Kokanee Valley Race Series kicks off 

Race goes ahead despite snow

By Andrew Mitchell

Rain, snow, low visibility and other obstacles kept the Whistler-Blackcomb events department busy last week, but they still managed to get off the first of eight Kokanee Valley Race Series events scheduled for this season.

The first event was a giant slalom on Gandy Dancer in soft-packed conditions. Although some skiers and snowboarders gave the race a pass to ride the alpine powder, over 50 people took part in the two-run race.

The next event is another giant slalom on Thursday, Jan. 11.

The cost is $20 when you register in advance at any Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations or Ski School Sales location, and $25 when you register on race day. All skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers are welcome to take part, and all participants are eligible to win draw prizes, including a pair of Atomic skis.

Results (Top-three, two runs)

Women 60-Plus

1. Grace Oaks — 1:44.14

Women 50 to 59

1. Randall Carpenter — 1:46.16

Women 40 to 49

1. Kary Fristbrook — 1:35.87

2. Terry Daly — 1:42.80

Women 30 to 39

1. Heike Stippler — 1:43.28

2. Karin Kafkova — 1:47.87

3. Stacy Dodson — 1:57.04

Women 19 to 29

1. Mayumi Ueno — 1:47.72

2. Melinda Good – 2:33.34

Men 70-Plus

1. David Trussler — 1:38.06

2. Werner Himmelsbach — 1:53.97

3. Doug Deeks – 1:55.93

Men 60 to 69

1. Bob Switzer — 1:37.97

2. Butch White — 1:40.38

3. Jules Lajoie — 1:42.53

Men 50 to 59

1. Alain Rey — 1:30.76

2. Ken Chaddock — 1:33.79

3. Peter Lyall — 1:36.81

Men 40 to 49

1. John Muzzillo — 1:30.52

2. Tenney Wilkins — 1:30.92

3. Geoff Gerhart — 1:33.75

Men 30 to 39

1. Mike Stewart — 1:37.01

Men 19 to 29

1. Fred Tremblay — 1:36.85

2. Paul Hothersall — 1:38.42

3. Jess LaFramboise — 1:41.87

Men Pro

1. Phil Beauregard — 1:29.86

2. Derek Burgen — 1:31.30

3. Steve Hainsworth — 1:39.71

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