World Snow Day Jan. 19

Join us for our premier open house of the season on Sunday, Jan. 19.

We’ll have:
– Free pancakes in the chalet from 10-2;
– Free ski and snowshoe rentals (for kids and adults, courtesy of Overlander Sports and YK1);
– Free trail use for non-members (courtesy of the NWT Recreation and Parks Get Active program).

Please invite your friends, co-workers, colleagues or anyone on the fence about skiing and we’ll show ’em how it’s done. Thanks to CCNWT for sponsoring this fun, family friendly event. 

AWG NWT Ski Team named

Cross Country NWT has named 17 skiers selected to take part in the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse in March. Cold weather forced the selection process indoors in Yellowknife Dec. 13-14. 

The skiers come  from Yellowknife, Fort Good Hope and Fort Smith. The roster now goes to Sport North for final confirmation. 

U18 Female

  • Linnea Azzolini
  • Kea Furniss
  • Ella Kokelj
  • Rae Panayi

U16 Female

  • Leah McShane

U16 Male

  • Makoa Kokelj
  • Marcus Proctor
  • Kiran Ray
  • Morgan Young

U14 Female

  • Anna Curran
  • Taylor Porter
  • Shelby Tobac
  • Kira Young

U14 Male

  • Joseph Curran
  • Malachi Morin
  • Aksel Reed
  • Isaac Zimmer

The team will be lead by head coach Mike Argue, assistant coach Stephen Dunbar and team manager Kerry Wheler. Good luck to all!

Trails update

From our trails director Chris Hotson:

The 5 km loops were groomed Wednesday evening, fresh tracks are in. Fault Lake was also groomed with a wide skate lane and double tracks. The backside will be groomed this evening so conditions for the weekend will be great!

Free trail use this Sunday

Trail use is FREE this Sunday, Dec. 8 thanks to the NWT Recreation and Parks Association’s Get Active program. Regular value for a day on our trails is $15 per person or $40 per family. 

Spread the word to any skiers you know and make sure you know where to find our trails map.

We’re also hosting $5 adult ski lessons on Sunday. Read more about that here

First tracks!

Report from our trails director, Chris Hotson, on Sunday, Nov. 24:

The first tracks of the season have been set on the 5 km loop and Fault Lake. Use caution as you transition onto Fault Lake, it is still rough at the bottom of the hills. There are still some rough sections but groomer Bruce Look reports that the tracks “came out pretty good for this time of year.” That translates to great skiing so get out and enjoy!

Groomers will continue to work on the trails and with another good snow like Friday we should be at 100%.

Annual Snow Show, Nov. 2

Our annual registration event is also a combination bake sale, gear swap and social event. This year, it runs from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Upstairs, you’ll find booths where you can learn more about each of our programs, register for the season (early bird prices are in effect until midnight the day of the Snow Show), peruse donated items in our silent auction (often including outdoor adventures), buy a chilli lunch or baked goods, and check out the gear at the Overlander Sports booth. 

Downstairs, you’ll find our hugely popular used gear sale. If you have items you’d like to sell, drop them off at the chalet the night before between 6 and 8 pm. The ski clubs keeps 10 percent as a fundraiser and the rest of the money is in your pocket.

New ski season coming!

Registration for the 2019/2010 ski season is set to open Sept. 14 on Zone4.ca. Our annual Snow Show (featuring our used ski sale, silent auction, bake sale, Overlander ski booth and more) runs on Nov. 2 from 10 am to 1 pm. As usual, early bird registration rates are in effect until right after the Snow Show (see membership rates here). The Snow Show is a great chance to meet skiers, learn about our programs and see what our club is all about.

Ski season begins as soon as we have enough snow to start packing and grooming the trails, usually in early December but sometimes late November. 

If you have kids who want to ski this year, learn about our programs here. If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity, drop a note to info@skiyellowknife.com. If you want to know more about skiing, equipment, our trails or our club, also drop a note to info@skiyellowknife.com. We take all questions!

This year, our board intends to work on our next five-year strategic plan. Watch your inbox for information on how to contribute to that process. 

New chalet rental fees

New rates for renting the Yellowknife Ski Club chalet will go into effect Sept. 1, 2019. 

A key change is that we now have two rates: one for private, corporate and government renters, and a discounted rate for non-profit, school, youth programs and charities. The goal is to better reflect the value of our renovated chalet while ensuring many user groups can afford to rent it. 

The new rates are as follows:
– Chalet and trail use, upstairs (including trail day passes and use of outdoor lockers): $250 half day, $500 full day ($150 half day, $300 full day);
– Chalet downstairs only (May 1 to Oct. 31 only): $200 half day, $300 full day ($100 half day, $200 full day).

A $500 damage deposit is applicable to all renters. On-site storage is available (at the discretion of the board) for $1,000 a year.

Read our full Fees and Charges Policy.

Athletes of the Year

The ski club was amply represented at this year’s Sport North awards banquet on May 25. 

Sheena Tremblay, High Performance Program Coach & Coach of the Year Nominee

Sheen Tremblay, left, with coaches Mike Argue, Kevin Durkee and Stephen Dunbar at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Sheena Tremblay has coached and mentored NT cross-country skiers through day-to-day practices, training camps and competitions for the past 10 years (to quantify this commitment, she has led and supported upwards of 1,000 Yellowknife High Performance Ski Team practices!).

Sheena was the head coach of the NT cross-country team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games and helped skiers achieve the strongest NWT results in more years than 20 years. Sheena has also supported NT skiers at more than 30 competitions outside the NWT over the past decade.

Sheena creates an inclusive atmosphere and builds connections with her athletes beyond just ski racing – skiers always know that they have a trusted supporter and cheerleader in Sheena. It’s also widely known that Sheena’s practices are the most fun : )

Way to go Coach!

Ella Kokelj, Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Ella Kokelj has an enthusiasm for both racing and training that rubs off on those around her. Ella is keen to learn and respectfully challenges her coaches to provide the best support they possibly can.

Ella had a number of great performances this past year with the sprint race at Canada Winter Games and the pursuit race at the Canadian Championships being definite highlights.

Congrats Ella!

Clair Littlefair, Senior Female Athlete of the Year

While pursuing post-secondary studies in Kelowna, Clair Littlefair continues to represent the Yellowknife Ski Club when racing throughout the country.  

Clair loves the grind of training and racing (demonstrated by 5 am roller ski sessions and 100 km skis!). This hard work was rewarded this past season through top-20 results at the Canada Winter Games and a top-10 result at the Canadian University Championships, among other strong performances.

Awesome job Clair!