Candy Cane Forest Free Ski and a big thanks to the trail setters!

Elves Needed for Candy Cane Forest Free Ski

Calling all elves! If you want to help transform the trail into a magical candy cane forest please contact Kerry at ykskiclubevents@gmail.comProposed set up time: Saturday, December 11 at 3:30.

Then join us for a full day of free skiing Sunday, December 12. Don’t miss out for a chance to ski with Santa from 1 – 3. Make sure to stop in the chalet for some tasty hot chocolate and snacks.      

Reminder that vaccination required for 12 & up to participate in events.

A big thanks to our trail setters!

Trail packing commenced this week. We need more snow to do more ambitious grooming and track setting.  Use caution as the snow base is thin, the trails are rough in places and there are numerous exposed and slightly covered rocks. Trails done on Wednesday were Snowflake, Old Tow Hill, Biathlon 0.8 trail, Biathlon stadium and XC stadium.  The trails crew plan to pack more trails on Friday night. Trail lights have been on since November 1.

Photo of Robert Tumchewics – veteran trail groomer and mechanic on the vintage Ski-Doo Alpine pulling a trail packer called the Poor Man’s Ginzu.

Waxing lessons, ski suits for sale, chix on stix, plus much more!

Well the ski season was slow to start this year with warmer weather and no snow, but that hasn’t slowed the YKSC with its line-up of events and programming. All just in time to enjoy this flurry of snow we’ve received over the last week – great to see so many people out enjoying the trails!!

To help keep the momentum going we are offering waxing lessons, selling stylish and custom ski suits, hosted our annual Chix on Stix event today and hosted a very successful Snow Show event last week. If you have missed out on any of our events, don’t fret we have lots fantastic stuff planned for this ski season, so tuned for more to come….

Intro to Grip Waxing – 1.5 hours

New to skiing? Need a seasonal waxing refresher? Want to improve your kick? Join us for an evening Intro to Grip Waxing session. Sign up on www.zone4.ca

Wax and supplies provided, just bring your skis. Feel free to bring your own wax. 
Remember: Grip wax isn’t needed for waxless skis. If you own fishscales or skins you are all set. Happy Trails! 

Please Note: following YKSC Covid protocols proof of vaccination required to enter the Chalet.  Sessions limited to 3 participants.

Warm-up and Race Suits Are Available
to Order Unit December 1st!

Don’t miss out, only days left to order your stylish Louis Garneau Custom Warm-up and Race Suits in both junior and senior sizing on zone4.

  

There are no sizes to try on unfortunately, but you can check out the catalogue here that includes sizing charts. We hope for orders to be here by the end of December, but there are no guarantees. 

Note: Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits do not require these suits to participate in programs. If suits are required for the other programs arrangements would be made with participants outside of this order and would be notified by their coaches.

Chix on Stix

Daughters, moms, girlfriends, grannies all had a blast this weekend dressing up in their Halloween costumes again! The event kicked off with a ski Zumba, hot chocolate and homemade goodies.  

A big thanks to Oyuka Bernabe for organizing the event and leading the Zumba dance party (top left photo) and to Canadian Tire for generously donating lots of door prizes!

         
         

The final Snow Show Numbers Are In!

The YKSC would like to thank the volunteers, organizers, last but not least, the skiers that came out to support the annual Ski Show! 

The final numbers are in and we are happy to announce we raised approximately $3,800 for the club in total. $1,500 from ski waxing, $1,150 from bake sale, $800 from ski swap, and $370 from 50/50. 

Here are some moments captured from the event:

 
Our team ready to receive skis for ski swap. Left to Right: Kerry Wheler, Oliver Hodgins, Jess Dunkin, John Stephenson, David Gilday

 
Ski Swap Rhiana Bams and Oliver Hodgins


Ski Swap – Chris Hotson, David Gilday, Pam Dunbar, Damian Panayi

   
Line up for ski swap

              
Kerry Wheler with info sign

        
Landon Kowalzik checking proof of vaccine for Julie Ward and Doug Townson

 
Welcome team – Graham Arts, Shirley Zouboules and Ritch Klakowich

     
Skiing Family – 3 generations. In front of Ella Wray, from left to right are Barrow Wray, Lani Scott, Essex Wray, Cleo Scott holding Atlas Scott, Rielle Scott & Karin Stinson. The two youngest are first time on skis!  

Well that wraps up this week’s YKSC news, here are some handy dates to keep in mind….

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Candy Cane Forest Ski – Free Ski
  • Sunday, January 16, 2022 – World Snow Day – Free Ski
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022 – “Boys on Boards” all ages Costume Ski
  • Sunday, February 13, 2022 – NWT Ski Day – Free Ski
  • Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13, 2022 – YK Ski Races
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Yellowknife Gold Loppet
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Nordic Cross
  • The popular SKIGO BINGO is back on!
    • Beginning of season to January 10 – SKIGO BINGO #1
    • January 11 to  April 11 – SKIGO BINGO #2

Happy Trails!
Ashley Janes
Volunteer Communications Director

Snow Show and Warm-up/Race Suits for Sale!

Snow Show Reminders….

– Proof of vaccination is required for everyone attending or volunteering (aged 12 and older)
– Wear a mask
– Bring cash for bake sale
– Ski waxing service from our HP crew $25/pair or punch card for 5 sets for $100
– Cheque, e-transfer or cash for gear sale
– All attendees are entered into a draw for a free annual membership

Warm-up and Race Suits Are Available
to Order This Weekend!

Just in time for your Christmas shopping – purchase on zone4 this weekend the stylish Louis Garneau Custom Warm-up and Race Suits in both Junior and Senior Sizing!!

Don’t miss out and make sure to place your order by December 1st. We hope that orders will be in by the end of December, but there is no guarantee – although we are certain people would be happy with an IOU Louis Garneau suit under the tree 😉

There are no sizes to try on unfortunately, but you can check out the catalogue here that includes sizing charts as well. 

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Scott at heather_e_k_scott@hotmail.com

Note: Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits do not require these suits to participate in programs. If suits are required for the other programs arrangements would be made with participants outside of this order and would be notified by their coaches.

Adult ski lessons, thanks to volunteers, toques and more!

Adult Ski Lessons 

The Yellowknife Ski Club is pleased to announce our first round of adult ski lessons.  These classic ski lessons are designed for people new to skiing, those looking for a refresher, or to improve their technique and gain confidence on snow.  The posting is now up on Zone4.ca.  Questions?  Email Bernadette at ykskiclubprograms@gmail.com or join us Saturday, November 20th for our Annual Snow Show.

1) Introduction to Cross Country Skiing
Dates: December 5, 11, 12, 19
Time: 1-3 pm
This course is for adults who are relatively new to skiing.  The course will cover fundamental techniques that will quickly improve your comfort on skis and your skiing ability.  The course will take place from 1-3pm over three Sundays and one Saturday in December.  Participants must have (or rent) skis

The class will meet at the Yellowknife Ski Club chalet.

Cost is $80, plus $40 in trail fees for non-members.  (But if you are renting skis from Overlander, trail fees are waived for the duration of the rental.)

Additional information:
Please arrive early, dressed warm, with skis waxed.  Access to the chalet remains limited by our COVID exposure plan.  (That is, the chalet is used for storing equipment, bathroom use, warming up, but not for socializing.  Guests are required to wear masks, follow the signage and NOT enter the chalet if self-isolating for any reason.)  

2) Introduction to Cross Country Skiing
Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2022
Time: 1-3 pm
This course is for adults who are relatively new to skiing.  The course will cover fundamental techniques that will quickly improve your comfort on skis and your skiing ability.  The course will take place from 1-3 pm over four Sundays in January.  Participants must have (or rent) skis

The class will meet at the Yellowknife Ski Club chalet.

Cost is $80, plus $40 in trail fees for non-members.  (But if you are renting skis from Overlander, trail fees are waived for the duration of the rental.)

Additional information:
Please arrive early, dressed warm, with skis waxed.  Access to the chalet remains limited by our COVID exposure plan.  (That is, the chalet is used for storing equipment, bathroom use, warming up, but not for socializing.  Guests are required to wear masks, follow the signage and NOT enter the chalet if self-isolating for any reason.)  

3) Intermediate Classic Skills
This course is for adults who are looking to improve their fundamental classic skiing skills. Participants should be comfortable on cross-country skis but can be relatively new to skiing.  This course will focus on improving fundamental skills, which will result in increased efficiency and enjoyment of skiing.  Participants must have (or rent) skis

Dates: December 27 and 28, 2021
Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Ski Club Chalet
Cost: $50

Busy Beavers Getting
Banting Lake Tent Ready!

Volunteers make all the difference, and this hard working group spent last weekend cutting 2 cords of wood for the banting wall tent. A big thanks to Tom Girrior and his two helpers: Jenny Tjchen and Niels Weiss. 

   

In case you didn’t know: The Yellowknife Ski Club has a 16×14 canvas tent available for use by club members free of charge. The tent is on a lease about 10 km from the Vee Lake Landing and has a plywood floor, wood stove and basic equipment for overnight backcountry experiences. To learn more check out our website.

YK Ski Club Uniforms, Toques
and Headbands 

The club will be ordering warm up suits and racing suits again this year from Louis Garneau Sports. These suits come in youth and adult sizes, and all skiers are invited to buy one if they are interested.

And new this year, the club will also be ordering toques and headbands from Sauce. We will be getting the Chill Toques and the Insulator Headbands with the YK Ski Club logo and colours.

Stay tuned for more information on how to order and pricing in the coming weeks.

Early bird registration still open….

Early bird registration is still open until November 21, sign-up now on zone4.

Handy dates to keep in mind…

Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Snow Show 
Sunday, November 28, 2021 – “Chix on Stix” all ages Costume Ski
Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Candy Cane Forest Ski – Free Ski
Sunday, January 16, 2022 – World Snow Day – Free Ski
Sunday, January 30, 2022 – “Boys on Boards” all ages Costume Ski
Sunday, February 13, 2022 – NWT Ski Day – Free Ski
Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13, 2022 – YK Ski Races
Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Yellowknife Gold Loppet
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Nordic Cross

SKIGO BINGO is back on!
Beginning of season to January 10 – SKIGO BINGO #1
January 11 to  April 11 – SKIGO BINGO #2

Farewell Coach Durkee and Snow Show Event Nov. 20th

Farewell Coach Durkee, you will be missed!

We wish Kevin Durkee the very best as he departs Yellowknife for new opportunities in Sechelt, BC. 

Kevin has been the leader of our high performance program in recent years with skiers benefitting from his creativity, positivity, deep knowledge of nordic racing and endless enthusiasm! 
 
After another full summer of dedicating his time toward coordinating and leading team practices and training camps, Kevin’s last team practice was on October 30th where “Coach Durkee” trivia was enjoyed. Skiers got to find out the answers to such things as Kevin’s favourite food (cinnamon buns), favourite ski technique (one skating around a corner) and longest skier ever (110km!)
 
Thanks Kevin, you will be missed!  


Left to Right: Neve Mahon, Leah McShane, Anna Curran, Skyra Pike, Kira Young, Joe Curran, Nikolas Whitford, Gillian Furniss, Adam Clinton, Kiran Ray, Malachi Morin, Mike Argue…with Kevin hiding in the back!

The event will be held at the Ski Club Chalet and lots to look forward to:
– Information booths about programs: Jackrabbits, Track Attack,
Biathlon, Ski Parents, ski events, coaching, volunteer opportunities,
banting wall tent, grooming, Kidsport and Jumpstart funding;
– Ski Waxing: $25/pair (supports our high performance ski team)
– 50/50 draw; and
– Outdoors: SKi Swap, hot drinks and baked sale by the fire.

SKI SWAP – bring your ski gear to the club from 7-9PM on Friday, November 19. The ski club keeps 10% as a fundraiser and the rest goes in your pocket. Have your asking price in mind when you drop off your items.

Early Bird Extension

Early Bird Registration has been extended until November 21st. Take advantage of lower prices and sign-up today on zone4.

Proof of Vaccination Against COVID-19

We know some of you have been waiting for an update on Yellowknife Ski Club’s policy regarding proof of vaccination. The Board passed a motion last night after weeks of reviewing other organizations’ policies and hours of deliberation on the matter. The following motion was put forward last night and approved:

The Yellowknife Ski Club Board will develop a proof of vaccination policy. This proof of vaccination policy will require that anyone who is age 12 and up who is eligible for vaccination be fully vaccinated to:
• enter indoor facilities,
• enroll or participate in programs, and
• register or participate in races or events.
This policy shall come into effect on November 19, 2021.

Policy to support this motion is forthcoming, once the final version is approved by the Board it will be made available to our members and the public at large.

*Note: the policy does not include general membership to the club; proof of vaccination is not required to join the club for use of trails.

Proof of Vaccination

We know some of you have been waiting for an update on Yellowknife Ski Club’s policy regarding proof of vaccination. The Board passed a motion last night after weeks of reviewing other organizations’ policies and hours of deliberation on the matter. The following motion was put forward last night and approved:

The Yellowknife Ski Club Board will develop a proof of vaccination policy. This proof of vaccination policy will require that anyone who is age 12 and up who is eligible for vaccination be fully vaccinated to:
• enter indoor facilities,
• enroll or participate in programs, and
• register or participate in races or events.
This policy shall come into effect on November 19, 2021.

Policy to support this motion is forthcoming, once the final version is approved by the Board it will be made available to our members and the public at large

Snow Show Update And Volunteer Coaches Needed

Snow Show is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 20 from 10AM-12PM! Make sure to bring cash and wear your mask for this popular event. 

The event will be held in the chalet and lots to look forward to:

  • Information booths about programs: Jackrabbits, Track Attack, Biathlon, Ski Parents, ski events, coaching, volunteer opportunities, banting wall tent, grooming, Kidsport and Jumpstart funding;
  • Ski Waxing: $25/pair (supports our high performance ski team)
  • 50/50 draw; and
  • Outdoors: SKi Swap, hot drinks and baked sale by the fire.

SKI SWAP – bring your ski gear to the club from 7-9PM on Friday, November 19.  The ski club keeps 10% as a fundraiser and the rest goes in your pocket.  Have your asking price in mind when you drop off your items.

Looking for Volunteer Coaches

No experience in coaching, no problem! We will be holding a community coaching course for new coaches in the weeks to come.  We’re looking for coaches for all ages (children 4-13). 

Those interested can contact :

Mark your Calendars – This Season’s Line-up of Events!

Proposed Ski Club Events – 2021/22 Season:

  • Saturday, November 20, 2021 – Snow Show 
  • Sunday, November 28, 2021 – “Chix on Stix” all ages Costume Ski
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 – Candy Cane Forest Ski – Free Ski
  • Sunday, January 16, 2022 – World Snow Day – Free Ski
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022 – “Boys on Boards” all ages Costume Ski
  • Sunday, February 13, 2022 – NWT Ski Day – Free Ski
  • Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13, 2022 – YK Ski Races
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Yellowknife Gold Loppet
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Nordic Cross

The popular SKIGO BINGO is back on!

  • Beginning of season to January 10 – SKIGO BINGO #1
  • January 11 to  April 11 – SKIGO BINGO #2

Early Bird Registration Until November 14

Save some money to buy more ski gear by signing up by November 14 on zone4.  

Trail Crew Hard at Work

When most people are not thinking of skiing we have a crew working all summer on the trails. The attached photo is from some of this summers trail crew, led by Brian Latham. Brian was awarded the Wooden Ski Volunteer award a couple of years back for his long-term involvement and volunteering with the club.

The chips went to the rock garden at the top of Sah Cho Hill.


Left to right: The chipper, Ritch Klakowich, Dave Speakman, and Brian Latham. (photo by R. Tumchewics)

Stay Tuned…

New public health orders – we are currently working on plans on how to operate our facilities and programs. 

Adult ski lesson coming soon on Zone 4

Registration is finally open! Bring on the snow!!

Registration is now open for the 2021/2022 ski season! Early bird fees apply until November 14, 2021. Register at zone4 today!

  • Family – $320 ($300 Early Bird)
  • Individual Adult – $140 ($120 Early Bird)
  • Individual Youth (5 – 18) – $60
  • Individual Child (<5) – $20
  • Special pricing for JKFN

Families who need some extra help to cover program fees and equipment are invited to choose the option to apply for a Kidsport grant, which we can then help you with. Kidsport NWT will provide families up to $300 per child to cover program and equipment costs.

In addition to this, there is the Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program, which offers up to $300 per child two times a year. 

Trail Brushers Needed

Time to clean up before snowfall. If you indicated on your membership that you’d be interested, you’ll hear from us shortly. If you didn’t, you can still volunteer! Contact trails director Chris Hotson at christopherhotson@yahoo.ca. We provide the equipment and training and can schedule you for weekdays or weekends.  

Community Support Appreciated – Chalet is No Longer an Isolation Centre

The board would like to thank the membership for supporting the decision to turn the Chalet into a temporary shelter from September 13th – October 4th. This was for people who were required to isolate and need some extra support. The Chalet is open again to members, except for weekdays from October 12th – November 23, as it has been booked by the GNWT Corrections Officers for essential services training. 

Contract work was done by RTL on October 6 to do some gravel landscaping around the Chalet and fill in a low area at the entry to the Stadium. Kavanaugh removed the temporary shower trailer and porta potties. 

Be COVID-19 Safe

Public health rules are continuously being updated so please check the website for updates on limitations on the number of people that can be indoors or outdoor gatherings: October 8th – 17th temporary limits are10 inside and 25 outside. Public health rules around Covid-19: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/current-public-health-orders 
Don’t forget to wear a mask if you are in the Chalet! For more information please check out our 4-page Covid-19 Exposure Plan: http://skiyellowknife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Yellowknife-Ski-Club-COVID-19-Exposure-Control-Plan_Oct-26_ReviewedByWSCC.pdf 

Welcome 2021/2022 Board Of Directors

It won’t be easy, or even possible, to fill the shoes of Sara Minogue as the former communication director, but I will do my best! I am very excited be appointed into this position last week, having been a ski club member since moving to Yellowknife 6 years ago. As a member I have enjoyed participating in events like the Frostbite 50, Ski Loppet and volunteering for the Club as a True North Rotary of Yellowknife member. Please take a moment to check out who is on the Board this year, give them a friendly hello the next time you see them: http://skiyellowknife.com/about-us/governanc/   

Chalet to be used as temporary isolation centre

Some unusual news to report today. 

Starting Wednesday and until Oct. 4, the Yellowknife Ski Club chalet will serve as a temporary isolation centre for people who are required to isolate, and who need some extra supports to do so.  

The chalet will be closed to all members during that time. Visitors to the trails will notice new, temporary red fencing that surrounds the front of the chalet (facing the stadium). As those isolating are required to stay within the building, this fence serves to demarcate where they can be outdoors. The fences area includes the upper deck and a bit of legroom approaching the stadium fence. 

The trails remain accessible to all members, either through the fence near the grooming shed or via the biathlon range. 


No programming will be affected. Dryland training for High Performance skiers, and for Track Attack skiers, who were scheduled to begin the season on Saturday, will carry on outdoors for now. Programming for our younger skiers typically begins in late November. 

Two blue Porta Potties will be installed outside the chalet, near the Jonas Konge garage, strictly for member use while the chalet is unavailable. 

Why’d we do this? 

On Friday, Sept. 10, the Yellowknife Ski Club was approached by the NWT government’s emergency management office about renting the chalet for this purpose. The board held an emergency meeting Friday night and agreed unanimously to support this request. 

The feeling was that the GNWT has lent its support to our club for years, and here was an opportunity to do the same in return, at a time when the chalet is typically underutilized. As a club, we value the health and well-being of our community and are pleased to share what we have to help enhance that. 

Board member John Stephenson has since worked with several GNWT staff to draft an enhanced rental contract and establish some ground rules that the board feels will protect our club, our members and our chalet. 

These include, on our part: closing up the kitchen and the small room with all the tables/chairs; removing programming equipment to an outdoor shed so it remains accessible; temporarily stowing the photographs on the walls upstairs; and changing the door code so that nobody unwittingly enters the chalet. 

On the GNWT’s behalf, this includes: hiring someone to clean every other day during the rental; containing those in isolation to the chalet’s upstairs; installing an outdoor, self-contained portable unit that contains showers (and thus won’t overtax our water supply); committing to take care of any damage incurred; and adding signage outside the chalet to alert visitors to the situation. 

The board would like to thank the membership for its support in this endeavour. 

Any questions to the ski club can be directed to: ykskiclubcommunications@gmail.com

Questions for the GNWT should go to: Jay Boast at jay_boast@gov.nt.ca