As the longest giant slalom in the world, the Whistler Peak to Valley Race challenges both the stamina and the skill of the racers. For the 2016 Whistler Peak to Valley, the excitement starts on Friday, February 19th at 8am and concludes the following day at 5:30pm.
Coed teams of four skiers who are at least 19 years old as of December 31, 2015 will race a course, with two team members racing on Friday and two on Saturday. The cost of the race is $520 per team and includes GST. The order in which teams race is determined by their age with the oldest racers going first.
Most Challenging Giant Slalom Race in the World!
Now in its 32nd exciting year, the Whistler Peak to Valley Race makes other giant slalom races look easy. While the average such race includes a vertical drop of some 250 metres and 35 gates, the Whistler Peak to Valley Race boasts a course that clocks in at more than 5 km long, includes 180 gates and a vertical drop of 1,443 metres.
Following tradition, the race will begin on the Whistler Saddle and wrap up at Dusty’s in the Creekside for apres. Post race on Saturday will feature gondola uploading from 6:45pm until 7:15 pm for an Awards Dinner Party scheduled at the Roundhouse Lodge.
The Race Route
While the race route for the Whistler Peak to Valley Race is subject to change for a number of reasons, currently it is scheduled to begin in the Glacier Bowl below the Saddle. The route will then take skiers under the Peak Chair and — keeping to the skiers left — it will run along the Reservoir.
This will put racers in position to ski down Old Man and Upper Franz. After crossing Highway 86, skiers will head to Lower Franz before hitting the Valley. Traditionally, the Whistler Peak to Valley Race has finished very close to Dusty’s.
Whistler Two-Day Race Camp
Are you ready to tackle the biggest and boldest giant slalom race in the world? Come attend this two-day ski camp, where you will train with past winners of the Whistler Peak to Valley Race like Kim and Ken Pederson, Tom Pro, Chris Kent, Ricky Brown and John Kindree.
Crammed with practical information you need to run your best race, you’ll learn tactics such as race course strategies and interpretation, gate training with a crucial timing factor as well as skill and drill. A video analysis is available each day.
At the end of the second day of camp, celebrate with apres and prize giveaways at Dusty’s. At only $319 for both days, you will be getting insider strategies that can only be obtained by those skiers who have successfully completed — and won — this challenging race.
Mandatory Team Meetings for Peak to Peak at Whistler
A team meeting is scheduled at Dusty’s on Thursday, February 18th and must be attended by at least one team representative. This meeting is also the last chance that teams will have for making changes to their team rosters. Race officials need this information so they can prepared a start list that is fair to everyone. Team members in attendance can sign waiver forms as well as pick up extras for team members who do not attend.
Every racer must wear a helmet as well as a bib during the race. Bibs may be picked up between 7:30am and 8:30am both Friday and Saturday at Dusty’s located at the Whistler Creek Base. This is also the last opportunity for skiers to sign the mandatory event waiver form.
Bibs must be handed over immediately after a skier has completed the race and before they leave the finish area. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of that particular skier — as well as their team. A more complete set of race rules can be found here.
The Whistler Peak to Valley Race 2016 promises to uphold tradition and offer thrilling skiing opportunities for participants as well as excitement for spectators. While the race does tend to sell out, there could be spots available. Check here to determine if there are any openings. You can also call guest relations at 1-800-766-0449 to inquire about spots available in this race.