On the Mountain 

From amateur to World Cup events

Whether you’re into speed, air-time or jibbing obstacles in the park, there’s a full slate of events on the 2005-06 calendar for everyone – skiers and boarders; amateurs, intermediates and pros; kids and adults – starting this December and running through the month of May.

Entry fees are usually pretty cheap to encourage participation, and many events are well-sponsored with lots of draw prizes including skis and snowboards.

You can register for most events through Whistler-Blackcomb Guest Relations or by calling the reservation centre at 1-800-766-0449. You can also see what’s coming by going to the Whistler-Blackcomb website ( www.whistlerblackcomb.com ) and checking out the Events Calendar in the Things To Do section.

Here’s a short list of activities to keep your eye open for:

Regular Events:

Kokanee Valley Race Series – Dec. 15 to March 23

This long running race series takes place on Thursdays throughout the winter season, with competitors trying their edges in the alpine disciplines of slalom, giant slalom and super G.

The races are open to everyone, and a typical field includes everybody from former national team skiers to people who are new to skiing and snowboarding and enjoy racing gates. You have to be 19 to enter, but after that age is no barrier – there are age categories for women in their 60s and men in their 70s.

The cost is $20 per race or $150 for the entire 10-race series, and all participants will have a chance to win a pair of Atomic skis at the party following every race, as well as other great draw prizes. Show up at every event and you’re bound to win something.

You can register in advance at any Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or Ski School Sales desk or by calling 1-800-766-0449. Event day registration takes place from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Rendezvous for Blackcomb Mountain races and the Dave Murray Race Centre at the top of the Garbanzo Chair for Whistler Mountain races.

Dec. 15 – Giant Slalom on Blackcomb

Jan. 12 – GS on Blackcomb

Jan. 26 – TBA

Feb. 9 – Dual Slalom on Blackcomb

Feb. 16 – Slalom on Blackcomb

Feb. 23 – TBA

Mar. 2 – TBA

Mar. 16 – TBA

Mar. 23 – Dual Slalom on Blackcomb

Sprite Park Rider Sessions – Dec. 18 to May 21

This park-oriented series is open to skiers and boarders of all ages – there are even categories for boys and girls 13 and Under – with eight rail jams, halfpipe contests, or slopestyle contests on the calendar.

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