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Stanley Cup making stop in Whistler

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While you have to be a Stanley Cup champion to eat cornflakes out of hockey's iconic trophy, tens of thousands of people come out to parades every year just to see it in all its silver glory.

On March 4, the Stanley Cup will be stopping in Whistler as part of Scotiabank's "Celebration of Hockey Tour." Hockey fans can get their picture taken with the cup, and check out other hockey artifacts that are travelling coast to coast to celebrate the sport of hockey.

The cup will be at the Scotiabank on Franz's Trail in Creekside from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome.

 

Sigge's P'ayakentsut sold out

All 500 spots for the first annual Segge's P'ayakentsut Nordic skiing festival have been snapped up, with several days remaining before the Feb. 24 deadline. It's a promising sign for an event that is billing itself as the biggest race in the Callaghan and Whistler Olympic Park since the 2010 Winter Games - and is living up to that billing in every way.

The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 26, with a variety of race categories for the main event, plus a number of fun side events for all ages.

The main race includes distances of 5 km, 15 km, 30 km and 50 km. As well, there is a cross-country ski cross race for kids 12 to 14, mad dash sprints, team relays and other fun events staged for kids aged 5 to 11. The main race gets underway 9:30 a.m.

Callaghan Valley Cross Country Ski Club is organizing it with the support of the Squamish Nation, cross-country clubs from Vancouver and Sea to Sky and other sponsors.

The word "P'ayakentsut" is taken from the Squamish Nation and means "A place to train oneself physically." Historically, the rugged Callaghan Valley was a place where Squamish warriors went to train.

For more information on the race, visit www.payak.ca.

 

Ski and Snowboard Cross this weekend

A special Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Cross event, presented by Powerade, takes place this weekend, but it's limited to skiers aged 10 and under.

The price is $44.80 if you register in advance at Guest Relations, or $50 on Saturday morning in the Rendezvous until 9:45 a.m.

The cross is a two-day event. Saturday is for training and qualification, and Sunday is for training and the race brackets.

All participants in this event will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Helmets are mandatory, mouthguards are recommended and other braces and padding - and even full-face helmets - are a good idea.

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