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The Whistler Nordics are once again hosting a 10-race recreational Toonie Race series, getting underway tonight (Thursday, Jan. 6) with a good-sized test.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. at the new Lost Lake Passiv Haus, with the race getting underway at 6:15 p.m. at the Lost Lake ticket booth. The elite level races will do an 8.2 km course, while juniors and recreational racers will go 4.2 km. Everything is on lighted trails for the opener, so no headlamps required.

To participate you must be a member of the Whistler Nordics, although you can also pay a $5 Try-a-Toonie fee to take part. Memberships are available for $40 for adults or $25 for youth, which includes membership in Cross Country B.C. and the ability to race in events like the upcoming Coast Cup events.

Everyone also chips in $2 to the club.

The after-party is a potluck at the Passiv Haus. Bring enough food to share with others.

Future dates are Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Mar. 3 and Mar. 10. For more information visit www.whistlernordics.com.

 

Deadline tonight for weekend Coast Cup race

The Whistler Nordics are hosting the second Coast Cup cross-country race of the season at Ski Callaghan (Whistler Olympic Park) this Saturday, Jan. 8, but to take part you must register in advance before midnight tonight (Thursday, Jan. 6) at www.zone4.ca.

It's a freestyle sprint event, which means fast-paced races with group starts off the line.

The youngest age category, 8 and Under, do a 150-metre sprint course, while the oldest open racers will do a one-kilometre sprint. Depending on the number of skiers in each category you may have to race three or more times to reach the final.

Races get underway at 10 a.m. and bib pickup is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. before the race.

Entry fees are from $10 to $20 and include the race and lunch vouchers. You also need a valid trail pass to ski, but a discounted competitor pass is available.

The race notice is posted online at www.zone4.ca.

 

Revelstoke skier sets vertical record

Revelstoke backcountry skier Greg Hill, 35, set a world record last week after completing more than two million vertical feet in one year. As of Dec. 30, his altimeter crossed the two million mark, but he returned to the mountains on New Year's Eve to log another 10,000 vertical feet for good measure.

Hill is no stranger to big days. He's done over 30,000 feet in a single day several times, and in 2006 teamed up with Jimmy Faust skied over 50,100 vertical feet at the 24 Hours of Sunlight race. He also came to Whistler for several years to compete in the Randonnee Rally backcountry race, winning every year but one.

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