Lost Lake opens for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

Also in sports briefs: Broderick Thompson nets first World Cup top-10, National Ski and Snowboard Day returning to WB slopes

The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) trail maintenance crews gave Nordic ski enthusiasts an early Christmas present when Lost Lake Park opened for the season on Dec. 21.

Currently, 6.5 kilometres of ski trails are open, with 4 km of track set — including Lost Lake Loop and Lower Panorama. Regular hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with an opening special offering 50 per cent off trail tickets.

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“The trails are extensive. They’re lit, so you can (ski) at night, from 3 p.m. onwards,” explained Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. There’s the opportunity at the lodge to rent equipment if you don’t have any, and then of course there’s cross-country skiing on the Nicklaus North area — that needs more snow but I’m sure that will be opening soon as well.”

While, at press time, the Chateau Golf Course and Nicklaus North Golf Course trails both remained closed and awaiting more snow, the Meadow Park to Rainbow Park Valley Trail sections are open to both skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts for multipurpose use. “There’s no cost to skiing on that trail, and it’s dog friendly,” Wilhelm-Morden added.

However, “with all of this fresh dump of snow I would just encourage everybody to check daily for updates as far as any additional trails that are open,” Wilhelm-Morden said.

When fully operational, the trail network provides over 25 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing, and 15 km of snowshoe trails. However, in order to maintain the trails’ condition, the park is closed to walkers, bikers, runners, ice skaters and dogs for the winter season.

For more information, go to https://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/recreation/cross-country-skiing-and-snowshoeing.

Whistler’s Broderick Thompson earns World Cup career best

Broderick Thompson finished 2017 with a bang, earning his first-ever top-10 World Cup finish in Bormio, Italy on Dec. 29.

The 23-year-old Whistler native clinched eighth place in the alpine combined event to secure the personal-best result.

“I skied with confidence in both runs and made some good turns,” said Thompson in a release. “It ended up being pretty good!”

As the only Canadian to compete in the Bormio alpine combined event, Thompson landed in 24th following the opening downhill run, before laying down a stellar slalom performance to move up 16 spots. His final time clocked in just 1.22 seconds behind the leader.

Thompson’s first top-10 World Cup comes following a breakout start to the season that’s seen him achieve two top-30 downhill results.

The Canadian men’s speed team is back in action January 12th in Wengen, Switzerland.

Whistler Blackcomb set to participate in National Ski & Snowboard Day

National Ski & Snowboard Day is returning to slopes across Canada for the fourth year in a row on Jan. 27, while Whistler Blackcomb will be one of 18 resorts to once again participate in the festivities.

In partnership with the Canadian Ski Council’s “Making Winter Winner’s” foundation, CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day is celebrating the sports that have brought — and kept — so many Whistlerites rooted in the mountains.

With discounted lift tickets and rental packages available, proceeds from the days online ticket sales will also be donated back to help support athletes representing Canada at World Cups, World Championships, and the Olympic and Paralympic games.  

“Canada is a winter country and Canadians were not meant to hibernate,” said Paul Pinchbeck, CEO of the Canadian Ski Council, in a release. “Skiing and snowboarding are the greatest family oriented winter sports and a key opportunity to get outside and be active in winter. Our winter sport athletes are heroes who can be looked up to and can help inspire new people to take up snow sports. This new partnership between Canada’s resorts, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the alpine, freestyle and snowboard teams is an opportunity to engage the nation in a celebration of winter sport. We look forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders, whether existing or new, to Canada’s resorts on National Ski and Snowboard Day.”

For more information, visit http://hittheslopes.ca/.

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