddle on Whistler Mountain to the base of Creekside, will be held on Feb. 1 and 2.
Garfs Bandai Double Cross will run from April 2 to 4 on Blackcomb.
The Sierra Wireless Air Canada Whistler Cup will be held from April 5 to 7, featuring some of the top juvenile ski racers in the world.
The Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival will be held from April 12 to 21, featuring events for new school skiers and boarders. The sponsors and format have yet to be announced.
The Savage Beagle Race on Whistler is scheduled for April 24, followed closely by the Mouton Cadet Spring Festival on April 27 and 28. The Mouton Cadet pits members of the hospitality industry and media against each other.
Other regular events include:
Kokanee Valley Race Series
The Kokanee Valley Race Series is a recreational racing tradition in Whistler that attract all ages and levels of ability, from former World Cup racers to people new to the sport.
Register at Guest Relations or by calling 1-800-766-0449. Registration on competition days is available at the Rendezvous on Blackcomb and the Ravens Nest on Whistler.
The cost is $20 for each individual race or $150 for all 10 races.
Dec. 20 Giant Slalom (GS) Blackcomb
Jan. 3 GS Blackcomb