Whether you’re into speed and gates or air and style, Whistler-Blackcomb is once again hosting a wide range of events through the winter season that are targetted to everyone from enthusiastic amateurs to seasoned pros, from kids as young as seven to seniors in their 70s.
Events are typically cheap to enter (usually around $25 and even cheaper if you register early) and draw prizes available to participants can include new skis and snowboards, Nintendo game systems, and more. The top skiers and snowboarders in the King of the Rail series can even walk away with cash.
The best place to find out about events is on the Whistler-Blackcomb website on the Events Calendar, under things to do.
Kokanee Valley Race Series
This popular ski, snowboard and telemark race series is for adults 19 and over with no maximum age — last year organizers even added a Men’s 70-Plus category for the first time to recognize some of the older participants.
The KVRS opens for the season with a giant slalom on Blackcomb on Thursday, Dec. 13. There are eight races in the series this year, including four giant slalom races, two super-G races, a slalom and the final team dual slalom.
The cost is $25 per event to take part, although you can save $5 per race by pre-registering through Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations. Day of race registration is available at the Rendezvous on Blackcomb or at the video hut on the top of the Garbanzo Chair on Whistler until 9:45 a.m. A special $120 pass for the whole season is also available, saving up to $40 for racers.
The entry fee includes the race, video playback of the event at the post-race party, awards, and a chance to win draw prizes — including a pair of Atomic skis at every event.
Park Rider Series
The Park Rider Series puts the terrain park skills of skiers and snowboarders of all ages to the test with five events over the course of the winter — two slopestyle contests, two halfpipe contests, and a rail jam.
The first event is the Dec. 16 rail jam in the terrain park on Whistler. The cost is $25 to register on the day of the event in the Roundhouse Lodge until 9:45 a.m., or $20 to register in advance at Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations.
Some events, like slopestyle and rail jams, have become extremely popular in the last few years and pre-registration is encouraged as some age categories sell out.