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A boutique with a chef

The Sundial Boutique Hotel at Whistler Blackcomb has a special that will keep
guests in their rooms. Not only are you treated to in-suite spa services, an
in-suite chef will prepare all the three- to five-course gourmet meals you
want, all before your very eyes. I checked the prices and you will need to
bring a little extra cash. Rooms are $1000-$3000 for a five-night stay, and
you will have to pay extra for lift tickets.


Jasper in January

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the best deals of the winter.
This season’s Jasper in January festival will be January 14-29, during
which lift tickets will be reduced to $40, hotels will slash their already
low season rates by another third, and events including Australia Days and
pub crawls will fill out the evening entertainment.


King of the mountain

The Jeep King of the Mountain series is coming to Sunshine Village January
7-8. This race is unique because it features both skiers and snowboarders
competing head-to-head on a Y course. The Y has proved ideal for skiers and
snowboarders alike, and the Jeep King of the Mountain Series is the only
series to combine the racing elements of these two sports into one event.
Racers begin on separate courses and after negotiating a number of parallel
slalom-like turns they merge at the Y point where the two courses combine
into one. There, just like a skiercross or boardercross, skiers and
snowboarders must then negotiate a single set of banked turns, and a series
of single and double rollers leading to an exciting finish. Top skiers and
boarders from around the world are expected to compete because this event
offers the richest cash purse in snow racing.


Heavy Metal Rail Jam

If you’ve got the stuff or you’re still working on it and want a
little competition, head down to Fernie this opening weekend and take part in
their Heavy Metal Rail Jam. It’s an all-day event that has a $20 entry
that puts you in line for tons of prizes and maybe even some cash. Like all
events in the Rockies this winter, helmets are mandatory.


Fortress opening delayed

The re-opening of Fortress Mountain has been delayed by several weeks and
they now expect to crank the lifts on December 23. Lack of snow? No, just a
bunch of legal wrangling, ensuring that the new ownership group has all their
ducks in a row. I do have to get up there to see their new snow guns. The new
ownership group has some affiliation to snow-making equipment and have
advertised theirs as “state of the art TechnoAlpin snow-making fan
guns.” Sounds impressive and helpful as we go through another dry


Take the Dive

Delirium Dive at Sunshine Village has been open for several weeks now. This
extreme terrain offers 2000 feet of vertical with an average 40-degree pitch.
There are a number of rules that must be followed in order for you to take
the plunge. Avalanche transceivers are mandatory, and along with wearing a
helmet you need a shovel and you must be accompanied by at least one other
person before you depart through the well-marked gates at the top of the
Great Divide. Like all other areas this time of year, extreme caution is
advised and all signage must be obeyed. V

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