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Registration is now open for our premier recreational skiing event on April 8!
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.
When is it?
Sunday April 8, 2018. Start between 10:00 – 11:30 am, Trail closes at 3:00.
Where is it?
The start line is on the ice at the end of Vee Lake Road, a 20-minute drive from downtown Yellowknife. Download the Loppet Trailmap here.
How do I register?
Register before midnight on Friday April 6 on Zone4.ca. Registration fees are $30 for adults, $20 for Juniors (6 – 17), free for kids under six and $5 for dogs.
How can I help?
The loppet depends on volunteers. If you would like to be part of this event without the skiing part, please email Cheryl Mandeville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please register all your family members, including infants in pulks and packs.
- Sign-in and bib pickup will be at Overlander Sports between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday April 7.
- You must begin your ski between 10:00 and 11:30 am. We will not be able to track any skiers starting after 11:30.
- If you are skiing with a dog, we ask you to start at 11:30. Please note that we must limit dogs to one per skier, on a leash while in the start area, and no skijoring!
- If you wish to ski the 25 km route, you must arrive at Jackson check point (7 km mark) by 12:30 pm. All skiers arriving at Jackson after 12:30 will be diverted to the 15 km route.
- For safety reasons, you must stop at all check points, including the Start and Finish, to make sure your name and bib number are marked off the safety list. If check point volunteers do not mark your bib number off the list, we may send search and rescue out looking for you!
- You must check in at each check point before it closes. Please consider this before you decide whether to register for the 4 km, 15 km, or 25 km route. Banting Check Point will close at 2:00. Jackson Check Point will close at 1:30 pm. The Finish Line will close at 3:00.
- The tent at Vee Lake will be taken down at 4:00 pm.
- Free apres-ski lunch will be served at the Chalet from 1 to 5 pm. There will be limited drinks and snacks only at Vee Lake.
Sounds amazing. So who is making this happen?
The Yellowknife Gold Loppet is of course organized by the amazing volunteers of the Yellowknife Ski Club. A big shout out to our headline sponsor, TerraX Minerals Inc.
Saturday Classic (Peewee to Masters) Results
Sunday Free Technique Results
Cherie Jarock – Volunteer Coordinator and Cookie medal maker (yes, she made all of those delicious cookies!)
Damian Panayi – Timing Coordinator
John Stephenson – Chief of Course
Tania Hercun – Stadium Coordinator
Ozgur Oner – Kitchen Coordinator
Feb. 10-18, we’re offering early bird membership rates in honour of our four northern athletes competing in Pyeongchang. Save $20 on family ($280 instead of $260) and adult ($100 instead of $120) membership fees. Find the discount on Zone4.
Race weekend is Feb. 24/25, with classic races Saturday and free technique Sunday.
Everyone is welcome and registration is now open on Zone4. There will be cookie medals for all participants!
This will also be a fun event for spectators. Complimentary light refreshments and hot chocolate will be served in the chalet Saturday, as well as marshmallows for the fire. Specialty coffee will also be sold courtesy of Coffeelicious from 12:30 to 3:30.
On Sunday, One of a Thai will serve up a Sunday lunch ($14-$16 a plate). from 11:30 to 3. Complimentary fruit, cookies and hot chocolate will also be on offer in the chalet.
In case of cold weather cancellations (cutoff is -20 C for midget and older; -15 C for Bantam and younger), ski trails are still open and food is still on.
Full details here: 2018 YK Ski Race Notice
The 50th anniversary Top of the World Loppet will take place in Inuvik April 7-8. (It’s true that this is the same weekend as our Yellowknife loppet, but if you want to make this big journey you are hereby absolved of guilt and encouraged to do so.)
April 7 will be free technique, with 100 m, 300 metre, 1.3 km, 5 km and 15 km distances, followed by a catered feast, awards and family dance. Sunday will feature classic technique on the same distances. Ski rentals are available and volunteers are needed.
And keep your eyes peeled for airfare/accommodation packages.
Registration has been extended for our next set of adult beginner ski lessons.
- Beginner – Wednesdays, Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 7-9 pm with Rob Matthews. $80, plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members.
- Beginner classic/skate – Thursdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, March 1, 7-9 pm with Kevin Durkee. $80, plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members.
- Beginner – Sundays, Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 1:30-3:30 with Rob Matthews. $80, plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members.
Sign up on Zone4.
We’ve added four more Sunday lunches to our events calendar. These are a great way to enjoy the trails, the newly renovated chalet (there’s a nice toddler play area downstairs) and the company of our wonderful members!
Jan. 28 – Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-2 featuring Coffeelicious
Feb. 4 – Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-2 featuring One of a Thai
Feb. 18 – Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-2 featuring Flavour Trader
Feb 25 — Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-3 featuring One of a Thai
Cash only, please!
As the Yellowknife Ski Club prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, it’s worth going back to this excellent profile of the club’s beginnings by Jenny Whitaker in the Dec. 2012 issue of Edge Yk.
“The Yellowknife Ski Club blazes the trail for how to run a super volunteer organization that just keeps on growing,” it begins.
Read the full article on Edge YK: Up, Up and Away
Sunday, Jan. 21 is World Snow Day. As usual, that means a big celebration at the YK Ski Club. This year we’re also marking our 50th anniversary. That’s five decades of skiing in Yellowknife!
The chalet will be open to the public from 10 to 5. Free pancakes will be served from 10 to 2 with hot drinks continuing into the afternoon.
And get this: we’ll be offering free ski and snowshoe rentals (courtesy of Overlander Sports) from 10 to 4 as well as free mini lessons.
We’ll need a few volunteers to help make this happen. If you can pitch in, please sign up here or contact email@example.com.
This is a great chance to meet some fun folks, or introduce some you already know to the wonderful world of skiing!
Due to popular demand, we’ve introduced a new series of beginner adult ski lessons, starting Saturday, Jan. 6 — just in time for those New Year’s resolutions!
Sign up on Zone4.ca.
Four series/times are available.
- Saturdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, 1:30-3:30 pm with Karen Johnson, $80.
- Sundays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30-3:30 pm with Rob Matthews, $80.
- Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-9 pm with Rob Matthews, $80.
- Tues. Jan 9, Thurs. Jan 11, Tues. Jan 23, Thurs. Jan 25, 7-9 pm with Kevin Durkee, $80.
Non-members must also pay a trail use fee for 4 days, $40.
And big thanks to Steve Reitsma, our programs director, for organizing this!