Yellowknife Gold Loppet April 8


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 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

The details:

  • 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.

Ski race results and thanks

Thanks to everyone who came out to the YK Races this past weekend!  The weather cooperated for a very fun-filled couple of days at the club.
The results can be found here:
Special thanks goes out to:
Kerry Wheler – Event Organizer
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
And to the MANY volunteers who helped out on race day:
Chris Hotson, Paul Guy, Sean Marshall, Colin Morris, Trena Heseltine, Meghan Schmurr, Elaine Anselmi, Kelsey Pike, Monte Kehler, Danielle Stachiw, Sean Petersen, Kirk Tastad, Meghan Beveridge, Mindy Willett, Sara Minogue, Alex Lothian, Brett Wheler, Mark Cliffe-Phillips, Cindy Wood, Maureen Van Overliw, Steve Reitsma, Erica Janes, Joanna Wilson, Christine Scott, Andrew Kotaska, Catherine Pigott, Yvonne Pike, Stacey Menzies, Steve Kokelj, Tom Deleff, Jess Dunkin, Michael Gilday, Sara Beattie, Mike Argue.

Yellowknife ski races Feb. 24/25


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

UPDATE: Feb/March adult ski lessons

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

Sunday Lunch schedule

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. 18Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-2 featuring Flavour Trader
Feb 25Sunday Lunch at the Ski Club 11:30-3 featuring One of a Thai

Cash only, please! 

50 years of skiing

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. 

Western Canadian Championships, 1993: David Gilday at left, John Stephenson and John Argue in front of the old trail map. The location of the old clubhouse is marked in the lower right hand corner. Today, the Kids Corner Childcare Centre on Haener Drive sits on the spot.

Western Canadian Championships, 1993: David Gilday at left, John Stephenson and John Argue in front of the old trail map. The location of the old clubhouse is marked in the lower right hand corner. Today, the Kids Corner Childcare Centre on Haener Drive sits on the spot.

“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



World Snow Day

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

This is a great chance to meet some fun folks, or introduce some you already know to the wonderful world of skiing! 


Adult beginner ski lessons


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

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!

AWG skiers named!


Cross Country NWT has named its roster for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games after territorial trials last weekend in Fort Smith. 

The full list includes 19 skiers and one alternate. All but four of the kids on this list are part of the amazing Yellowknife Ski Club!

The biathletes are Ruby Pigott and Spencer Littlefair for ski and Effie Lockhart for snowshoe … three more Yellowknifers!

The games take place in the South Slave region from March 18 to 24. Biathlon will be in Hay River and skiing will be in Fort Smith.