Skiers take to Lower Franz’s for Peak to Valley warm up 

It's impossible to actually train for the annual Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race, with one of the longest giant slalom courses in the world. The course goes from The Saddle near the top of Whistler Mountain to the base at Creekside, a vertical drop of drop of over 1,440 metres, with 180 gates spaced over five kilometres.

Still, this past weekend skiers got to race a small part of the course with a warm up race on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Lower Franz's. There was a solid turnout of more than 80 racers taking part.

The official race takes place this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7. Some teams of four may be looking for skiers at the last minute, so if you're interested in joining a team e-mail Mari Nagai at mnagai@intrawest.com.

Women 60-Plus
1. Grace Oaks - 2:36.15
2. Judi Sheppard - 3:04.87
3. Helene Bertrand - 3:09.17

Women 50 to 59
1. Terry Daly - 2:20.52
2. Janine Linder Joris - 2:21.50
3. Joy Fera - 2:35.39

Women 40 to 49
1. Adrienne Deeks - 2:28.07
2. Kary Firstbrook - 2:28.81
3. Shirley Hui - 2:34.67

Women 19 to 29
1. Jennifer Brun - 2:34.68

Men 80-Plus
1. Douglas Deeks - 3:07.58
2. Gar Robinson - 3:07.65

Men 70 to 79
1. Bob Switzer - 2:18.18
2. Dave Trussler - 2:24.79
3. Herbert Grubel - 3:01.02

Men 60 to 69
1. Paul Psutka - 2:16.31
2. Lou Fenninger - 2:23.81
3. Jules Lajoie - 2:25.05

Men 50 to 59
1. Alain Rey - 2:11.45
2. Doug Carter - 2:16.22
3. Dave Johnston - 2:17.80

Men 40 to 49
1. Tenney Wilkins - 2:14.42
2. Geoff Gerhart - 2:18.67
3. Tom Jackson - 2:19.97

Men 30 to 39
1. Joe Jamieson - 2:17.51
2. Daniel Moore - 2:20.02
3. Andre Vachon - 2:20.87

Men 19 to 29
1. Hayato Sakamoto - 2:54.53

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