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Also new is a Passtime Trampoline program, which will run Thursday and Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. A five-time pass is $60, and spaces are limited - first come, first served - from March 31 to June 17. This program is for 16 and up, and insurance is also required. You should wear the proper clothing, plus socks.

No experience is necessary, and a certified trampoline coach will be on hand to work on your skills.

Last, but not least, Whistler Gymnastics is launching a new "baby gym" program for kids aged six months to 18 months. The program needs six kinds to run.

The program is for crawlers and walkers, and will use a variety of colourful equipment for that age group.

For more information, visit or call 604-902-FLIP (3547).


Cross-country season winding down, sort of

April 10 is the final day of cross-country skiing at both Lost Lake and Whistler Olympic Park, although Callaghan Country - which operated with the Olympic Park as Ski Callaghan through the season - will be open until May 8 with lots of snow still in the low alpine.

Brad Sills, owner and operator of Callaghan Country, said the conditions are the best they've been in the mornings with cold temperatures at night freezing the tracks.

"There's lots of snow and it's probably some of the best skiing of the season in the mornings," he said."

There are a few events remaining this season as well.

The Woppet will take place on Saturday, April 9 at Ski Callaghan, with course lengths ranging from 7.5 km to 30 km. It's a free technique race for the longer distances, although there will be a classic track set for the 7.5 km route.

The Callaghan Winter Sports Club is hosting the event, and online registration is available until Wednesday, Apr. 6 at Race day registration is also available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for an extra $10.

The 30 km Quest race is $40 ($50 on race day), the 15 km Challenge is $40 ($50 on race day) and 7.5 km Cruiser is $25 ($35 on race day). A barbecue lunch is included with registration.

The Woppet also includes the second annual "Pole and Pedal" race, joining forces with the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association Toonie race for that week. For more information visit

The other event on the calendar is the Benchmark Series "Spring Fling" on April 30. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the skiers get underway at 9 a.m. at the base area. From there, skiers follow a 13.5 km uphill route to the Callaghan Lodge, with a free barbecue available from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for a lift ticket ($5 for children and youth) if you register in advance at

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