The Kokanee Couloir Extreme is billed as the steepest giant slalom race on the planet, challenging skiers, boarders and telemarkers to make it from the lip of the Couloir to the base of Jersey Cream 2,500 vertical feet of thigh-burning hell using as little edge as possible.
Former World Cup racer and endurance skier Roman Torn set a new course record last season, cleaning the course in one minute 59.60 seconds. It was his third Couloir title, the first two taking place in 1996 and 1997.
The top female pro was Katie Bertram with a time of 2:06.89. Pro snowboarder Darren Chalmers won his fifth Couloir title in 2:27.19, and Rob Neaga was the top Telemark skier.
While amateur categories are offered, event organizers stress that the course is for expert level athletes only.
You can register for the Couloir Extreme at Guest Relations until noon on March 30. If there is still space available, spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also register by calling 932-3434 in Whistler, or 1-800-766-0449.
Checkin is Friday, March 30 in the Wizard Grill from 6 to 7 p.m. Bib pick-up takes place the following morning at Merlins, and course inspection will run from 10 to 10:40 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m. sharp.