Early Bird registration is now open for the 2022/2023 season!
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.
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.
Questions for the GNWT should go to: Jay Boast at email@example.com
Our Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits programs for children four and up generally start in late November. Read more about the Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits program here, including our primers on what equipment you’ll need for kids. Our Track Attack program for youth aged 9-13 also welcomes new skiers. Read more on that group here. The ski club welcomes all young skiers: the more kids who wanna ski, the more parent volunteers we’ll recruit to make it happen.
Program participants must be members of the club. Read up on membership and its many benefits here.
We typically offer adult ski lessons starting in December. Watch this space for details.
If you’re new to skiing and want to talk to someone about programs, please reach our Programs Director Bernadette Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to talk to someone about volunteering, or taking a coaching course, reach our Volunteer Director Alyssa Titus at email@example.com.
We’ll hold our annual general meeting on Thursday, June 10 on Zoom
You’ll find the agenda here: Yellowknife Ski Club AGM 2021 agenda.
Read our full: Yellowknife Ski Club 2020_2021 annual report
Usually, we start with a bbq and volunteer awards. We still plan to hold a volunteer appreciation event later in the summer!
If you’ve enjoyed our club this year, consider joining our board or coming out to share your suggestions or ideas.
You can read more about who’s in charge here, and read about the various board positions here. So far, all of our board members are willing to return next year but we welcome challengers at any time, and always welcome new blood and new ideas.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our last event of the season is a fun one: Nordic Cross.
Go fast or slow – anything goes on this ski/obstacle course, featuring slalom, backwards skiing, single sticking, etc. Read the full 2021 Nordic Cross Race Notice.
We expect conditions to be MUCH better than 2019 (pictured), but still fun and amazing.
Bib pickup starts at 10. Sign up here by Friday. Categories include:
From our volunteers director and loppet organizer Alyssa Titus:
What a day! Thank you for supporting the Loppet and being part of such an amazing ski community. We had 430 participants – a record!
Our biathlon range came to life over the weekend with the Biathlon Polar Cup competition. Thanks to athletes from Hay River for joining our crew, and to organizers Doug Lockhart and Belinda Whitford.
Here’s a team shot of the Hay River athletes who joined in the event, courtesy of the Hay River Ski Club.
You’ll find more photos from the competition on the Hay River Ski Club Facebook page.
A huge thank you to all the people who contributed to this event!
Organizers: Doug Lockhart, Kerry Wheler, Chuck Lirette and Doug Swallow.
Course and Stadium Planning: John Stephenson and the amazing grooming crew and Doug Lockhart.
Course and Range Officials: Doug Lockhart, Trent Waterhouse, Lisa & Brian McShane, Judy Whitford, Carol Lockhart, Karen Wall, Chuck & Dorothy Lirette, Braam Berrub, Tamara Pellisey, Kandace Groenewegen, Philippe Breton and Tyler Hawkins.
Coaching our athletes: Marie-Eve Raymond, Myra Berrub, Trent Waterhouse
Food and supplies: Hille Kumbholz, Braam Berrub, Trent Waterhouse, Doug & Carol Lockhart, Lisa & Brian McShane, Marie-Eve Raymond, Tyler Hawkins, Ashley Coombs.
Statistics: Mark Cliffe-Phillips and Doug Swallow
Uniforms: Kirk Tastad
Our club played host to the NWT Territorial Ski Races last weekend and it was a beauty event. We were thrilled to have over 130 skiers, including skiers from Fort Smith and Hay River, and dozens of volunteers. Congratulations to everyone who skied the course!
Let this one of two of our most hard-working coaches suffice: Mike Argue and Kevin Durkee.
Now bear with me for the thank you’s to volunteers. Just check out this enormous list.
We’ll have about 20 athletes, including 14 from Hay River and six from Yellowknife, as well as several dozen parents and volunteers on site for the Biathlon Polar Cup March 26-28. The chalet will be in use by our visiting athletes so members, please cede the building to our guests (washroom use excepted) who will arrive Friday.
Competition starts at 2 pm Saturday and noon on Sunday, with sighting in firearms starting an hour earlier. Trails in use include the Biathlon 1 km and 1.25 km.
It’s been many years since we’ve hosted a biathlon competition: major thanks to Belinda and Doug for making this event happen!
Registration ($10, $5 for kids) is now open on Zone4.ca.
Here are the COVID rules:
Event Package Pickup and Information
Thank you to the Rotary Club for assembling the event packages!
Note: Buffs are reserved based on earliest registration, not earliest pickup. If your registration page listed an option for a buff, it means you were one of the first 400 and a buff is waiting for you.
Photos and Prizes
Enter our draw for prizes by posting a selfie or other photo on facebook or other social media with the hashtag #ykloppet2021, or email ykskiclubvolunteerdirect
Best Selfie and Best Dressed Skier also win a prize. Get out your capes and costumes!
Prizes include: Bluefish kite-flying expedition! Gift certificates! Cookies!