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Powerade has stepped up as the new lead sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb's ski and snowboard cross series this year, with two two-day events on the calendar - the same number as last year.
The format will be similar to previous years, with Saturday for practice and seeding runs and Sunday for additional training and competition heats. Skiers and boarders compete against others in their age brackets in heats of two to four, based on turnout.
The first event is Jan. 30-31, making it the last non-Olympic event to take place on the mountains before the Games. The second event will be March 13-14.
This event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, and costs $36 to register for in advance, or $45 on the first Saturday of the event.
Turnout at cross races has spiked recently with the addition of ski cross to the Olympics, and groups like the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Club and Whistler Blackcomb's own Freeride groups flood the younger age categories. Advance registration is strongly recommended as some categories will fill up.
Helmets are mandatory and other forms of protection are recommended.
Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race
The annual Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race has been bumped back from its usual slot at the start of February to the March 26-27 weekend. The impact on registration has been minimal, according to Webster, with just two open spots remaining for teams.
The race course usually depends on conditions, but in a typical year the start is on the top of The Saddle on Whistler Mountain and the finish line at the Creekside base - a vertical drop over 1,440 metres with roughly 180 giant slalom gates along a 5 km course.
Competitors compete in teams of four with a minimum of one female racer on each team, and the team with the lowest combined two-day time wins in each age category (based on the cumulative age of the racers).
Usually the race sells out the summer before the event, but this year a few spots are still remaining. As well, Whistler Blackcomb also keeps a waitlist for additional teams and for individual racers looking to join other teams that have registered but find themselves short a racer before the event day.
The annual Showcase Showdown will go on as past years but with a different date. The 2010 edition will feature an informal "backyard jam" format on a series of rails, jibs and other stunts outside the GLC - mimicking the informal events that Whistler residents have run out of their backyards and backwoods for years.