Kokannee series continues with snowy giant slalom 

Soft conditions but lots of racers

The second Kokanee Valley Race Series event of the season, a giant slalom on Gandy Dancer, took place last Thursday, Jan. 12 with another good turnout of racers and soft-packed terrain.

Despite the softer conditions, some of the faster competitors were extremely close, separated by as little as a tenth of second over two runs.

The next event, after today’s (Jan. 19) super-G on Blackcomb, is a giant slalom on Whistler on Jan. 26. You can register in advance at any Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations or Ski School Sales location, or on the day of the race in the race centre at the top of the Garbanzo Chair until 9:45 a.m.

The cost is $20 to enter, which includes the race, an après party with video from the day, and an opportunity to win draw prizes, including a pair of Atomic skis. On Jan. 12 the skis went to Peter Layll.

Results:

Women 60-Plus

1. Grace Oaks – 1:50.65

Women 50 to 59

1. Janine Linder – 1:39.14

Women 40 to 49

1. Terry Vincent – 1:40.82

2. Kary Firstbrook – 1:42.92

Women 30 to 39

1. Heiki Stippler – 1:48.45

2. Karin Kafkova – 1:49.46

3. Jackie Jackson – 1:52.80

Women 19 to 29

1. Kimberly Arnot – 1:48.38

2. Mayumi Ueno – 1:52.68

3. Melinda Good – 2:06.76

Women Pro

1. Sanae Tanaka – 1:43.03

Men 70-Plus

1. Owen Owens – 1:56.80

2. Werner Himmelsbach – 1:58.04

3. Jerry Stolar – 2:03.49

Men 60 to 60

1. Bob Switzer – 1:40.76

2. David Trussler – 1:42.06

3. Alfred Zeilberger – 1:52.59

Men 50 to 59

1. Alain Rey – 1:35.55

2. Ken Chaddock – 1:37.82

3. Paul Psutka – 1:40.60

Men 40 to 49

1. Dave Johnston – 1:37.96

2. Scot Elder – 1:38.06

3. John Muzziloo – 1:38.40

Men 30 to 39

1. John Evenson – 1:37.88

2. Barry Thomson – 1:46.11

Men 19 to 29

1. Ian Findlay – 1:41.88

2. Wade Martin – 3:14.24

Men Pro

1. Philip Beauregard – 1:35.50

2. Francois Hebert – 1:36.29

3. Steve Hainsworth – 1:42.74

Men Snowboard

1. Graeme Cowan – 2:21.55

2. Cameron Wells – 2:27.69

3. Michael Bel – 2:29.59

Peak to Valley racers needed

For anyone who has ever wanted to compete in the annual Appleton Rum Peak to Valley race – from the top of The Saddle to the base of Creekside on the world’s longest giant slalom course – Whistler-Blackcomb is compiling a list of alternates if any of the racers from other teams pull out for whatever reason. To get on this list, send an e-mail to Terry Phillips in the Whistler-Blackcomb Events Department, mailto:tphillips@intrawest.com,tphillips@intrawest.com, or call 604-905-2034.

The Peak to Valley takes place Feb. 3-4, with two members from each team of four racing on each day.

Tickets are still available to the Awards Dinner Party in the Roundhouse Lodge for non-racers through the Events Department.

This is a popular event, selling out in the summer within days of going on sale. For more information check out www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/events/detail/peaktovalley.htm

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