Gates, jumps, halfpipe, crosses and more
For all of the skiers and boarders out there who just dont feel right on the slopes if theyre not wearing a bib over their jackets, Whistler-Blackcomb has a full slate of competitions on tap for winter and spring.
Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup Dec. 11 to 15
For the seasons first competition most of us are going to be on the sidelines, but were invited to cheer on our local snowboarders in World Cup snowcross, halfpipe, and parallel giant slalom events.
Kokanee Valley Race Series Dec. 19 Season Opener
The popular Kokanee Valley Race Series has nine events on the calendar this year, starting with the first giant slalom on Whistler Mountain, Dec. 19. Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers are welcome to come out and race some gates.
While this series does attract its share of retired and aspiring World Cup racers in the pro categories, there are age categories for everybody else. The emphasis is on fun and socializing.
The entry fee is $20 for each event, and you can register in advance at Guest Relations, or by calling 1-800-766-0449. On race days, you can register in the Rendezvous on Blackcomb or at Ravens Nest on Whistler until 10 a.m.
Races start with first runs at 10:30 and second run is at 12:30. Super Gs, where competitors get just one run, start at 11 a.m.
After every race there is an awards ceremony at the Crab Shack featuring video playback of the race, draw prizes, and other race giveaways and specials.
Dec. 19 GS on Whistler
Jan. 9 GS on Blackcomb
Jan. 16 GS on Whistler
Jan. 23 Super G on Blackcomb*
Feb. 6 Slalom on Whistler
Feb. 13 Super G on Blackcomb*
Feb. 27 GS on Blackcomb
Mar. 13 GS on Blackcomb
Mar. 27 Dual on Blackcomb
Canadian Freeskiing Championships / Big mountain Experience Jan. 7 to 12
Back for a fifth year, the top freeskiers in the world will tackle some of the most dangerous slopes on Blackcomb Mountain, vying for the Canadian title and points for the International Free Skiers Association world championship series.
Last season, Whistler skiers Pierre-Yves Leblanc and two-time world champion Hugo Harrison were first and second in the mens competition, while Jenn Aston and Aleisha Cline were first and third in the womens.
The qualifiers are on Jan. 7 and 8, and the finals run on Jan. 9 or 10. Times and locations used will depend on weather and snow conditions, and will be announced just prior to the event.