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Sharpen your edges and wax your board/boards, as the second Atomic Ski and Snowboard Cross of the season takes place this weekend on Blackcomb.

The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, and early registration is recommended as categories are limited. Early registration, available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations, is also cheaper at $35 per person, compared to $40 on Saturday morning, until 9:45 a.m. in the Rendezvous Lodge.

It's a two-day event. Saturday is the training and time trial day, where participants are seeded in their age categories for Sunday's competition ladders.

Helmets are mandatory and other forms of protection are encouraged. Skiers and riders under the age of 18 also need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

All participants are eligible to win draw prizes, including a pair of Atomic skis. The awards are at 4 p.m. at 18 Below.

Whistler Gymnastics hosting zone championships

After years of going on the road for meets the Whistler Gymnastics Club is hosting the Zone 5 Championships and Interclub Invitational at Whistler Secondary School March 28 and 29. Zone 5 includes Pemberton, Squamish, Bowen Island, Flicka (North Vancouver), West Coast Dynamos (West Vancouver), Phoenix (Vancouver), Arbutus (Vancouver) and Renfrew (East Vancouver).

The Interclub event is for boys and girls at the recreational level who will perform their routines before evaluators. The Whistler boys trampoline program will be performing evaluated routines as well.

It's also an important meet for Whistler's provincial Level 2 athletes who will be competing for spots at the B.C. Championships in April. Only the top six athletes from each age category will move on.

This is the first time that Whistler Gymnastics is hosting a championship, as well as the club's first full meet with all the apparatus.

Admission is $10 for a family of four, or $5 for adults and $2 for children, and Whistler Gymnastics members and parents are half price. Ingrid's is catering the event, and there are food donations from the community at the concession.

The KIPs (age 7 and 8) take to the gym at 10 a.m. on Saturday, as well as boys and girls Interclub athletes 11 years and up. At 2 p.m. the boys and girls Interclub athletes aged 6 to 10 perform.

The provincial Level 1 athletes compete on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., all age groups. At 2 p.m. the Level 2 and Level 3 athletes compete, all age groups.

It will be a busy weekend with 189 athletes taking part, as well as 20 coaches and 18 judges on the sidelines.

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