Speed skiers risk it all

 | February 25, 2010

For those of you lucky enough to be in or around Sun Peaks Resort March 4 to 7, 2010, the circus has come to town.

While most people associate clowns and tigers and big top tents with a circus, we’re talking about skin tight rubber suits, Darth Vader helmets and a whole lot of guts.

The 2010 Subaru Velocity Challenge and FIS World Cup of Speed Skiing is downright wild and crazy. Forty racers from nine countries will tackle the steep, rolling and icy Headwalls Speed Skiing Track as they accelerate from 0 to 170 km/h in less than eight seconds while trying to keep their skis on the ground and their bodies whole.

For those with grey matter intact that just want to watch, viewing is best from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m March 4 to 7 on the Headwalls at Sun Peaks Resort.

Foot passengers are welcome and a lift pass to view the event is only $8.