Toonie Races

2019 Toonie Race Series

The Whistler Nordics host the Nordic Toonie Races on Thursday nights at Lost Lake in Whistler during January and February. Each night comprises a fun ‘race’ lit by headlamp then a social afterwards. The races are open to everyone, young and old, and of all abilities. While there are a few racers who like to compete there are many recreational skiers and families who are out for a fun night, to exercise, to get to know the local ski trails, and socialize with other skiers. Each race costs $2 (Toonie) and every participant must be a Whistler Nordics member. Please remember get your membership ahead of time. Sign up online

New this Year: Some wonderful Whistler Nordics Members have volunteered to supervise Whistler Nordics Youth Members who do not want to participate in the Toonies inside the Passiv Haus while their parents do the race. They will also be serving dinner for these children from about 5:30 onwards. Amazing!

2019 Toonie Race Dates:

1st Race Date: Jan. 10th, 2019
Sponsors: Whistler Brewing Company
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus, Course Map
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00

Après: Upstairs at the Passiv Haus

2nd Race Date: Jan. 17th, 2019  – Mandatory Classic Race*
Sponsors: Whistler Brewing Company, Cross Country Connection, Ryders Eyewear
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus, Course Map
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Upstairs at the Passiv Haus

*If you do not have classic skis Cross Country Connection will provide you will skis to borrow free of charge for this race.

 

3rd Race Date: Jan. 24th, 2019  
Sponsors: Whistler Brewing Co. and Portobello
Location & Course: Lost Lake, course map
Sign-in: 6:00pm
Race start: 6:30pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus

 

4th Race Date: Jan 31st, 2019
Sponsors: Whistler Brewery & Gnarly Roots
Location & Course: Lost Lake, course map
Sign-in: 6:00pm
Race start: 6:30pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Upstairs at the Passiv Haus

       

5th Race Date: Feb. 6th, 2019 WEDNESDAY
Sponsors: Whistler Sports Legacies & Whistler Cooks
Location & Course: Whistler Olympic Park

Sign In: 6:00                                                   
Race start: 6:30
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Biathlon Lodge

  

6th Race Date: February 14th, 2019 SPECIAL VALENTINES TOONIE
Sponsors: Whistler Brewery,  Dave Burch Personal Real Estate Corp. & Cross Country Connection
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Course Map
Race Type:  Team (couple) with dual ski. One person skate skis and the other classic skis. Cross Country Connection will provide classic skis for free for whomever needs them.

Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus, Special Romantic Apres with Cheese Fondue provided by Dave Burch Personal Real Estate Corporation.

 

7th Race Date: Feb 21st, 2018
Sponsors: Whistler Brewhouse & Whistler Half Marathon
Location & Course: Lost Lake
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus

8th Race* Date: Feb 28th, 2018
Sponsors: Whistler Brewery, Scandinave Spa, Gone Eatery, Moguls
Location & Course: Lost Lake
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus

Scandinave Spa: 9:30 – 11:30

*Must be a Whistler Nordics Member. No one-time “Try a Toonie” entrances

  

 

MANDATORY FOR ALL RACERS

  • Be a Whistler Nordics Ski Club member* (sign up online beforehand to take part)
  • Have a valid trail pass: $5 Thursdays
  • Wear a HEAD LAMP

the Whistler Nordics Ski Club page on Facebook for race information and sponsor updates!

2019 Race dates & Sponsors

January 10: Whistler Brewing

January 17: Whistler Brewing, Cross Country Connection

January 24: Whistler Brewing Portobello

January 31: Whistler Brewing, Gnarly Roots

February 6: Whistler Sport Legacies, Whistler Cooks

February 14: Whistler Brewing, Dave Burch Personal Real Estate Corp.

February 21: Whistler Brewhouse, Whistler Half Marathon

February 28: Whistler Brewing, Scandinave Spa, Moguls, Gone Eatery

Call for Sponsors/Volunteers

If you are involved with a local business and would be interested in sponsoring a race either with course marshals, après location/food/drinks or door prizes we would love to hear from you, please email admin@whistlernordics.com. These races are on a much smaller scale than the summer bike toonies (approximately 30 participants) so they are a perfect opportunity for small businesses to get involved with the local community and have some fun! Each week we need assistance in the form of course marshals and to help at registration, each volunteer is receives a draw prize ticket and a food and beverage ticket. Contact admin@whistlernordics.com to express interest.

Toonie Race Etiquette

  • If you want to race please self seed and position yourself near the front of the pack, this way you won’t be trying to pass lots of skiers.
  • Stay on the Trail: As Whistler Nordics members we do our best to take care of the trails that the operators maintain and groom.  That means that we always stay on the trail. Cutting corners and skiing off trail are not acceptable.
  • Passing: There is a diverse mix of abilities at the Toonie Races. If you are skiing along with people behind you, ask them if they want pass. Check regularly to see if there is anyone on your tail. If you notice someone behind you all of a sudden, let them pass you when it is safe to do so. Likewise, if you would like to pass the person in front of you, ask them politely if you can pass them. Make sure it is a safe place to pass, stay on the trail and thank them for letting you by.
  • Have fun!

The Toonie Races would not exist without the support of the sponsors who are local businesses. Each week is different; there may be food and/or beverages and/or draw prizes depending on the sponsor. Be sure to thank the sponsors, they appreciate your gratitude.

The Toonie on Jan 24 2013 was covered by SHAW TV, you can view the segment online on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijUSy-jbJDo or individually in HD at http://youtu.be/ageWi8MrlMI.