World Snow Day huzzah!

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We had about 300 people at the chalet Jan. 20 for World Snow Day, including many first-timers and many first-timers on skis. Yet another great event run by events director Kerry Wheler and her whole crew of people who came out to make pancakes, fit ski rentals and point people towards the trails.

Thanks to: John Stephenson (head of rentals and shooter of the above photographs), Tania Hercun (head of kitchen), Alex Lothian, Cheryl Mandeville, Karen Johnson, Brian Latham, Satish Garikaparthi, Ozgur Oner, Kelsey Pike, Brett Wheler, Monte Kehler, Anita Gue, Yvonne Pike, and many others in the kitchen.

Thanks also to our sponsors: Overlander Sports, NWT Recreation and Parks Association, JH Sissons School and the Yellowknife Co-op.

February lessons

We have three sets of lessons for adult beginner/intermediate classic skiers running in February 2019. The perfect Valentine’s gift!

Each set includes four lessons over four weeks, as follows.

  • Saturdays, 1:30-3:30, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23
  • Sundays, 1:30-3:30, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24
  • Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Register on Zone4.ca.

Lessons cost $80 plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members. 

What about equipment? 

Participants must provide their own boots, skis and poles. If you don’t have equipment, rentals are available at Overlander Sports. Any ski rentals at Overlander include access to our trails, which means non-members who rent skis save $40 on trail fees. Conversely, members of our club receive a 10 per cent discount on new ski equipment at Overlander. 

(Also, watch our Facebook page. Any used gear for sale that we hear about will be posted there.)

World Snow Day Jan. 20

On Sunday, Jan. 20, we’ll celebrate World Snow Day by opening up our trails to any and all (thanks to a Get Active grant from NWT Recreation and Parks) and serving up free pancakes (10-3).

This year we’ll also offer free ski and snowshoe rentals for kids and adults from 10-3, courtesy of Overlander Sports and J. H. Sissons school. 

This is a great chance to show off a vibrant ski community to people who don’t know about us yet and we’ll need volunteers.

If you’d like to flip pancakes, help fit ski/snowshoe rentals or help get new skiers onto the trails, please contact Kerry Wheler: ykskiclubevents@gmail.com.

Frostbite 50

Registration is now open for the Frostbite 50 on March 16. Ski club members get a 20 per cent discount on registration (see your inbox for the code, which just went out in a newsletter).

What’s the Frostbite 50, you ask? 

“The Frostbite 50 is a 50 km continuous snowshoe or classic ski event on ungroomed trails near Yellowknife. 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. 

“This is an event, not a race, and there are no prizes for first place. We want winter lovers of all abilities to join us, and for everyone to have fun and finish safely.” 

This and more on the Frostbite 50 website

Grooming workshop Jan. 13

UPDATE: This event has been moved to Sunday Jan. 13.

For anyone interested in joining our trail grooming crew, consider attending our introductory grooming workshop at the chalet.

The workshop starts at 9 am and runs to 3 pm. We’ll be indoors (talking theory and safety) in the morning and outdoors with the equipment (and some of our grizzled veterans) in the afternoon. Lunch is provided. 

Our all-volunteer team of groomers currently groom the trails three nights a week, with three separate teams on each evening. We’re aiming to increase the pool of volunteers and start developing new crew members. 

To register or learn more, contact Trails Director Chris Hotson at christopherhotson@yahoo.ca or 445-3396.

Sunday ski lessons

We’ve changed the schedule for our Sunday $5 drop-in ski lessons. 

Lessons for both intermediate and beginner skiers will take place from 1:30 to 3:30. Lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for both members and non-members. (Trail use Dec. 9 is FREE to non-members thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program.) 

Everyone is encouraged to stick around for a potluck dinner at the chalet starting at 5:30 and followed by Christmas carols.

No registration for Dec. 9 is required but feel free to let our programs director, Steve Reitsma, know you are interested: ykskiclubprograms@gmail.com.

Team NT named for Canada Winter Games

NWT Ski has named Team NT for the 2019 Canada Winter Games taking place in Red Deer, Alberta this February.

They are: Nicolas Bennett, Jack Panayi, Ella Kokelj, Clair Littlefair, Jack Kotaska, Kea Furniss, Ruby Piggot, Rae Panayi and Donny Boake (but not Spencer Littlefair or Makoa Kokelj, as previously, and incorrectly, reported).

Every one of these skiers was nurtured at our very own Yellowknife Ski Club. Thanks everyone for supporting them!

The trails are groomed!

All trails are now groomed at the ski club and tracks are set where there’s enough snow. 

From our events director Kerry Wheler, who skate-skied every trail this week: “Trails are in good shape for both skate and classic (though I didn’t pay attention to exactly where tracks were set). Watch out for bumpy spots on downhills, such as the bottom of the ravine and Zoom. There’s also an overflow icy patch at the bottom of Gooseback Slide on the 2.5 km blue trail.”

 
Trails director Chris Hotson adds that grooming was done on the outer loops Thursday and inner loops will be done today. “Everything is skiable but there are a few spots where you need to watch for rocks and overflow.”
 
Enjoy!

New president en route!

Heather Scott (pictured here with skiing family) has kindly stepped forward to take on the role of president and, barring unforeseen scandal, will be officially appointed by the board at our next meeting, Monday Dec. 3. 

Heather has been involved with the ski club for several years as a coach and all-around volunteer and has two children taking part in Jackrabbits and Track Attack, respectively. In her 15 years in Yellowknife Heather has served on several boards, including the Multisport Club, and is past chair of the YK Playschool and the Northern Territories Water and Waste Association. 

The board meets the first Tuesday (or occasionally Monday) of each month at 7 pm at the chalet. All are welcome. Find past meeting minutes here

Adult ski lessons

Registration is now open on Zone4.ca for two series of adult ski lessons in January. 

  • Frostbitten Night Owl – Intermediate Ski Lessons, 7 – 9 pm, Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30;
  • Beginner/Intermediate Lessons – 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sundays, January 6, 13, 20, 27  

Lessons are $80 per set of 4, plus a $40 trail use fee for non-members. (If you have any difficulty registering, contact info@skiyellowknife.com and we’ll sort you out.)

We’re also planning an afternoon of $5 drop-in lessons on Sunday, Dec. 9 starting at 1:30, for both members and non-members. (Trail use Dec. 9 is FREE to non-members thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program.) Participants are encouraged to stick around for a potluck dinner at the chalet starting at 5:30 and followed by Christmas carols.

No registration for Dec. 9 is required but feel free to let our programs director, Steve Reitsma, know you are interested: ykskiclubprograms@gmail.com.

Read more about our plans for adult ski lessons in 2019 here