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Nordic Toonie sprint tonight

This week Whistler Nordics Toonie Race is a sprint event around a 1.7 km course at Nicklaus North, with all the participants getting two rounds on the course.

The sign-on is at the Nicklaus North Golf Club at 5:30 p.m. with the race getting underway at 6:15 p.m. Headlamps are mandatory as the race is not on a lighted section of trail.

The cost is $2 to take part and you must be a member of the Whistler Nordics. Non-members can pay a $5 Try-a Toonie rate, or purchase a membership for the season.

The after-party is at The Den at Nicklaus North.

The Nicklaus North Golf Club sponsors this week's race, while Ryders Eyewear and Scandinave Spa are sponsoring the Toonie Race season.

Last week's race was a headlamp classic ski romp through Lost Lake Park, sponsored by Cross Country Connection and Avalanche Pizza, which provided post-race food for racers at the Lost Lake Passive Haus.

Nicki Murdoch was the fastest junior racer in 18:36, followed by Stephanie Denroche in 23:03. Michael Murdoch led the junior boys in 20:43, followed by Owen Reith in 20:56 and Gabriel Rushbrook in 22:50.

The older racers did two laps of the course. Ghlee Macleod led the women in 29:55, followed by Andrea Peiffer in 33:06 and Teresa Oswald in 33:40. Vesa Suomalainen led the elite men in 24:07, followed by Brent Murdoch in 25:56 and Tony Peiffer in 25:58.

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Ski and Snowboard Cross this weekend

A huge turnout is expected this weekend for the first of the season Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Cross presented by Powerade, especially in the younger ski categories, which have been known to sell out. One event last year had over 170 participants, with skiers and boarders of all ages particiapting.

The competition is a two-day event, with training and qualification on Saturday, and more training followed by the brackets on Sunday.

Advance registration is $44.80, taxes included, at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations, and you can register on the day of the event at the Rendezvous Lodge for $50. Registration is open until 9:45 a.m.

Helmets are mandatory for all racers and mouthguards are recommended. Because of the nature of cross events, other protective gear such as full-face helmets, padding and braces can also come in handy.

The course follows the permanent track on Blackcomb Mountain, although the run will be cleared, groomed and built-up for the race day. There are no jumps or mandatory airs, and the goal is to keep your skis or board on the snow as much as possible over jumps and rollers.


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