Sports Briefs: Squamish star in 100th Grey Cup 

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The 100th edition of the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup match-up takes place this Sunday in Toronto, with the home Argonauts playing host to the Calgary Stampeders.

There's a local angle to this story, and while people on the coast aren't particularly inclined to cheer for any Toronto sports team, maybe some will make an exception for offensive guard Joe Eppele — all 308 pounds of him — as the 25-year-old looks to win the CFL's top trophy.

Eppele played four years for the Washington State Cougars. His grades were good enough to be named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Academic Second-Team in three straight seasons. He was drafted by the Argos in 2010 and played in seven games during his rookie season. He's played in almost every game since, alternating with other offensive linemen. Go Argos?

Del Bosco out with shoulder injury

Chris Del Bosco's bid to win an Olympic podium in 2014 took a detour to the hospital this week after the 30-year-old X Games champion separated his shoulder during a training run at Nakiska. He immediately headed to Vail, Colorado for surgery, and is expected to be sidelined for two to three months.

His own goal is to be healthy for the Olympic test event in Sochi, Russia in February. If all goes well, he will be able to defend his world championship title in March as well.

"I've been in this situation before and I'm confident I know what it takes," said Del Bosco, who came back from a knee injury in 2010 to earn five podiums and place fourth in the Olympics. He has 17 World Cup medals since 2009, as well as medals from pro events and nationals.

Ski Callaghan open for XC skiing

The local cross-country ski season is getting a Thursday, Nov. 22 start, with plans to open a selection of trails at Ski Callaghan (Whistler Olympic Park trails and Callaghan Country Trails).

According to Ski Callaghan, early season conditions are "marginal" and only two trails will be open — the stadium loop and Neverland.

Ski Callaghan represent a combined 130km of cross-country and snowshoe trails when open at full capacity, and operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. As well, the trails will be open for night skiing on Wednesday evenings until 9 p.m., starting on Nov. 28 — with the exception of Dec. 26.

Today is also the last day to purchase early bird passes at a price of $225 per person, going up to $315 after 9 p.m. There are also rates for youth, families and to use the dog loop.

As well as Ski Callaghan passes, Dual area passes are available that also include the trails at Lost Lake in Whistler. A dual area pass is $359 until Nov. 23, going up to $450.


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