Adult ski lesson Dec. 8 kickoff

Our 2019/2020 adult ski lessons will kick off with a series of one-hour lessons from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday, Dec. 8. Pre-register by contacting Steve Reitsma, ykskiclubprograms@gmail.com. We’ll also take drop-ins with any groups that still have room. (Stick around afterwards for a Sunday potluck dinner featuring Christmas caroling, starting at 5.)
 
We still haven’t worked out the full calendar for month-long series of lessons. Watch this space for details. 
 
Last year we ran several four-session series of group lessons in classic, skate, beginner and intermediate formats. Four lessons cost $80 plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members. 
 

Snow Show thank you’s

A big thanks to all who made our Snow Show a huge success this year. Between the bake sale, gear sale, chilli sale, silent auction and 50/50 draw, we managed to raise almost $10,000. Thanks especially to the winner of this year’s 50/50 draw, who immediately donated the proceeds right back to the club. 

And a special thanks to those who contributed to our silent auction! This year we raised nearly $7,000 thanks to the generosity of the following donors:

  • ABC Auto
  • Ahmic Air
  • Autotec
  • Blachford Lake Lodge
  • The Book Cellar
  • The Brick
  • CBC North
  • Central Mechanical
  • Corother’s Home Hardware
  • Metro Huculak, YK1
  • Days Inn & Suites
  • Lana deBastiani
  • EMCO
  • For Women Only
  • Frostbite 50 – YKMC
  • Great Slave Helicopter
  • Happy Pooch
  • Kerry’s Firewood & Salvaging
  • Konge Construction
  • Northern Images
  • Overlander Sports
  • Panayi Family
  • Quality Furniture
  • Greg Robertson
  • Bluefish Services
  • Roy’s Audio Video
  • Signed
  • John Stephenson
  • Tania Hercun
  • True Value Hardware
  • Kathi Woodward
  • Yellowknife Motors
  • Diep Duong
  • Stephen and Amanda Dunbar
  • Eva Willet
  • Robbie Craig
  • Catherine Pigott
  • Crowe Mackay

YK Skiers at the Canada Winter Games

Nine Yellowknife skiers raced their hearts out at the Canada Winter Games this week in individual start, sprint and mass start races. 

Team NT cross country skiing is made up of Jack Panayi, Jack Kotaska, Donny Boake, Nicolas Bennett, Rae Panayi, Kea Furniss, Ruby Pigott, Ella Kokelj and Clair Littlefair. Coaches supporting NT skiers include Head Coach Sheena Tremblay as well as Kevin Durkee, Stephen Dunbar and Mike Argue. 

Team NT cross country skiing at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

Team NT coaches at the Canada Winter Games. Head Coach Sheena Tremblay, Stephen Dunbar, Mike Argue and Kevin Durkee.

While conditions were challenging for some, race days have resembled home with temperatures in the low teens; perfect conditions for speedy NT racers who have raced competitively with athletes from across the country. 

The girls: Claire Littlefair, Ella Kokelj, Kea Furniss, Ruby Pigott and Rae Panayi.

The games closed out with mixed relays on Saturday. What a week!

Farewell to the Green family

 

After nine years of living, skiing and volunteering in Yellowknife, Paul, Miriam, Tyson and Moira Green have moved to Prince George, B.C. The YK Ski Club wants to wish them well, and recognize their contribution to our club.

Paul Green was the first N.W.T. athlete to win a medal at the Canada Games in 1991, a feat that made the CBC’s World at Six. He later competed with the national biathlon team. He spent the last several years running the club’s biathlon program, serving as head coach for the NWT Biathlon Team for the Arctic Winter Games.

Miriam Green began skiing as a youth in Ottawa, winning medals in the Canadian Junior Championships and competing in the World Junior Championships in Italy in 1989. In Yellowknife, she spent four years coaching Jackrabbits, four more with Track Attack and several years with the High Performance kids.

I’ll quote from a nomination form for a CCC award in 2016: “Parents, skiers and coaches we spoke to commented on the fact that she is always smiling. It may sound cliche, but she radiates health and vitality from the inside out and young skiers instinctively trust her and look up to her, as do their parents. As a model of how cross-country skiing can shape a person and a life into adulthood, there is no finer example than Miriam.”

From Miriam herself: “It was awesome to be able to share a passion for cross-country skiing with like-minded families! It was rewarding to see the athletes develop, not just in the sport but also as individuals. It was fantastic to work with the other coaches; I really appreciate the time and thought they put in to coming up with fun and challenging practices, which my own kids have benefited from, and which I’ll bring to any future coaching I do.”

Their children, Tyson and Moira, were both part of the High Performance ski team and have lots of skiing ahead. 

Good luck to them!

50 years of the Inuvik loppet

 

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.

Find more info: inuvikskiclub.ca or email inuvikskiclub@gmail.com.

And keep your eyes peeled for airfare/accommodation packages. 

A silent auction thank you

 

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Check out how many people and businesses contributed to the silent auction at this year’s Snow Show (and that’s not the mention our excellent bidders). This is a great fundraiser for our high performance skiers and a HUGE show of support for our club!

  • Ahmic Air
  • Arctic Jewellers
  • Aurora Ford
  • Birchwood Coffee Ko.
  • Blachford Lake Lodge
  • The Book Cellar
  • The Brick
  • Corother’s Home Hardware
  • Robbie Craig
  • Crowe Mackay
  • Eecol Electric
  • EMCO
  • Eland Organic Day Spa
  • The Fat Fox Cafe
  • For Men Only
  • For Women Only
  • Frostbite 50 – YKMC
  • Gourmet Cup
  • Metro Huculak, YK1
  • Kerry’s Firewood & Salvaging
  • Nicole Loubert
  • Luluz Market
  • Merle Norman
  • Northern Fancy Meats
  • Northern Images
  • Old Town Glassworks
  • Overlander Sports
  • Quality Furniture
  • Racquet Club
  • Radiance Mbodied
  • Greg Robertson, Bluefish Services
  • Roy’s Audio Video
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Signed
  • Simplistic Hair
  • Subway
  • Thanh Dat Clothing & Gift
  • True Value Hardware
  • Visual Effects
  • Vixen Hair Den
  • Weaver & Devore Trading
  • Kim Weir
  • Linda Whitford
  • Kathy Woodward
  • Yellowknife Golf Club
  • Yellowknife Motors
  • YK1 School Board

Trail clearing… volunteers wanted!

Want the best ski trails grooming can provide? Help make them!

September is time for the annual fall trail-brushing blitz. Over the next month, all trails need to be cleared so that grooming can begin when the snow flies.

Two-person trail-brushing crews work half day shifts, and we can accommodate two shifts at a time. If you’ve done it before you know the drill; if not, orientation is provided.

Many hands make light work. If you have half a day to spare, please contact Chris Hotson by email at christopherhotson@yahoo.ca or by text at 867-445-3396.

Welcome to the Yellowknife Ski Club!

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The Yellowknife Ski Club has been running on 100% volunteer power for over fifty years. We manage 14 kilometres of groomed trails, a biathlon range and our ski chalet near the intersection between Highway 3 and the Ingraham Trail.

Why become a member?

  • Enjoy access to our trails, including a lit loop for night skiing;
  • Take part in ski and biathlon programs, races and our annual loppet;
  • Make use of our newly renovated chalet with lounge, kitchen and waxing room, open to membership 24/7;
  • Visit our tent frame on Banting Lake – for a day or overnight;
  • Enjoy social events throughout the season including potluck dinners, our annual ski sale, pancake breakfasts and chats around the fire pit;
  • Get a 10% discount on ski equipment and related accessories at Overlander;
  • Access training and certification for coaches, Jackrabbit leaders, race officials and groomers;
  • And be part of our ski community in Yellowknife!

Registration

Sign up for the 2019/2020 ski season (including membership and programs) here on Zone4.ca.

Just Visiting? Not a Member?

Non-members are welcome to use our trails. The cost is $15 for one person or $40 for a family. Fees can be paid in the drop box by the trail entrance or by credit card here. Large trail maps are found on the display board at the club. Day users ski at their own risk.

We do not offer equipment rentals but Overlander Sports does. People who rent skis from Overlander are entitled to use our trails for free.

Need more information? Peruse this site or contact us.