The 24th annual Spud Valley Loppet took place in Pemberton on Sunday with 147 cross country skiers taking part, one of the highest turnouts ever.
The course was a point-to-point, mostly flat 12km ski through the Pemberton Meadows with a snowmobile-groomed skate track and a pair of classic tracks.
The Whistler Nordics' Camille Cheskey was the top skier overall, finishing the course in 30 minutes and 41 seconds, followed closely by David Lumb in 30:46 and Kieran Lumb in 33:30. William Letham was fourth overall and third in Open Men in 34:14.
Michael Murdoch won the Under 14 boys category in a speedy 34:18, ranking fifth overall.
Adriene Underhill was the top racer in Open Women in 36:49, followed by Jennifer Tabbernor in 37:14 and Joanne Molinaro in 43:41.
For the Under 14 girls, Alisa Feuz was first in 37:55.
Complete results are available online at www.spudvalleynordics.com.
Lost Lake Classic returns
The second annual Lost Lake Classic cross-country race hosted by the Whistler Nordics will return on Sunday, Feb. 17 with a couple of course options — a 7.5km course and a 15km race. Soft conditions last year made it a grueling but fun race, with a low entry fee of $10. If you don't have classic skis, rentals are available at Cross Country Connection. For more, visit www.whistlernordics.com. Registration is available at the start, as well as trail passes. The event gets underway at 11:00 a.m.
Toonie Race series continues with Valentine's Day ski
Tonight (Thursday, Feb. 14) the Alpine Café is hosting a Whistler Nordics Toonie Race in Lost Lake Park, using a sprint format this time around.
Registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Lost Lake Passive Haus, followed by the race starts.
The fee is $2 for Whistler Nordics members and one time "Try a Toonie" entries are $5. Memberships will be available at sign-in as well.
As always, you need a valid trail pass to race and a head lamp in case the course goes off the lighted trails.