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Sports Briefs: Christmas contests for skiers and riders


Skiers and snowboarders have about 40 hours to digest their Christmas feasts this year before their stomachs will be tested in a high flying slopestyle competition - the second Park Rider Sessions, presented by Telus, of the season.

The slopestyle takes place on Sunday, Dec. 27 on Blackcomb. Pre-registration is available for $26 at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations, or you can register on the day of the event for $30 in the Rendezvous Lodge.

Helmets are mandatory and minors need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to compete.

The slopestyle events have been known to sell out some categories in the past so early registration is recommended - although organizers will do their best to squeeze everyone in.

There are prizes for the top skiers and riders in each category, and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes donated by event sponsors.

Next up on Wednesday, Dec. 30 is the first King of the Rail event of the season.

This event takes place under the lights at the base of Blackcomb with an open jam format judged by the athletes themselves. The top riders and skiers in each age group win a cash prize based on the number of participants, and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes from Nintendo, Atomic, Telus, DNA, Showcase, Glacier Shop and other sponsors.

You can register from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the event site. There's an athletes' meeting at 5:45 p.m., and the contest runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15 to take part and both helmets and mouthguards are mandatory.


Wolf Pack split games, one remaining in December

The Squamish Wolf Pack played their final game of December on Wednesday evening after press time, with just 14 games remaining in their 48 game schedule. A win against the Port Moody Black Panthers would give the Pack a record of four wins and four losses on the month, the first time the club has finished a month without a losing record in its two seasons in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.

At press time the Wolf Pack were five points back of the Delta Ice Pack and a chance of competing in the playoffs, although Delta had played two fewer games.

This past weekend was encouraging. The Wolf Pack beat the Mission Icebreakers 6-4 with three goals in the second and third periods and 38 shots on net. The Icebreakers made just 22 shots with four goals scored, two of them on the power play.