With snow still on the ground in some areas of the valley, the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association is hosting the first Loonie Race of the season on Thursday, May 3 in Lost Lake Park. Sign-on is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Lost Lake Park, followed by a ride on snow-free trails. The après is at Zog’s Dogs in Whistler Village, with WORCA and Royal Bank co-sponsoring the event.
Riders are asked to get to the start early, as it’s the first race of the year and everyone will need to purchase memberships for the season.
The prices are the same as the last two years at $40 per adult, $25 per youth 18 and under, and $90 for a family (two adults and two youth). The cost is $2 to enter the race, with a share of the pot going to the top male and female. All participants will get food and refreshments after the race.
Figure skaters making a Splash!
The Whistler Skating Club is counting down to their biannual ice show, which takes place on May 4 and 5 at Meadow Park arena. The theme for this year’s competition is Splash, with all skating segments following a nautical theme.
It promises to be a huge production, with a cast of 75 skaters ranging in age from 3 to 15, 140 costumes, 25 musical numbers, and special performances by 2007 Canadian Junior Men’s Champion Jeremy Ten and B.C. and Yukon Territory Senior Men’s sectional champion Gary Wong. Altogether it took a group of 50 volunteers more than 700 hours to produce the costumes and sets.
The first performance is on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. There are two shows on Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The cost is $10 for high school students and seniors, and $15 for adults. Pre-sales are available at Meadow Park Sports Centre and from members of the Whistler Skating Club.
Longhorn rail jam returns
Tuesday, May 1, the Longhorn Saloon and Underexposed Media are hosting a third annual village rail jam on the patio, featuring local snowboarders and skiers. There is cash and prizes for the top jibbers, as well as for people in the crowd. DJ PHD and DJ Push N Play will be providing entertainment through the jam.
The warm-up begins after 3 p.m. and the contest will continue after the sun goes down.