Squamish has long been regarded as one of the top climbing destinations in Canada, and if one developer has his way it will be the future home of the National Climbing Centre.
The new centre, proposed for the southern gateway to Squamish on the Scott Crescent site will provide office and meeting space for climbing related organizations, research and advocacy, educational programs, both indoor and outdoor climbing walls, and a venue for climbing festivals and competitions. Guided climbing tours would also leave from the centre.
The developer is the Vancouver-based Kingswood Group, which issued a release on Tuesday in support of the proposal, claiming that they have already spoken to local climbing groups to get their approval.
No zoning for the mixed-use facility has come forward at this point, although architectural renderings are available at the official website, www.nationalclimbingcentre.ca.
Nor-Am Championships start next week
The top up and coming ski racers from Canada, the U.S. and other nations will be in Whistler next week from Mar. 10 to Mar. 20 for the Northwest Funds Nor-Am Cup Finals and GMC Nations Cup competition, vying for critical FIS points, titles and a chance to represent their country in World Cup competition. Also up for grabs is a Nations Cup trophy for the country with the best results.
As well, American and Canadian national athletes that didn't qualify for spots in the World Cup finals will be coming home to compete, guaranteeing starting spots for next season.
The athletes arrive on Mar. 10 and get a few days of training. From Mar. 15 to Mar. 20 there are daily competitions with downhill, super G, super combined, giant slalom and slalom races taking part on Whistler Mountain. The speed events are on Raven/Ptarmigan and the tech events on the Dave Murray Downhill.
The Whistler Weasel Workers are recruiting to help stage the events, with more than 200 volunteers needed. As of last week they had about half that number.
While the calibre of racing is high, side slipping supervisor and recruiter Andrée Janyk said it will be a lot easier than the Olympics where 3 a.m. uploads were a regular event - the earlier uploads will be around 6:45 a.m. for the speed events and 8 a.m. for technical races.
The Weasel's tent will be back, giving volunteers a place to eat, drink, socialize and celebrate.
If you can help out during the nine-day event or have a room available, visit www.weaselworkers.com for more information. You can also call Andrée Janyk at 604-938-3684.
Team Whistler on road in Langley