Sunday ski lessons

We’ve changed the schedule for our Sunday $5 drop-in ski lessons. 

Lessons for both intermediate and beginner skiers will take place from 1:30 to 3:30. Lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for both members and non-members. (Trail use Dec. 9 is FREE to non-members thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program.) 

Everyone is encouraged to stick around for a potluck dinner at the chalet starting at 5:30 and followed by Christmas carols.

No registration for Dec. 9 is required but feel free to let our programs director, Steve Reitsma, know you are interested:

Team NT named for Canada Winter Games

NWT Ski has named Team NT for the 2019 Canada Winter Games taking place in Red Deer, Alberta this February.

They are: Nicolas Bennett, Jack Panayi, Ella Kokelj, Clair Littlefair, Jack Kotaska, Kea Furniss, Ruby Piggot, Rae Panayi and Donny Boake (but not Spencer Littlefair or Makoa Kokelj, as previously, and incorrectly, reported).

Every one of these skiers was nurtured at our very own Yellowknife Ski Club. Thanks everyone for supporting them!

The trails are groomed!

All trails are now groomed at the ski club and tracks are set where there’s enough snow. 

From our events director Kerry Wheler, who skate-skied every trail this week: “Trails are in good shape for both skate and classic (though I didn’t pay attention to exactly where tracks were set). Watch out for bumpy spots on downhills, such as the bottom of the ravine and Zoom. There’s also an overflow icy patch at the bottom of Gooseback Slide on the 2.5 km blue trail.”

Trails director Chris Hotson adds that grooming was done on the outer loops Thursday and inner loops will be done today. “Everything is skiable but there are a few spots where you need to watch for rocks and overflow.”

Grooming workshop Jan. 12

UPDATE: This event has been moved from Dec. 16 to Jan. 12.

For anyone interested in joining our trail grooming crew, consider attending our introductory grooming workshop on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the chalet.

The workshop starts at 9 am and runs to 3 pm. We’ll be indoors (talking theory and safety) in the morning and outdoors with the equipment (and some of our grizzled veterans) in the afternoon. Lunch is provided. 

Our all-volunteer team of groomers currently groom the trails three nights a week, with three separate teams on each evening. We’re aiming to increase the pool of volunteers and start developing new crew members. 

To register or learn more, contact Trails Director Chris Hotson at or 445-3396.

New president en route!

Heather Scott (pictured here with skiing family) has kindly stepped forward to take on the role of president and, barring unforeseen scandal, will be officially appointed by the board at our next meeting, Monday Dec. 3. 

Heather has been involved with the ski club for several years as a coach and all-around volunteer and has two children taking part in Jackrabbits and Track Attack, respectively. In her 15 years in Yellowknife Heather has served on several boards, including the Multisport Club, and is past chair of the YK Playschool and the Northern Territories Water and Waste Association. 

The board meets the first Tuesday (or occasionally Monday) of each month at 7 pm at the chalet. All are welcome. Find past meeting minutes here

Adult ski lessons

Registration is now open on for two series of adult ski lessons in January. 

  • Frostbitten Night Owl – Intermediate Ski Lessons, 7 – 9 pm, Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30;
  • Beginner/Intermediate Lessons – 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sundays, January 6, 13, 20, 27  

Lessons are $80 per set of 4, plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members. (If you have any difficulty registering, contact and we’ll sort you out.)

We’re also planning an afternoon of $5 drop-in lessons on Sunday, Dec. 9 starting at 1:30, for both members and non-members. (Trail use Dec. 9 is FREE to non-members thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program.) Participants are encouraged to stick around for a potluck dinner at the chalet starting at 5:30 and followed by Christmas carols.

No registration for Dec. 9 is required but feel free to let our programs director, Steve Reitsma, know you are interested:

Read more about our plans for adult ski lessons in 2019 here

Trails update

From our trails director, Chris Hotson: “The grooming crew continues to pack snow and develop the base as snow accumulates. All trails have been packed at least once and will be freshened up again on Friday evening. There is still not adequate snow to set track but we are in good shape for this time of year.

“Your rock skis are probably still a good idea but there is lots of skiable trail available and the lights are on for night skiing.”

Community Coaching workshop Nov. 17/18

We’re offering a two-day classroom and on-snow workshop for volunteers wishing to coach our programs Nov. 17/18. The course runs Saturday from 9 to 4:30 and Sunday from 9 – 3:30 with Karen Johnson instructing.

Cost: Free and as an added bonus this year, we will provide you lunch!
Here is the link for registration: Community Coach Workshop | Cross Country NWT.
Cross Country Canada now offers Introduction to Community Coaching and Coach Initiation in Sport as online courses which can be found here.
For more information on coaching opportunities, or to sign up, contact Alex Lothian at

Wax and Wine, Nov. 15

Our annual Wax and Wine event takes place Thursday, Nov. 15 at the chalet from 7 to 10 pm. 

This members-only event combines complimentary wine and snacks with the opportunity to have your skis waxed ($25 a pair or $20 for multiples) by the High Performance Ski Team. It’s always a nice gathering with fellow skiers!

Note: While babes-in-arms are welcome, this is an adults-only event. 

Snow Show thank you’s!

Thanks to all who turned out on Saturday Nov. 3 for our annual Snow Show. We had great snow, great turnout and great fundraising. 

Thanks are due to all the volunteers who came out to cook and serve chilli, contribute to the bake sale, help to size and sell used ski equipment, help people register for membership and programs and who generally made this a fun event. Thanks also to the City of Yellowknife for clearing the snow out of the parking lot after that huge snowfall (the city regularly clears snow from our road and parking lot, but was kindly able to do so early Saturday morning ahead of this big event). 

Our High Performance Ski Team and the ski club were able to raise over $8,000 through the silent auction, ski waxing and the 50/50 draw. A giant thanks is due to all who donated items items to the auction. 

  • Ahmic Air
  • Aurora Ford
  • Autotec
  • Jamie & Brenda Bastedo
  • Blachford Lake Lodge
  • The Book Cellar
  • The Brick
  • CBC North
  • Corother’s Home Hardware
  • Robbie Craig
  • Crowe Mackay
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Lana deBastiani
  • Linda Dunbar
  • Eecol Electric
  • EMCO
  • Ethanda Organic Day Spa
  • For Men Only
  • For Women Only
  • Frostbite 50 – YKMC
  • Gallery of the Midnight Sun
  • Gourmet Cup
  • Happy Pooch
  • Metro Huculak, YK1
  • Karen Johnson
  • Margie Johnson
  • Kerry’s Firewood & Salvaging
  • Konge Construction
  • Merle Norman
  • Northern Images
  • Overlander Sports
  • Quality Furniture
  • Greg Robertson,
  • Bluefish Services
  • Roy’s Audio Video
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Signed
  • Simplistic Hair Studio
  • John Stephenson
  • Thanh Dat Clothing & Gift
  • True Value Hardware
  • Visual Effects
  • Vixen Hair Den
  • Weaver & Devore Trading
  • Kathy Woodward
  • Yellowknife Golf Club
  • Yellowknife Motors