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Last week for early bird XC passes


The cross-country season could open as early as Nov. 24 if snow continues to fall in the Callaghan Valley, which also happens to be the last day for skiers to pick up passes at early bird rates.

Passes to Lost Lake are available at Meadow Park Sports Centre, as are Tri Area Passes that include access to Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country trails - over 125 km of trails in total.

An early bird season pass for Lost Lake is $207 for an adult - $181 for Spirit Passes - going up to $259 on Nov. 25. Youth pay $123, children $103 and families $414, going up to $154, $129 and $518.

A Tri Area Pass starts at $379 for an adult, going up to $479. The early bird rate for youth is $249, for children $209 and families $849.

Dual area and night passes are also available, as are snowshoe passes.

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Saints rise as Broncos fall

After a five-game winning streak a few injuries have cost the Sea to Sky Broncos pee wee football team dearly, with the team now dropping three games in a row. On Sunday, they posted a 26-6 loss against the North Vancouver Vikings, with Xaxier Cadoret scoring the only touchdown for the Broncos. With a record of 5-5, the Broncos will get a berth in the playoffs.

Meanwhile the Whistler Saints flag football team was celebrating its first win in a few games, edging the West Vancouver 49ers 16-0. Liam Forsyth scored his first touchdown of the season, and Luke Haasen added another in the second half. Zayden Goertson kicked a two-point convert, and Griffin Brown added two more points with a safety.

Both teams play in the North Shore Football League, with playoffs getting underway this weekend after 10 weeks.


Snowboarders sweep at Copper

Canada's alpine snowboarders had a good couple of days this week at Copper Colorado for the start of the North American Cup series. The field was mostly comprised of athletes from Canada and the U.S., but there were World Cup athletes looking to stay sharp between the opening indoor event in the Netherlands in October and the start of the outdoor racing series in December.

In the parallel giant slalom it was a podium sweep for the women's team, with Carline Calve besting Ariane Lavigne in the final race and Ekaterina Zavialova edging Akari Shitaka of Japan in the small final. Other Canadians in the top 15 were Megan Farrell in sixth and Cora Fellows in 12th.

Slovenian rider Rok Flander took the men's PGS, edging out Justin Reiter of the U.S. Canada's Michael Lambert bested teammate Matthew Carter for the bronze medal. Matthew Morison was eighth, Steve Barlow 11th, Indrik Trahan 12th and Olivier Vachon 14th.


Warm European weather forces cancellation of events

Some unusually warm weather has prompted event organizers across Europe to cancel, delay or reschedule World Cup events in a variety of sports, including the opening slalom event of the season scheduled for Levi, Finland last weekend. That event has been rescheduled for Dec. 20 to 21 at Flachau, Austria.

A FIS cross-country event in Sweden has already been cancelled, but Norway is determined to stage World Cup races at Beitostoelen today (Nov. 17).

As well, a ski jumping Continental Cup event scheduled for Rovaniemi, Finland has been posted by more than a week from Nov. 19-20 to Nov. 29-30.