New events planned for TWSSF
The 10 th annual Telus World Ski And Snowboard Festival will return April 14-23 this year with a lot of new events for athletes and spectators.
The most noticeable change is that there will no longer be one weekend for skiers and one weekend for snowboarders. Instead, riders and skiers will compete together on the same days in the same events, although they will be judged separately.
The Salomon Superpipe runs from April 17 to 22, including two days of training, a separate ski qualifier on April 19, a snowboard qualifier on April 20, and a combined semi-final and final on April 21 and 22.
Another new (ish) event is the Playstation Big Air, which also combines skiers and snowboarders. The training day is April 21 and the Playstation Big Air Show takes place on April 22 under the lights in Skiers Plaza.
Also new this year is the inaugural Stompede, a kind of closed slopestyle and rail jam under the Emerald Chair on Whistler Mountain, where skiers and boarders will be judged on how well they use the various features.
The McDonalds Rail Session will be back for a third year, with invited skiers and athletes squaring off on a pipe built on the side of the GLC patio for $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The lists of invited pros and invited qualifiers for these events are already posted online at www.whistler2006.com
Minor Hockey comes to a close with another banner
The season wrapped up this past weekend for the Whistler Minor Hockey Association, with yet another team winning a banner for Meadow Park. The Bantam A team placed second in the province at the recent provincial championships in Lillooet, while the Atom C2 team went undefeated to win the Lions Gate League banner for the regular season and playoffs.
The WMHA would like to thank its volunteer coaches, team manager, trainers and scorekeepers, as well as the teams sponsors for their donations to local minor hockey.
The WMHA will host its Annual General Meeting on April 19 at Boston Pizza, and is looking for new ideas and new blood for next season.
Triathletes get an early start at UBC
The Whistler Tri Club kicked off its season in the UBC Triathlon on March 11-12, competing in the Sprint Distance (800 metre swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run) and the Olympic Distance (1,500 metre swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run).
In the Olympic distance race, Claire Daniels was ninth overall among women and second in the 20-24 age category with her time of 2:32:56.
Paul Suter was first in the 45-59 group and eighth overall in 2:13:43.
Marla Zucht was third in the 30-34 race, and seventh overall among women in 2:31:52.
Christine Suter, racing in the 35-39 group, was first in her category and third among women in 2:28:33.
In the Sprint, David Higgins was first in the 35-39 race and third overall in 1:11:32.
Daniel Havens was first in the 50-54 race and eighth overall in 1:14:47.
Brandi Higgins was fifth in the 35-39 race in 1:39:41.
Paul Nicholas, racing in the 35-39 group, was third in his category and 23 rd overall in 1:21:46.
Scott Brammer was 15 th in the same category, and 70 th overall in 1:30:20.