Early bird XC deadline Dec. 5 

The price of cross-country ski passes and tickets will go up after Dec. 5, including the new Tri-Area pass which allows people to access trails at Lost Lake, Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country. Together, that adds up to 127 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiers.

The passes are available from all three vendors for $325 per adult, $195 for youths, $163 for children and $650 for families, with rates going up to $400, $240, $200 and $800 respectively after Dec. 5.

As well early bird rates apply to night passes (after 3 p.m.), and regular passes for each location. Whistler employees can also purchase an Ambassador or Spirit Pass for $166 for Lost Lake.

More information on trails and passes is available online at www.whistlerolympicpark.com, www.whistler.ca (search for Lost Lake cross country), and www.callaghancountry.com.


Volleyball team wins consolation tournament

The Whistler Powder women’s volleyball team took part in the season opener of the provincial volleyball season in Burnaby this past weekend, and finished the day strong.

The team got off to a slow start, losing their first two games to teams from the Lower Mainland, Shake ’n’Bake, and Six in the City. They managed to split games against Shadow, a long-running Vancouver team that always contends for the Tier I title, and finished third in their pool of six teams.

Relegated to Tier II, Powder faced a team from Simon Fraser University in the semi-finals, who they beat in consecutive games to go to the final. They faced another club team from Vancouver, winning consecutive games once again to finish first in Tier II. Their final record on the day was two wins, two losses and a tie.


B.C. Snowboard camps change dates

Candidates for the provincial snowboard team — a stepping stone for athletes to the national team — should be aware of an important date change for selection camps, made because of the lack of snow at B.C. resorts.

The Big White Ski Resort camp is being pushed back to Dec. 6-7, while the Cypress Mountain Camp is now on Dec. 13-14. Both areas will function as training centres for the team, which will attend regional, provincial, national and international competitions over the course of the season. Pre-registration is required for the camps at www.bcsnowboard.com.


Rugby team finishes season unbeaten

The Whistler Secondary Storm Grade 8/9 rugby team wrapped up its four-game fall season with a 20-17 win against Howe Sound Secondary on Nov. 19. Ralph Cravalho scored two tries in that game, and Mike Williams was named the team MVP for the season.

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