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Ski and snowboardcross this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, Whistler-Blackcomb is hosting an Atomic Ski and Snowboard Supercross, with men’s and women’s 17 and over categories and junior categories based on pre-registration numbers.

Saturday is the mandatory qualification day, and a maximum of 16 racers in each category will face off on Sunday.

The cost is $30 to pre-register at any Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations desk, or $35 on Saturday, until 9:45 a.m., in the Rendezvous.

Helmets are mandatory, and mouthguards and armour are recommended.

There will be prizes for the top athletes in each category, and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes, including a pair of Atomic skis, at the awards ceremony.

This is the first of two Atomic Ski and Snowboard Supercross events this season. The next event is March 24-25.


King of the Rail continues

This Saturday, Jan. 20, Whistler-Blackcomb is hosting the third King of the Rail contest of the season at the base of Blackcomb.

You can register in the Blackcomb Daylodge after 5 p.m., and the contest runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to participate with a valid Night Moves pass, and the top competitors in each category will get a share of the entry fees based on the number of skiers or riders in their category.

As always, the athletes themselves will judge the winners at the end of the rail jam.


Registration opens for Cheakamus Challenge

The 24 th Annual Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic Mountain Bike Race is now accepting registration for 2007.

This year the race is $60 including the entry fee, insurance, and a free barbecue dinner at the finish line in Whistler.

The course starts at the Squamish Airport, and follows the Cheakamus Canyon to Whistler on a mix of road, doubletrack and singletrack. Once it reaches Whistler the course gets more difficult with Trash, Tunnel Vision, Big Timber trails, and sections of the Ridge, Riverside and Far Side trails.

The full race is just over 70 km, while the Cheakamus Lite race — which goes from the Whistler Bungee Bridge to the finish — is roughly 40 km.

Registration is available online at

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