The trail network at Whistler Olympic Park will get a little longer this weekend with the Ministry of Forests giving permission to groom the Madeley Lake road.
Both Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country have claimed the route as part of their tenure, and while the two areas are not connected this year a groomed trail to Madeley Lake would make it possible to ski both areas if you have a Tri Area pass that includes access to Lost Lake. Dual area passes for Callaghan Country and Whistler Olympic Park are not available.
As well as plans to groom the Madeley Road, Whistler Olympic Park opened the Norwegian Woods area over the weekend. Dog-friendly trails area also available with easier parking access onto Porters Glide and Brandywine View Trail.
spots snapped up for Test of Metal
The North Shore Credit Union Test of Metal mountain bike race held its locals only registration on Dec. 1, and all 200 spots sold before 9 p.m. — slower than last year, but well before the midnight cut-off.
The registration was open to residents of the corridor from Furry Creek to D'Arcy. If you were one of the successful entrants, you'll need to provide proof of residency before Monday, Dec. 12.
You can drop by Connections on 2nd Avenue in Squamish between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., on the Friday to present identification in person, or you can fax copies to 604-892-3380.
The main registration day for the Test of Metal is Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. at www.testofmetal.com. There will be 800 spots available, and no wait lists. Last year all of the spots sold in under an hour.
The exception is for pro elite racers, who can register up until the day of race.
The Test of Metal is a 67-kilometre bike race around Squamish bike trails, including over 30km of singletrack riding.
Registration opens for 15th annual Squamish Triathlon
The 2012 edition of the Squamish Triathlon: A Memorial to Bob McIntosh marks the 15th anniversary of the unique event, which features a 10km off-road running course following a 37km bike leg and 1,500 metre swim at Alice Lake.
The event is sanctioned by Triathlon BC, and will take place on July 15.
Early bird registration is $90 for individuals, $70 for youth, $162 for three-person relay teams and $108 for two-person relays. TriBC members can deduct $15 for individual members or $5 for every team member with a TriBC membership.
The price goes up on Jan. 3, 2012 to $95 for individual racers, $171 for relays of two and $114 for relays of three.
On Mountain events on the way
The winter competition season on Whistler Blackcomb will kick off next week, starting with the opening Kokanee Valley Race Series event of the season on Dec. 15, followed by the Telus Park Rider Ski and Snowboard Event "Jump Fest" on Dec. 18.
The Kokanee Valley Race Series (KVRS) is comprised of seven race events, taking place on Thursdays through the course of the season. You need to be 19 or older to take part, but otherwise the event is open to men and women of all ages and levels and is inclusive of skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders.
The first event is a giant slalom on Blackcomb, taking place on Gandy Dancer/Ross's Gold. The cost is $29 if you register in advance at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or $35 for day-of-race registration in the Rendezvous. Early registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.