From FIS races to telemarking, plenty happening this week at BC Ski Areas…

(Photo courtesy of Silver Star Mountain Resort)

How about that sunshine? As the calendar turns from one of the snowiest Januarys in recent memory, I think we can agree that skiers and snowboarders are welcoming the warming rays and longer days as BC resorts get into mid-winter mode. There are tons of great events and adventures scheduled for this weekend. Get out there and enjoy some of that sweet, perfectly groomed corduroy and ‘let ‘em run!’

Mount Seymour

If you think a cab is something you take home from the bar or that the Indy is a car race, then you should brush up on your snowboard tricks. On Saturday, the Vans Hi-Standard Big Air Series takes place at the Northlands terrain park. The more style (that’s called ‘steeze’) and trick variety a rider shows the judges, the more they get paid. Each stylish maneuver will get cash on the spot. Over $12,000 available in cash and prizes!

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Grouse Mountain

Roxy – that super-cool all-girlz ski and snowboard clothing brand – is bringing its Roxy Ride Days snowboard coaching tour to The Peak of Vancouver – Grouse Mountain – this weekend. Hit your first jump, or work on your all mountain skillz from the WSF Roxy coaching team. The day will be broken up between all mountain and park coaching sessions in the morning and mini jam comps in the afternoon. All skill levels welcome.

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Cypress Mountain

Wow, can it really be Super Bowl 46? Your blogger recalls the very first Super Bowl between the Packers and Chiefs. Time flies, eh? Up at Cypress Mountain, the Crazy Raven pub will have plenty of f&b specials, including jugs of Kokanee and Pale Ale for $17, and there will be prize giveaways at halftime and after the game. Kickoff is at 3:30 pm.

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Whistler/Blackcomb

Telemarkers – wow, are they still out there? If you drop the knee and genefluct at the holy shrine of Sondre Nordheim, , then don’t miss the Whistler Telemark Festival on Saturday. This is a great opportunity for to get together and enjoy a day of skiing with instruction.  There will be fun competitions, prizes and après-tele, too! Participants are entitled to 50% off lift tickets and 20% off rentals. Email bctelemark@gmail.com for more info and to sign up.

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Mount Baker Ski Area

Don’t know a slough (pronounced “sluff”) from a slough (pronounced “slew”) – well, then backcountry education day at Mount Baker is for you. If you spend time skiing out of bounds, touring, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or any backcountry travel in the winter, then make sure to hit  Backcountry Education Day at Bsker this weekend.  Learn about basic search technique including beacon, shovel and probe use. 3 hours of education followed by over $2000 (US!) in gear give-aways!

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Hemlock Valley

Doubtless there will be all kinds of slopeside madness up at Hemlock this weekend, but did you know that ladies ski FREE every Thursday at Hemlock? How can beat ‘free’? Well, how about with free appies at Molly’s pub afterwards, and free entry into Hemlock’s great weekly draw prizes?

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Sun Peaks

Now, here’s an event worth supporting. The Adaptive Snow Sports Festival will be a celebration of Sun Peaks’ local adaptive skiing programs with the theme, “we can do this”. The festival highlights the work of students, volunteers, and instructors involved with Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks, including the culmination of its first-ever five week lesson program.

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Silver Star

It’s Vernon Winter Carnival weekend up in the Okanagan this weekend and this year marks the return of snow sculpture building to nearby Silver Star Mountain Resort. Watch some of BC’s best ice carvers as they battle it out for the right to represent the province at the Quebec Winter Carnival later this month. “It’s always amazing to watch the sculptors working around the clock turning the snow here at the resort into a beautiful work of art. It’s just too bad they don’t last all winter long!” says Robin Baycroft, Silver Star Mountain Resort Services Manager.

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Big White

Champagne powder and world-class wines are just two things that Big White Ski Resort is known for, and with some money-saving accommodation deals on right now, you’ll have more dough in your pocket to treat yourself with. Executive Chef Bryce Broadhurst of the Kettle Valley Steakhouse will host the BC Legends Wine Dinner on Thursday, February 9th. This deluxe four-course Prix Fixe menu highlights some of the best local ingredients the Okanagan has to offer.  For bookings, please contact the Kettle Valley Steakhouse at 250.491.0131

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Apex Resort

Nervous parents and patient race coaches from around Western Canada will be at Apex Resort this weekend for the FIS Miele Cup, a stepping stone on each young racer’s path to NorAm and even World Cup glory. Maybe the next Erik Guay is in the starting gate right now!

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort

With a settled base of over 225 centimetres, Revelstoke Mountain Resort has been enjoying yet another epic winter. Their First Tracks program lets skiers and boarders enjoy coffee and a muffin and then load the Gondola for First Tracks on the Stoke Chair.

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