Perfect race conditions for KVRS 

click to enlarge Kokanee Valley Race Series. Photo by Seb Fremont, WhistlerBlackcomb.com

The Jan. 12 edition of the Kokanee Valley Race Series took place with a field of 63 racers and perfect conditions for hanging out in a speed suit — just below zero with sunshine and blue skies. The race was a giant slalom on Ross's Gold/Gandy Dancer.

There is one KVRS event remaining in January, a giant slalom on Whistler on Jan. 26, before the annual Peak to Valley Race on Feb. 3-4.

Registration is available in advance both online and at Guest Relations for $29, and day-of-race registration is available until 9:45 a.m. at Raven's Nest. The course is a GS on Lower Franz's, following a section of the Peak to Valley course.

Jan. 12 GS Results

Women 60-Plus

1. Barbara Walker — 2:12.07

2. Joy Fera — 2:15.92

3. Grace Oaks — 2:24.93

Women 50 to 59

1. Janine Linder Joris — 2:01.81

2. Wendy Harrison — 2:07.69

Women 40 to 49

1. Kim McKnight — 1:59.30

2. Sanae Tanaka — 2:32.69

3. Christine Yanisaw — 2:35.86

Women 30 to 39

1. Kristi Hirsh — 2:27.05

2. Frances Davis — 2:37.44

Men 70 to 79

1. David Trussler — 2:06.42

2. Lloyd Henderson — 2:13.04

3. Al Fife — 2:20.83

Men 60 to 69

1. Paul Psutka — 2:03.65

2. Ken Chaddock — 2:04.14

3. Brian Cameron — 2:05.39

Men 50 to 59

1. Chris Kent — 1:53.98

2. Phil Beauregard — 1:55.00

3. Peter Lyall — 1:57.66

Men 40 to 49

1. Geoff Gerhart — 2:01.37

2. Shiro Nakajima — 2:02.68

3. Yves Turotte — 2:14.64

Men 30 to 39

1. Ken Pedersen — 1:55.43

2. Daniel Moore — 2:01.19

Men 19 to 29

1. Ian Stirk — 1:57.57

2. David Eastwood — 1:58.50

3. Thomas Francis — 2:00.52.

Men Snowboard

1. JP Fok — 2:53.96

2. Court Larabee — 2:59.74

Spots available for peak to valley

The annual Jose Cuervo Peak to Valley Race, sponsored by Jose Cuervo, is an institution in Whistler, one of the highlights for skiers that like a good challenge.

The course is one of the longest anywhere, with a vertical drop of 1,443 metres from the top of The Saddle (weather and conditions permitting) to the timing flats above Creekside, and 180 gates placed along the five kilometre route.

While the race, taking place Feb. 3 and 4, usually sells out all 100 spots during the summer, there are a few teams slots still available. To enter a team you need four people, one of them female. Your category will depend on your combined age.

As well as team spots, race organizers keep a list of "singles" — racers that don't currently have teams, but would like to take part. A lot of teams find themselves scrambling for replacements at the last minute because racers have business or family commitments, or get injured before race day.

Skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders are welcome, although there are no separate categories.

To enter a team or get onto the singles list, contact Tim Dale at 604-905-2032.

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