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Mudderella returns to resort for second year

Sports briefs: WSS volleyball tournament; Learn luge; Callaghan offers snow guarantee pass
Championship play Grade 10 girls face off at the District Girls' Volleyball Championships on Friday, Nov. 13 at Whistler Secondary School. photo by emily wharin

Mudderella will be returning to Whistler in 2016.

Organizers plan to hold the event, which welcomed nearly 9,000 participants this year, next Sept. 24.

"We are incredibly excited to return to Whistler with Mudderella in 2016," said Nicholas Cogger, Director of Business Development for Mudderella. "We look forward to delivering this experience to thousands of new and returning participants, who will travel from near and far to see what's in store for 2016."

Part of the Tough Mudder family of brands, Mudderella will be joined by Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half in Whistler on June 18 and 25.

Mudderella is an eight- to 11-kilometre obstacle course challenge designed for women, by women.

The Mudderella Whistler course features a rocky, mountainous course and includes signature obstacles designed to test balance, agility, strength and teamwork. There will be some new obstacles for 2016 as well.

The non-competitive, untimed challenge brought over 1,300 people to Whistler for the first time, providing a positive economic impact on the region.

District girls' volleyball at WSS

Whistler Secondary School (WSS) hosted the District Girls' Volleyball Championships Friday, Nov.13.

Athletes from Grades 8-12 played across 18 teams from WSS, Pemberton Secondary, Don Ross and Howe Sound schools.

By the 8 p.m. finish Whistler Grade 9 Gold team defeated The Whistler Grade 9 Blue team. The senior girls team fought to the end, losing to Pemberton in a tight 3-2 finish. The Grade 8 win went to Don Ross, while Howe Sound took home the Grade 10 trophy in a win against Whistler.

The preliminary rounds were all best of three games, while the finals were best of five.

Learn Luge or Skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre

The Whistler Sliding Centre, together with BC Luge and the BC Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association, are offering entry-level programs for the Olympic sliding sports of luge and skeleton.

The "Discover Luge" program is available for children and youth eight to 14 years of age. Participants will receive an extensive introduction to the sport off-ice with dryland practice and a track walk. After that they will start sliding from a low point of the track and will eventually be able to go through four corners of the Whistler Sliding Centre's ice track, reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h.

The Discover Luge sessions in the 2015/2016 season are offered on Nov. 29 (9 to 11 a.m.), Dec. 13 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Jan. 17 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Feb. 14 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and March 6 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). One individual session costs $35. Participants need to bring their own properly adjusted CSA certified snowsport helmet, all other equipment is provided.

Discover Skeleton will be offered on Nov. 29 (5 to 7 p.m.) and Dec. 13 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.). For young adults aged 15 to 24, one individual session costs $50.

Pre-registration for both programs is required. Sessions can be booked online ( or by phone at 604-964-0040.

Ski Callaghan offers snow guarantee pass, new shuttle bus

For the first time, the Ski Callaghan season passes come with a snow guarantee for the 2015/2016 season.

If less than 100 days of opportunity to ski or snowshoe can be provided between opening 2015 and closing 2016, season pass holders will receive one-per-cent discount for each day less than 100 ,as a credit to apply to their season pass for 2016/2017 (some conditions apply).

And season pass holders from Whistler without transportation to the Callaghan Valley will be able to hop on the new Whistler Olympic Park shuttle bus.

Starting Dec. 19, the bus will run daily from two pickup locations in Whistler Village to the Callaghan and back in the afternoon. Pass holders pay $10 for a return trip (subject to availability, reservation required).

With conditions looking favourable for the coming weeks, the cross-country ski area, a joint venture between Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, expects to open its gates on Thursday, Nov.26 as scheduled.

Early Bird season passes are available until Nov. 25. Season passes are also available for dogs ($40) that accompany their humans on the over 40 kilometres of dog-friendly ski and snowshoe trails. Those who like to explore the backcountry can get the "Wild Spirit Pass Upgrade" ($150), which entitles them to perks like snowcat shuttle rides and special rates on backcountry/high-elevation activities.

Skiers who want to ski both at Ski Callaghan and at Lost Lake in Whistler can obtain the Dual Area pass at the early bird rate of $419 (adults) and $209 (youth).

Season passes and more information are available by phone at 604-964-0060 or online

Teck Cup coming Nov. 29 to Callaghan

Preparations are well under way for Teck Coast Cup #1 set to take place on Nov. 29.

"With the snow received to date, and conditions improving each day, we are excited for Whistler Olympic Park's anticipated opening day of Nov. 26," said Tim Hope, managing director of Whistler Olympic Park. "Teck Coast Cup #1 is a welcomed event to kick off the first weekend of the season."

Close to 100 athletes are expected to participate in the event, most of them kids aged five and up, but also including adults. This is an event that is open to racers of all abilities, from those starting off in their first race to seasoned racers. As an early-season event, relatively short distances are offered. The emphasis is on fun. Online registration for Teck Coast Cup #1 is open until Thursday evening, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. at

This is the first in a series of five regional events that take place at Whistler Olympic Park and at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island with clubs vying for the Coast Cup banner. Points are earned by clubs for top five finishes and participation.

Masters ski training

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) is offering an adult race program. The U99 Program will provide high quality training in preparation for local, regional, national and international masters' races.

Ski racing experience is a prerequisite for participation in the WMSC U99 program. While there is strong emphasis on GS and SL gate training, the team will also work on developing fundamental technical skiing skills.

Ken Doraty will be the Master's Head coach.

The program for 2015-2016 is based on a 20-day program from Nov. 29 until April 10.

For more information, contact Doraty at