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Get wet at the Slush Cup



Get wet at the Slush Cup

After almost a decade, the Slush Cup is returning to Whistler Blackcomb with a big pool of cold water to skim across on Blackcomb Mountain outside the Glacier Lodge.

Luckily the weather appears to be cooperating in the forecast, and it could easily be warm enough for people to consider a run at the pool.

Anyone can participate in the Palm Bay Slush Cup, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 - you can ski, snowboard or try to use any other contraption you can put together to try and skim over the water. The survival round gets underway at 1 p.m.

There will be awards for Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Wipeout and more, with prizes including Olympus Cameras Drift Head Cams, PIIQ headphones, Powder Mountain Catskiing tours, a RIM Blackberry, Bollé sunglasses and Palm Bay hoodies up for grabs. There's no charge to enter.

Robin Taylor and Jesse Fox will be emceeing the event and DJ Dakota will be providing some soaker music.

Participants should bring a towel and a change of clothes.


Bike Swap on May 7

WORCA's annual bike swap is a little later this year, but with lots of snow remaining in the valley it's probably for the best.

The annual swap will take place on Saturday, May 7 and will once again be based out of Whistler Olympic Plaza.

The gear drop-off is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a $2 price for every tag. The swap will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unsold items should be picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

WORCA will charge a commission on every sale of 15 per cent for the first $1,000 and 10 per cent on the balance. All of the proceeds will go towards youth mountain biking, including funding for the high school team and a youth grant, and to keep costs down for WORCA's youth dirt camps.

Like last year, WORCA has opened the event up to local retailers, many of which will be setting up tents to sell new and used items. This is a great way to get set up with your bike, helmet, gloves, pads, hydration packs and everything you'll need to enjoy the trails this summer.

If you can volunteer, WORCA is always looking for people to help set up the site, arrange bikes and gear and to answer questions from shoppers. Last year's event sold over $110,000 worth of used gear, raising roughly $14,000 for local youth programming.