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The 2010 event takes place from Jan. 14 to 17 on Whistler Mountain, with training on Thursday and Friday and K2 (age 13 and 14) and J1 (age 15 and 16) skiers getting three runs over two days. Awards are presented at 4 p.m. at the World Cup Plaza in Creekside on Saturday and Sunday with medals for the top three K2 skiers and the top three overall (J1s included). The top male and female after two days of racing are also recognized.
Saturday night showdown at King of the Rail
The second of two King of the Rail rail jam events is set to take place Saturday, Jan. 16 under the lights at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
This jibbing contest is open to skiers and boarders of all ages, getting underway at 6 p.m. and wrapping up at 7:30 p.m. after sessioning the rails and boxes in an open jam format.
Registration runs from 5 p.m. to the start of the event at the base of the Magic Chair, and is available for $15. The top skiers and riders in each category can win a cash prize based on the number of entries in that group and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes from event sponsors.
What makes the King of the Rail series unique is that the athletes themselves cast votes for the top rider, with judges overseeing the voting to keep it honest.
Helmets are required, mouthguards are recommended. Shin pads aren't a bad idea either.
Park Rider Sessions slopestyle on Sunday
The second slopestyle event of the Park Rider Sessions, presented by Telus, calendar will take place on Whistler Mountain Sunday, Jan. 17. While the first event took part in the highest level terrain park on Blackcomb, this is a friendlier contest in the Habitat Terrain Park of Whistler on some smaller but fun features.
Early registration is available for $26 from Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations desks, and day of event registration is $30 at the Roundhouse Lodge until 9:45 a.m.
Helmets are mandatory, mouthguards recommended, and all skiers and riders taking part are eligible to win draw prizes.
Test of Metal breaks record for registration
The 2010 Test of Metal smashed the previous record of 48 minutes to sell out 800 remaining spots in the 67 km mountain bike epic on Jan. 1, selling out all 800 spaces for the 15 th edition of the race in less than 25 minutes.