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Skiers on top at Steven's Pass
Five members of the Whistler Freeride competition team headed to Steven's Pass in Washington State this past weekend for the 2013 Jim Jack Cowboy Up Freeride Challenge.
Brothers Cooper and Jackson Bathgate placed first and second in the 12-14 age category, with Cooper launching a backflip that was one of the highlights of the day.
In the 15-18 category, Tom and Liam Peiffer competed with Tom finishing fourth overall, and Liam crashing after qualifying in seventh. Conrad Murdoch finished 13th overall.
The team's next competition is at Crystal Mountain, Washington, Feb. 15-16 for the second leg of a three-part triple crown event.
Squamish Triathlon adds sprint distance
The annual Squamish Triathlon is adding a spring distance event to the schedule for the 16th anniversary of the event, looking to draw more newcomers, youth and others that don't have the time or experience to compete in the full Olympic distance event.
The sprint race includes a 750-metre swim, 18.5km bike leg and a 5km trail run, half the distance of the Olympic event.
This year's race takes place on Sunday, July 7, and is six weeks out from the Ironman Canada race in Whistler on Aug. 25. Registration opens on Feb. 14 and early bird prices will be in effect until Apr. 1.
Whistler telemark festival this weekend
The annual Whistler Telemark Festival is hosting a series of events this Sunday, Feb. 10 with morning clinics for all levels of telemark skiers and an afternoon race, group ski and mass telemark drop down the mountain. The event is followed by an après ski party with prizes.
The cost is $15 to take part in the events, and organizers are offering 40 per cent off passes for people who preregister at www.bctelemark.com.
Ladies night to support hockey team's provincial bid
The third annual Va Va Voom Ladies Night Out at the Nicklaus North clubhouse on Feb. 13 is being organized by hockey moms this year — specifically to benefit Whistler's Winterhawks Midget Rep team, which is heading to the provincial championships in March. The team is ranked first in Midget A Flight 4 in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association with a record of 13-2-3 in 18 games.
They've outscored the opposition 71 to 28 this year, averaging 3.9 goals per game.
Tickets to the fundraiser, which will also support a $500 minor hockey bursary and $1,000 in minor hockey scholarships, are $20 and the event is expected to sell out. The evening includes a purse/scarf swap, silent auction, raffle, door prizes, free hors d'ouevres and more. Tickets are available from Run With It, Fruv or Whistler Creek Athletic Club.
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