Rack up the runs to win
On January 16, Marmot Basin will kick off Jasper in January festivities with a Corporate & Family Challenge. The event is open to skiers and boarders, and teams of four can enter. The fun starts at 11 am, when each team member will receive a passport, which will be stamped for completed runs at the base of Paradise, Eagle Express and Canadian Rockies Express chairs. Each chair has a different point value: one point at Eagle Express, two at Paradise and three at the Canadian Rockies Express. Your team will have to figure out which chair is optimum, considering how long it takes to ski the slope, the length of the lift line and the time spent sitting on the chair. The competition runs until 4 pm, and there will be a lunch break from noon to 1 pm where no points will be awarded. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to your boss, sponsors or wealthy family members to raise the $1000 per team that is required to get you into the game. Don’t forget to work on your team strategy and fitness, because four hours of non-stop skiing or boarding will wear you down.
Avalanche Awareness Days are here
This year’s Avalanche Days retrun on January 16 and 17 at Lake Louise, Castle Mountain, Fernie and Kicking Horse Mountain Resorts. The showcase continues the following weekend, January 23 and 24, at Sunshine Village. Numerous events and demonstrations are planned for each day, including avalanche beacon practice, snow-profile talks and the popular avalanche dog demos. If you are into backcountry adventures—or even thinking about heading out in the near future—you should drop by and participate in some of the unique demos at each resort. Avalanche Canada is also hosting a couple of Avalanche Awareness nights at Lake Louise Parks Canada visitor centre (Friday, January 15 at 6:30 pm) and the Banff Centre (Sunday, January 17 at 7 pm). These are two-hour sessions with the experts that will explain how avalanches are formed and controlled as well as how to get important information about current conditions before you head out. V