Sports briefs: Get your wax on 

The Whistler Nordics are hosting a wax fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m., in partnership with The Nordic Shop (opposite the Telus Whistler Conference Centre). All cross-country skiers are invited to bring their skis by the store for waxing, and are welcome to stay to talk about waxing and learn how to do it themselves. The minimum donation is $15, with all proceeds going to the Whistler Nordics.

“Wax is the second most important thing for skiers, but it’s something that people always forget about,” said Duncan Munro, who learned from visiting national teams at Whistler Olympic Park last year and who will be waxing on Monday. The most important thing?

“It’s technique,” he said. “All the racers know that there are three things make people fast, the first is technique, the second is wax, and the third is fitness.”

The skis will be ready for pickup the next morning, unless you’re one of the skiers that wants to learn more about waxing.

With no trails open at Whistler Olympic Park and Lost Lake (Callaghan Country’s Main Line trail to Callaghan Lake is open), Munro says skiers have an opportunity this year to get ready.

“I talk to people all the time who wax once a year because they’re too busy, but this way there’s no excuses.”

 

Biathlon Twoonie race cancelled

The first Salomon Biathlon Twoonie Race, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7 at Whistler Olympic Park, has been cancelled due to the lack of snow.

The events, where participants get to race the Olympic course, shoot rifles with the assistance of volunteers, and ski penalty laps for all the targets they miss, are open to the public for a $10 entry fee.

Future events are scheduled for Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 29.

 

Squamish Wolfpack face Delta on Saturday

With an 8-16 record and no wins in their conference of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League, the Squamish Wolfpack are in a tough place in their bid to make the playoffs in their inaugural season.

The top four of five teams in the Tom Shaw Conference will move onto the playoffs, and the Wolfpack are currently sitting fifth. In fourth place right now are the Delta Icehawks, which are making a trip to Squamish Saturday, Dec. 6.

Detla only have three more wins than Squamish and two fewer losses, if you count four overtime losses this season.

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