Canada Snowboard unveils nationals dates 

Sports briefs: Lumpy's Epic Trail Run on tap; Canadians struggle in FIS opener

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - NO NATIONALS No Canada Snowboard events will be coming to Whistler in the 2016-17 season.
  • File Photo by Dan Falloon
  • NO NATIONALS No Canada Snowboard events will be coming to Whistler in the 2016-17 season.

Whistler won't be getting the country's top snowboarders this year, at least at Canada Snowboard events.

The resort was shut out from the organization's season schedule, which was announced on Oct. 21.

The Sport Chek Air Nation Freestyle Tour will make stops in Calgary (Feb. 10 to 12), Kamloops (Feb. 14 to 16) and wrap with nationals for slopestyle, big air and halfpipe in Barrie (March 5 to 12). The Sport Chek Speed Nation Tour, meanwhile, will bring competitors to Le Relais, Que. (Jan. 4 and 5), Toronto (Feb. 13 to 16) before nationals for giant slalom, slalom, snowboard-cross and para-snowboard-cross in Mont Tremblant, Que. (April 3 to 9). Lastly, the Sport Chek Speed Nation Snowboard-Cross Tour will stop in Mont Tremblant (Feb. 1 to 3) and Craigleith, Ont. (Feb. 8 to 10) before returning to Quebec for the aforementioned nationals.

Lumpy's Epic Trail Run on tap

There's one last chance to get your lumps out before winter.

Lumpy's Epic Trail Run is slated for this Saturday (Oct. 30) in Pemberton.

The race begins at 10 a.m. near the One Mile Lake boathouse with registration starting at 9 a.m. Participation costs $15 for adults while those 18 and under are free. Adults will run 10 kilometres on Lumpy's Trail while kids go for five kilometres on the Sea to Sky Trail.Proceeds go towards Spud Valley Nordics' children's programming.

For more information or to volunteer, visit

Canadians struggle at FIS opener

Canada's giant slalom athletes got off to a rough start in FIS action in Soelden, Austria on the weekend.

On the men's side, Dustin Cook and Trevor Philp failed to qualify for a second run while Phil Brown crashed out on his first run. France's Alexis Pinturault won the Oct. 23 race, besting Austrian Marcel Hirscher by 0.70 seconds and Germany's Felix Neureuther by 1.37 seconds.

In Oct. 22's women's race, Marie-Michele Gagnon completed both runs, but finished 17th. Switzerland's Lara Gut took the win in dominant fashion, finishing 1.44 seconds up on American Mikaela Shiffrin and 1.93 seconds ahead of Italy's Marta Bassino.

Canadians Valerie Grenier and Candace Crawford did not qualify for a second run.


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