Toonie Races

2018 Toonie Race Series

The Whistler Nordics host the Nordic Toonie Races on Thursday nights at Lost Lake in Whistler during the winter ski season. 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, if you’d like to ‘try before you buy’ we offer a one-off ‘Try a Toonie’ for $5 for non-members (not available for the last race of the season). Sign up online as a member to save time at registration.

2018 Toonie Race Dates:

1st Race Date: Jan. 11th, 2018 
Sponsors: Whistler Brewing Company
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus,Lost Lake Jan.11 and 18 Toonie 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. 18th, 2018  
Sponsors: Whistler Brewing Company, Avalanche Pizza
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus, Lost Lake Jan.11 and 18 Toonie Map
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Upstairs at the Passiv Haus

 

 

3rd Race Date: Jan. 25th, 2018  
Sponsors: Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery, Dave Burch, Personal Real Estate Corp.
Location & Course: Nicklaus North Golf Course
Sign-in: 6:00pm Nicklaus North Club House Lobby
Race start: 6:30pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery

      

 

4th Race Date: Feb. 1st, 2018   -MANDATORY CLASSIC SKI RACE*
Sponsors: Cross Country Connection, Whistler Brewing Company, Whistler Chocolate, Ryders Eyewear
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus
Sign-in: 6:00pm
Race start: 6:30pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Upstairs at the Passiv Haus

*Complementary Classic Ski Rentals from Cross Country Connections

         

 

 

5th Race Date: Wednesday Feb. 7th Special Toonie at Whistler Olympic Park 
Sponsors: Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler Cooks
Location & Course: WOP
Race Type: Team Relay (bring your friend or family member to team up with or we will team you up with another participant)                                                                                                                                                           Sign-in: 6:30 pm
Race start: 7:00 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Biathlon Building

   

 

6th Race Date: Feb. 15th, 2018
Sponsors:  Brewhouse, Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery, Whistler Chocolate, Maribeth Registered Massage
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus, course map
Race Type: Dual Ski Race -1 lap on classic and 2nd lap on skate skis. There will be 2 categories: i) Solo Ski – both type or ii) Team – one skate and one classic. Cross country Connection will provide classic skis for participants   Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus 

                  

 

7th Race Date: Feb. 22nd, 2018 Season Finale at the Scandinave Spa*
Sponsors:  Whistler Chocolate, Scandinave Spa, Maribeth Registered Massage, Sports Stop Source for Sports, Moguls Coffee House, Gone Eatery, Ryders Eyewear, CSM Whistler
Location & Course: Lost Lake, Passiv Haus
Sign-in: 6:00 pm
Race start: 6:30 pm
Race fee: $2.00
Après: Passiv Haus and Scandinave Spa to follow

*To partake in this event one must be a Whistler Nordics member – no one timers permitted

 

 

   

 

        

 

 

 

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

*If you’d like to ‘try before you buy’ we offer a one-off ‘Try a Toonie’ for $5 for non-members (not available for the last race of the season).

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

2018 Race dates & Sponsors

January 11: Whistler Brewing

January 18: Whistler Brewing, Avalanche Pizza

January 25:  Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery,  Dave Burch, Personal Real Estate Corp

Check out these great deals at Table Nineteen: Happy Hour ,Weekly Features

February 1: Ryders Eyewear, Whistler Brewing, Cross Country Connection, Whistler Chocolate

February 7: Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler Cooks

February 15: Brewhouse, Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery

Maribeth Registered Massage Therapy  Whistler Chocolate

February 22: Moguls Coffee House, Gone Eatery, CSM Whistler, Ryders Eyewear, Whistler Chocolate, Maribeth Registered Massage Therapy,  Sports Stop Source for Sports 

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.