It’s been nearly five years since Blackcomb ski patroller Neil Falkner died while on a multi-day ski traverse in the Rocky Mountains, but his legacy is as strong as ever. Starting the following year the Neil Falkner Memorial Foundation launched a scholarship program with Outward Bound Canada that sends students from Falkner’s school in East Vancouver and from Whistler on 17-day trips into B.C.’s backcountry. The Outward Bound experience was pivotal in Falkner’s own life, and inspired him to become a patroller.
Falkner died on April 12, 2002, when he skied off a cliff during a white-out. His family is inviting friends and acquaintances of Neil to join them for a group ski this Saturday, April 7. Meet at the light board on Whistler at 11 a.m. to take part. Afterwards the group will head to Dusty’s for après ski, meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LUNA brings dodgeball to the next level
LUNA has a busy month ahead for dodgeball aficionados, including drop-in nights on Monday, April 9 and April 16 and wrapping up with the Dodgeball Grand Finale on April 23.
The drop-in nights are at Whistler Secondary School, and run from 8 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome to take part, male or female, experienced or not. Just bring gym clothes and wear non-marking shoes, as well as $3 if you’re a LUNA member or $5 if you’re a non-member.
The Grand Finale is a dodgeball tournament. Get a co-ed team of eight together, choose some outfits, and register in advance to Kiran Pal-Pross at 604-935-8372. There will be lots of prizes up for grabs, including overnight stays at the Pan Pacific and Hilton, gift certificates at the Alpine Café, and $500 in cash for the winning team.
Team Whistler back on top in Spring Classic
Although they had a hard time in the last Team Escape Velocity Spring Series event of the season March 24-25, Team Whistler/Nature’s Path found their groove again at the Team Escape Velocity Spring Classic this past weekend.
Lloyd Thomas won the B Group for the road race, as well as the criterium to take the overall, while his teammate James Shaw placed second in the road race. None of the Team Whistler riders finished top five in the time trial, the third event of the Spring Class Omnium.
The event wraps up the spring racing series for the team, although the B.C. Cup and provincial road series will get underway again in June. In the meantime, Team Whistler is starting Group Rides on Tuesday, April 17. Meet at Snowcovers at 5:30 p.m. Road bikes and mountain bikes are welcome.