More than 220 skiers from across Canada and Alaska will test their skills at the Northwestel Westerns, which kick off at Mount McIntyre on Saturday.
The field includes four members of Canada’s Torino Olympic Team, along with eight other members of the Canadian National Cross Country Teams (both senior and junior).
Amanda Amar, Drew Goldsack, Chris Jeffries and Dan Roycroft all competed for Canada at Torino.
Along with their fellow national team athletes, these skiers are expected to form the core of the upcoming 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
And of course there is hometown favourite Graham Nishikawa, a member of the National Team who was named Yukon male athlete of the year in 2004.
“This is exciting skiing for the territory,” said chief of race Claude Chabot. “We have a superb trail system that we’ve been working on for the Canada Winter Games and we’re really looking forward to testing it out with the best athletes in the country.
“The snow is superb, the volunteers are ready and the city is waiting to show the athletes what northern hospitality is all about.”
The event is not just for elite skiers. Age groups include everyone from nine year olds up to masters.
The three race series includes an individual start classic race on Saturday, a heat sprint race on Sunday and a wave start free technique race on Tuesday.
Dale Hawerchuk and Bryan Trottier will join Dave (Tiger) Williams and other NHL Legendary Hockey Heroes for the Oldtimers Hockey Challenge this Monday at Takhini Arena.
The heroes will take on the Yukon Select Celebrities with a portion of the proceeds going to Sport Yukon.
The Phantom of the Opera’s Michael Burgess will join the heroes, and the Arctic Edge Skating Club will perform as well.
Things get underway at 7 p.m., and ticket holders are welcome to join a pre-game public skate with the heroes between 4 and 5 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Hougen Centre ticket office.
For more information, visit www.oldtimershockey.com or www.xentelevents.com
Snap On Tools 5
Kiwanis Club 4
Belgie Nunez Zunign scored three for the Tools, and Sabrina Clarke and Garet Heynen added singles. MVP was Jermie Linville.
Nicole Bendera had a pair for Kiwanis, and Ashley Weeks scored as well. Jenna Bianowsky was named top player.
ReMax top scorer Max Melvin-Mcnutt had the hat trick, while Jorden Lyndsay, Dawson Beavieu and Tristen Olnyk added singles.
MVP Kyra MacDonald, Thomas Pearson-Bouchard and Jamie Pope scored for CIBC.
Smart Choice Business Machines 5
Yukon Outfitters Association 5
Andrew Scoffin led Smart Choice with three goals. Liam Webster and Kyle Lowes added one each. Camilla Lopez was Smart Choice’s player of the game.
Scoring for YOA were Nicholas Dobush with a pair, and Aidan Uiterwaal, Chris Torgerson, and Ross McBee with singles. Braydan Lefler was named MVP.
Mic Mac Toyota 7
M&A Yukon Inc 1
Trenton Pumphrey had a pair for Toyota, as did Dominic Korn and Liam Mostyn. Alexander Hanson added a single. Lucy Miller was named MicMac’s MVP.
Mike Bennett was M&A’s only goal scorer, and took MVP honours as well.
Local YO17 5
Qualita Cleaners 4
Dylan Reed scored a pair for the Locals, while Linsey Eby and Riston Annau added singles. Qualita scored the last goal on themselves. MVP was Riston Annau.
Zachary Heynen and Justin Ford scored two each for Qualita Cleaners, and Samantha Wintemute was named top player.
Dandelion Dental 13
Pristine Autocare 5
Dandelion’s Josh Hanrath led the spanking with six goals, Katelyn Peterson scored three, Logan Potter notched a pair and Andrew Walchuk had a single.
Replying for Pristine were Kyle Levia, Matt Wolsynuk, Scott Longman, Travis O’Neill and Tony Nguyen.
Dandelion’s top player was Katelyn Peterson and MVP for Pristine was Matt Wolsynuk.
Yukon Electrical 8
Alcan Adjusters 2
MVP Alex Peepre scored four goals for Yukon Electrical, while Dillon Vickerman had two and Dominik Messer and Mac Potter added singles.
Daniel Staley replied with two goals for Alcan.
Rec league (Tuesday)
Kluane Drillers 7
Environmental Dynamics 0
Tyler Murray’s hat trick led the Drillers in a thrashing of Kluane. Andrew Zinck added a pair and Doug Roberts notched a goal and four assists. Rob Pitzel added one as well. Floyd McCormick recorded the shutout.
Sports North 4
Narrow Gauge 3
Linus Fraser, Glen Slonski, Dustin Slonski and Rob Hill scored for Sports North, and that was enough to put Narrow Gauge away.
Jon Preston, Allen Koehl and Logan Freese scored for Narrow Gauge.
Mount McIntyre ski report
Welcome to the national team skiers!
Our midwinter conditions continue, but we can look forward to some good spring skiing in April. Most trails have been groomed in the past week. World Cup 10K, Pierre Harvey trail, Selwyn’s, 5K, Olympic and connectors were groomed Wednesday. Copper Haul Road was groomed Tuesday.
Trails are excellent for classic or skating but very slow. Race courses for Saturday’s classic event are now set and signed. Lights are on Monday to Friday from dusk to 9 p.m. Trail lights will be turned off for the season as of March 21.
Wax of the day is Rode or Rex special green.
Please note that there will be restrictions for dogs during the Northwestel Western Canadian Championships from March 17 to 21. No dogs in the ski stadium or on trails leading from the Rec Centre.
Dog trail will be open throughout the competition but dogs must be on a leash from the alternate parking area to Lynx Trail.
Trail restrictions for recreational skiers are minimal. Please avoid using the race courses prior to and during the events. Skiers are welcome on the race courses at other times.
Wax Room is open normal hours and recreational skiers are welcome.
Subway 5K #4 will be held April 5 at 6 p.m.
The Buckwheat Ski Classic is March 25.
Visiting skiers who are registered in the races may ski without day passes. All other visitors are asked to check into the Ski Base at Mt. McIntyre for day passes.