Crossers race in the cold 

Braving frigid temperatures and hard-packed conditions, more than 100 skiers and riders showed up on Feb. 23 to race in the third and final snow cross of the Sprite Park Rider Series.

Jay Trussler repeated in the Junior Open 13 and Under Snowboard division, while Beth Chiasson, as always the only girl in the competition, finished third. Reid Guthrie was second and Charlie Calladine fourth.

Back from provincial competitions at Mount Seymour and Cypress Ski Resort, the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club claimed first, third and fourth in the Junior Open 14 to 16 snowboard category. They were Jamie McFarlane, Francois Ligeti, and his younger brother Vinny Ligeti. Stefan Zeiller finished in second to round out the category.

A new division was created this week for the Junior 13 and Under skier girls. Erin Sullivan took the win, followed by Adriana Stufano, Erin Kerr and Josie Brown.

The Junior Open 13 and Under skiers, all guys this time, went to Whistler’s Alex Prochazka, an up and coming downhill mountain biker. Callum Petit was second, Jeffrey Gage third and Ryan Sullivan fourth.

In the Women’s 17 and Over snowboard division, Jane Emerick took the top spot. Tara Curle ws second, Kerry Martin third and Ayako Tanaka fourth.

Ashleigh McIvor took the Women’s 17 and Over skiers race, edging out Yumi Nakazawa and others.

Newcomer Derek Wintermans took the Men’s 17 and Over snowboard group ahead of Adrian Walendzenicz, Ryan Hickey, and Tim Austin.

For the third week in a row, Daniel Moore led the Men’s 17 and Over skiers, edging out Mike Stewart, Martin Lamothe and Alex Vu.

This year the Oxygen snowboard went to Kerry Martin, the GameCube to Mark Mains and the GameBoy to Helle Breinholt.

The next event on the calendar is a slopestyle on March 9. To compete, register in advance at Guest Relations.

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