Get wet at the Slush Cup
After almost a decade, the Slush Cup is returning to Whistler Blackcomb with a big pool of cold water to skim across on Blackcomb Mountain outside the Glacier Lodge.
Luckily the weather appears to be cooperating in the forecast, and it could easily be warm enough for people to consider a run at the pool.
Anyone can participate in the Palm Bay Slush Cup, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 - you can ski, snowboard or try to use any other contraption you can put together to try and skim over the water. The survival round gets underway at 1 p.m.
There will be awards for Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Wipeout and more, with prizes including Olympus Cameras Drift Head Cams, PIIQ headphones, Powder Mountain Catskiing tours, a RIM Blackberry, Bollé sunglasses and Palm Bay hoodies up for grabs. There's no charge to enter.
Robin Taylor and Jesse Fox will be emceeing the event and DJ Dakota will be providing some soaker music.
Participants should bring a towel and a change of clothes.
Bike Swap on May 7
WORCA's annual bike swap is a little later this year, but with lots of snow remaining in the valley it's probably for the best.
The annual swap will take place on Saturday, May 7 and will once again be based out of Whistler Olympic Plaza.
The gear drop-off is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a $2 price for every tag. The swap will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unsold items should be picked up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
WORCA will charge a commission on every sale of 15 per cent for the first $1,000 and 10 per cent on the balance. All of the proceeds will go towards youth mountain biking, including funding for the high school team and a youth grant, and to keep costs down for WORCA's youth dirt camps.
Like last year, WORCA has opened the event up to local retailers, many of which will be setting up tents to sell new and used items. This is a great way to get set up with your bike, helmet, gloves, pads, hydration packs and everything you'll need to enjoy the trails this summer.
If you can volunteer, WORCA is always looking for people to help set up the site, arrange bikes and gear and to answer questions from shoppers. Last year's event sold over $110,000 worth of used gear, raising roughly $14,000 for local youth programming.
For more, visit www.worca.com.
Team Whistler rides branching out
Members of Team Whistler gave the Spring Series a pass to take part in other events in recent weeks.
Tony Routley headed to the Tour of Walla Walla in Washington this past weekend, which is a four-stage road race. He placed fourth overall in the Masters 50-plus category and won the criterium stage.
Trevor Hopkins took part in the Hawaii Metric Century Race on April 10 against a field of 300 riders. He managed to stick with the lead group and in the last 20 km there were just five riders vying for the win. Hopkins placed fifth.
"It was one of the hardest and fastest road races I have ever done," he said. "Every time I looked at my speedometer we were riding along in the high 40s (kilometres per hour) and sometimes averaging over 50 km/h with a cross- and headwind the whole way. I was happy to hang on to the breakaway to the finish.
"When I had a chance to look up it was a pretty scenic race. While riding along the North Shore we rode past Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay."
For more, visit www.teamwhistler.ca.
Mosquito Lake run kicks off Sea to Sky season
The annual Mosquito Lake Trail Run has been confirmed for Sunday, May 1, meeting at the end of Reid Road. The course follows a roughly nine-kilometre selection of trails in the area, with a few rugged sections. Runners and walkers are welcome.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. The cost of entering is $15, with all proceeds going towards Pemberton Search and Rescue.
Whistler returns to North Shore Bike League
Last year Whistler Secondary fought to be included in the North Shore Mountain Bike League, and ended up hosting two events including a league competition and the provincial high school championships.
The team is back in action again this spring, and will be hosting the fourth race on the calendar on May 11 - assuming the snow melts enough by then to host an event.
There are roughly 200 competitors per event, representing 16 high schools from North Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky.
Spots still open for Every Woman conference
There are still spots available for the now eighth annual Every Woman in the World conference in Whistler, a three-day celebration of movement, health and wellness.
This year the range of activities on the calendar includes a four-hour hike, Nia, weight training, meditation, yoga, home-based fitness, Zumba, pilates, Boot Camp, spin class, cardio kickboxing, learn-to-run and RunFaster clinics, ballet, BellyFit, Gyrokinesis, Sport Fit, Bar Method, Capoeira, Cardio Striptease, Kayaking, Real Self Defense for the Busy Woman, Burlesque, Water Running, West African Dancing and Go-Go Dancing. There are also a variety of other workshops on nutrition, financial planning, organization, self-esteem and more.
The complete list of 60 workshops, dinners and guest speakers, is at www.everywomanintheworld.com.
There are special rates for people who live in the corridor, one-day packages for mothers and daughters, and five workshop packages.