See below for more information on each of these events. Nov 1 – Ski swap drop off 6-8pm
Nov 2 – Snow show – 10am-1pm
Nov 14 – Wax & Wine 7-10pm
Nov 29/30/Dec 1 – Learn to Train – Dryland (coach training course)
Nov 30/Dec 1 – CC workshop (community coach training)
Dec 8 – Adult lessons season kick-off, plus “Get Active” potluck dinner 5:30pm with Christmas Carols
Dec 12-14 – Arctic Winter Games Trials
Dec 15 – Trail grooming workshop
Jan 19 – “Get Active” World Snow Day
Feb 16 – “Get Active” NWT Ski day
Feb 29/Mar 1 – YK Ski Races
March 7 – Frostbite 50
*March 7 – Thebacha Loppet in Fort Smith
March 14 – Pancake breakfast and games fundraiser with the Long John Jamboree
April 5 – Yellowknife Gold Loppet sponsored by Gold Terra
April 13 – Nordic Cross Fun Event
June TBA – Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and AGM
The club also hopes to host Sunday lunches at the chalet in January and February. However, we are seeking a coordinator to take on this project. If this is you, please drop a note to email@example.com and volunteer.
Note: “Get Active” days mean trails are free for members of the public, thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program.
*The Thebacha Loppet is not a Yellowknife Ski Club event, though it is a fun one.
Snow Show, Nov 2, 10 am-1 pm
Our annual registration event is also a combination bake sale, gear swap and social event.
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, 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.
Wax & Wine, Nov 14, 7-10 pm
This fall event includes complimentary wine, snacks and conversation upstairs while the high performance ski team offers hot waxing downstairs (approximately$25 a pair as a club fundraiser). Bring your skis and a friend!
Community Coach workshop (CC)
The Yellowknife ski club offers this two-day classroom and on-snow workshop for volunteers wishing to coach our programs. The course runs Saturday from 9 to 4:30 and Sunday from 9 – 3:30 and includes a half hour lunch, provided by our Jackrabbit program. Karen Johnson instructs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to sign up.
Trail grooming workshop
For anyone interested in joining our trail grooming crew, consider attending our introductory grooming workshop on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the chalet. We’ll be indoors (talking theory and safety) and outdoors with the equipment (and some of our grizzled veterans). The workshop is free and lunch is provided.
Contact Chris Hotson at email@example.com or 445-3396.
Adult lessons season kick-off, Dec. 8
Our way of introducing new skiers to the sport: We’ll hold $5, one-hour group adult ski lessons between 1 and 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with a chance to pre-register. Drop-ins are welcome to join any group that has room, or have some coffee and tea and hang around with some skiers, get a feel for the place, and come back for lessons later in the winter!
“Get Active” Potluck dinner, Dec. 8
As it sounds: join us in the chalet at 5:30 to eat, followed by carolling.
“Get Active” World Snow Day, Jan 19
One of our premier open house days for members of the public, World Snow Day includes a free pancake breakfast from 10 to 3, complimentary ski and snowshoe rentals (for kids and adults) from 10-3, and no trail fees for non-members.
The whole idea is to get members and non-members into the chalet, on to the trails and learning what our club is all about.
“Get Active” NWT Ski Day, Feb 16
We celebrate NWT Ski Day with free trail use (thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program). We also offer heart smart snacks and self-serve refreshments in the chalet starting at 10 a.m. Go for a ski, come inside and have a break and bring some friends or co-workers to try out our groomed trails.
Yellowknife Ski Races, Feb 29/March 1
This annual event is a chance for our members to gain race experience in classic and free skiing. Read more on the logistics for the 2018 event here.
Frostbite 50, March 7
The Frostbite 50 is a 50 km continuous snowshoe or classic ski event on ungroomed trails outside of our usual ski trails. Participate solo or as a team of up to five participants. There are four road-accessible checkpoints, and participants are welcome to have support along the way.
Learn more on the Frostbite 50 website.
Yellowknife Gold Loppet, sponsored by Gold Terra, April 5
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 Yellowknife loppet includes 4 km, 15 km, and 25 km groomed tracks through the wilderness (starting at Vee Lake) with check points, drinks and cookies along the way and a bowl of hot chili at after your ski.
Read more on the 2019 Yellowknife Gold Loppet here, including a trail map, how to register and all the rules.
Nordic Cross, April TBA
This is a fun on-snow event that involves skiing an obstacle course. You can enter as an individual or as a team of two or three and enjoy a post-event BBQ in the sun.
Find details of the 2018 event, including categories and distances, here.
AGM, volunteer appreciation BBQ & awards, date TBA
All members are welcome to our end of year BBQ at the chalet, featuring burgers and drinks. This is followed by our volunteer awards – an important event for a club that is run on 100 per cent volunteer power.
Members are encouraged to stay for our annual general meeting, which usually lasts no more than one hour.