Loppet thanks!

The Yellowknife Ski Club would like to send out a heart-felt thank you to all who helped out with the Yellowknife Gold Loppet. It was a great day in the sun, and we are already looking forward to next year! Here are a few of the key volunteers and sponsors who helped make it happen.

  • TerraX Minerals, our new headline sponsor.
  • Weatherby Trucking Ltd. for finding time to clear some parking space on a very busy day.
  • The 3 a.m. groomers; Rob Tumchewics, Bruce Look, David Speakman and Steven Reitsma.
  • The chili servers from the True North Rotary Club.
  • Overlander Sports for event sign-in space.
  • Advertising and communication support from Kerry Wheler and Lisa Scott.
  • Safety riders Dave Taylor and Tom Girroir.
  • Vee Lake support from Tom Ashley.
  • Bib checks from Chris Rose, Alyssa Holland and Tamika Mulders.
  • Event planning support from Chris Joseph and John Stephenson.
  • Photography by Steve Schwartz.
  • Design support from Don Van Vliet.
  • Clean up help from Catherine Pigott and Lily-Ann Kodzin.
  • Chili from Ashley Deavu and the Kalemi Dene School.
  • Sign-in help from Mindy Willett and Pam Dunbar.
  • Checkpoint managers Leon Brady, Shawne Kokelj, Christine Scott, Cheryl Mandeville and Sarah Beattie.
  • Inventory by Anna Tumchewics.
  • Chalet host Sandra Mann.
  • Kathi Woodward and Linda Whitford for the home-baked cookies and energy bars.

And to our amazing event organizer Damian Panayi for another great Loppet! 


Yellowknife Gold Loppet

What is a loppet?
A loppet is a fun and sociable long-distance cross-country skiing event for all ages and abilities. The term “Loppet” originated in Scandinavia from great events such as the Mora Vasaloppet in Sweden. The Yellownife loppet includes 4 km, 15 km, and 25 km groomed tracks through the wilderness with check points, drinks and cookies along the way and a bowl of hot chili at after your ski. Continue reading

Yellowknife Ski Races

The Yellowknife Ski Races are an annual event to meet skiers from other clubs, gain race experience, and have a good time. This is a family event, with categories for all ages. Anyone is eligible to enter (you don’t even have to be club member), or just drop by to watch and make some noise. Races held February 25 and 26, and come out for Coffeelicious’s specialty coffee in the chalet on Saturday 12:30-3:30 for a ski club subsidized $3. Continue reading

NWT Ski Day

Celebrate NWT Ski Day Sunday, February 12 at the Yellowknife Ski Club. Thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program, the ski club is offering free trails access all day Sunday and invites members and non-members to join us on the ski trails. We’ll have heart smart snacks and self-serve refreshments in the chalet starting at 10 a.m.

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Instructor Course

The Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) is offering a Level 1 Certification course in Yellowknife December 16-18 at the Yellowknife Ski Club. This Friday through Sunday course introduces you to the fundamentals of cross-country skiing. Improve your demonstration skills and learn how to introduce people to the sport. Continue reading

Men’s Night

Interested in a weekly night of skiing and socializing? A men’s skiing group will be running this year on Thursdays, both at the Yellowknife Ski Club and on trails throughout town and on the lake. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information, contact Alex Lothian at alothian02@yahoo.ca and he’ll add you to the weekly email list. Everyone is welcome to come out of this fun weekly social ski.

Bring A Dish

Potlucks will be the second Sunday of every month throughout the ski season. The first one will be held December 11 – come enjoy a festive gathering!  Bring food to share in the chalet at 5:30. Carols will be sung starting around 6:30. Feel free to ski before or after! Potluck Sundays are open to all members and their guests.

Be Safe

The GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) has informed the Yellowknife Ski Club of a recent rise in sightings of wolves and coyotes at the club. They are patrolling the area, but ask that people remain vigilant.

If you are out on the trails, we advise you remain alert to your surroundings and do not travel alone. If you have any questions, or if you see a wolf or coyote, please call the wildlife emergency phone at 873-7181. 

The Season Has Started!

It’s been a mild start to the ski season this year, but ski trails are open and programs are starting to run! If you have registered for a program, you will receive information in your email from the volunteer program co-ordinator. Our hardworking trails crew have been out packing the snow and building up the snow cover, which is important to prepare the trails for grooming all winter, but trails are currently not groomed. We recommend not using your good skis until the trails have more snow cover on them and skiing with care due to variable conditions.