King of the Rail kicks off with a crowd 

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Will Routley joins Belgium pro team

With Team SpiderTech powered by C10 on hiatus, all of its riders were left at loose ends to sign up with other pro teams for the coming season. This week it was confirmed that Whistler's Will Routley, 29, has found a spot with Accent.jobs-Wanyt, a Belgian Pro Continental team with the same status as Spidertech.

The new kit will debut at a cyclo-cross race on Jan. 1, while Routley's blog suggests that he will be heading to Europe in early 2013 to start training for the coming season.

Sports Calendar

What: King of the Rail

When: Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m.

Where: Base of Whistler Mountain

Registration for this after-hours, athlete-jedged rail jam gets underway at 6 p.m. at Showcase, followed by a quick competitor meeting. After that, a selection of rails and boxes will open to participating skiers and snowboarders from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the athletes themselves casting votes for the winners in each category, and the winner of each category winning a cash prize based on the number of entries. Registration is just $15. Helmets are mandatory, and minors need waivers signed by a parent or guardian.

What: Park Rider Ski and Snowboard Event

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

Where: Whistler Mountain terrain park

This is the only event in the Park Rider series that takes place on Whistler this season, with a slopestyle format. Early registration at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations is $29 and day-of-event registration is available until 9:45 a.m. in the Roundhouse Lodge. There are valuable prizes for the top riders in each category, and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes as well. Helmets and waivers are mandatory, and mouth guards and other protective gear aren't a bad idea either.

What: Kokanee Valley Race Series

When: Thursday, Jan. 10

Where: Blackcomb

All skiers, boarders and telemarkers are welcome to come out and make two runs of a giant slalom course on Blackcomb, as the very social KVRS continues. Early registration is $29 and race day registration is available at the Rendezvous Lodge until 9:45 a.m. Helmets are mandatory, you must be 19 or older to take part and all of the participants are eligible for draw prizes.

What: North Face Park and Pipe Open

When: Jan. 14-17

Where: Blackcomb

The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series is returning to Whistler with $55,000 in prize money to be handed out after slopestyle, halfpipe, big air and rail jam events. Registration is open, giving amateurs a chance to compete against top pros looking for points on the AFP World Tour. The North Face PPOS is a Silver level AFP event.

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