Sports Briefs 

Bike Park opens daily this week

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park will open daily starting this weekend, with regular hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a special Extended Play on Saturdays with discounted passes from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., which come with a $10 voucher for the GLC.

After June 15, Extended Play will run from Wednesday to Saturday until Sept. 4, and on Sundays during long weekends.

Due to popular demand the park is opening a day early this year, with the chairs turning on Friday.

"Early season riding in the park has been amazing, and the trails are in great shape so we decided to start seven-day operations one day early," said Rob McSkimming, the vice president of business development for Whistler-Blackcomb.

Work has already started on the new Magic Park at the base of Blackcomb, a beginner park that will include two trails. The Magic Park will open on June 18.

With the early snowmelt this year, crews have already been working in the Garbanzo Zone, and may open the area early this year. The official opening is June 25.

Masters Doubles Tennis championship this weekend

This weekend, Friday to Sunday, the Whistler Racquet Club is hosting the HSBC Whistler Masters Doubles Round Robin Tournament, with categories for men, women and mixed teams in different age groups, 35 and up.

For more information visit www.whistlertennis.com.

Tickets on sale for Neil Falkner Memorial

Tickets to the Third Annual Neil Falkner Memorial Fund Putting Tournament are on sale, and organizers are asking people who are interested in participating to get their tickets early.

Hosted by friends and family of Neil Falkner, this annual event takes place on Saturday, June 4 with 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. shotgun starts at Riverside Greens Putting Course. The barbecue gets underway at 2 p.m. and the beer garden will run all day.

The cost is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event, which includes a round of putting, the barbecue, draw prizes and the silent auction.

The proceeds will to towards the Neil Falkner Memorial Fund, which provides Outward Bound Canada scholarships to high school students in Vancouver and Whistler.

The fund was created in memory of Neil Falkner, an Outward Bound graduate and a Whistler ski patroller who died on a ski traverse in the Rockies in April of 2002.

This is the first year that the fund has enough money to provide scholarships to two kids, including a successful candidate from Neil’s old high school, Britannia Secondary in East Vancouver.

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