Cross-country ski season has officially arrived after the return of the Coast Cup to Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) on Sunday (Dec. 2).
Approximately 139 skiers of all ages, sizes and skill levels took the trails, including a trio of Squamish youth who fared well in their first competitive race of the season.
Squamish resident Linnea Uunila pulled out a second-place showing in the Bantam Girls division with a time of six minutes, 5.8 seconds in the two-kilometre race. Uunila has also been busy in the pool in recent months, posting strong showings with the newly formed SwimFaster Squamish group.
Youngster Felix Perron had a good start to the season, with a third-place showing in the Pee Wee boys division. Perron posted a time of 6:00.03 and was the only Squamish Nordics member to take part in the first Coast Cup of the year.
Squamish’s Hunter Sones also participated in the event, placing sixth in the Juvenile boys division. Sones, racing with the Whistler Nordics club, completed the four km course in 9:48.3. The Squamish resident is best known for his skills in biathlon, having won three bronzes in the sport at the B.C. Winter Games in March and also winning the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence at the event.
The next big event at WOP will be the Biathlon B.C. Cup opening race on Jan. 18. The very next day (Jan. 19) will see the second Coast Cup race, also at WOP.
For complete results from the race, visit www.zone4.ca/results.asp?id=5154