Reno update, loppet coordinator needed



The downstairs of the chalet is beginning to take shape with new cubbies, new carpeting and gorgeous new windows.

You can still donate to this rather large project (and there’s still time for legacy sponsorships) directly through Zone4.

New board member, past board member

The energetic Steve Reitsma has joined our board as programs director, leading all of our programs as well as reviving adult ski lessons — details to come. 

Kevin Durkee has resigned as volunteers director in order to focus on volunteering as a coach, leaving an opening for someone who’d like to take on this role. 

We are also seeking volunteers to take on the roles of vice-president, director of fundraising and director of facilities. 

Wanted: Loppet coordinator

And one more thing: we still need a coordinator for the 2018 Yellowknife Gold Loppet on April 8.

This is our flagship event: a fun, sociable, long-distance cross-country ski for all ages and abilities that draws about 300 people a year and continues to be one of the most amazing mass skiing events North of 60. 

We already have a long list of volunteers and event supports, but lack an overall coordinator. If you’re interested, even just a little, please contact Chris Joseph ( or Kerry Wheler (

And if that sounds like a bit much, but you’d still like to help out, we’re also looking for volunteers for World Snow Day (Jan. 21) and for the Yellowknife Ski Races committee (Feb. 24/25). Contact Kerry Wheler (above). 

A silent auction thank you



Check out how many people and businesses contributed to the silent auction at this year’s Snow Show (and that’s not the mention our excellent bidders). This is a great fundraiser for our high performance skiers and a HUGE show of support for our club!

  • Ahmic Air
  • Arctic Jewellers
  • Aurora Ford
  • Birchwood Coffee Ko.
  • Blachford Lake Lodge
  • The Book Cellar
  • The Brick
  • Corother’s Home Hardware
  • Robbie Craig
  • Crowe Mackay
  • Eecol Electric
  • EMCO
  • Eland Organic Day Spa
  • The Fat Fox Cafe
  • For Men Only
  • For Women Only
  • Frostbite 50 – YKMC
  • Gourmet Cup
  • Metro Huculak, YK1
  • Kerry’s Firewood & Salvaging
  • Nicole Loubert
  • Luluz Market
  • Merle Norman
  • Northern Fancy Meats
  • Northern Images
  • Old Town Glassworks
  • Overlander Sports
  • Quality Furniture
  • Racquet Club
  • Radiance Mbodied
  • Greg Robertson, Bluefish Services
  • Roy’s Audio Video
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Signed
  • Simplistic Hair
  • Subway
  • Thanh Dat Clothing & Gift
  • True Value Hardware
  • Visual Effects
  • Vixen Hair Den
  • Weaver & Devore Trading
  • Kim Weir
  • Linda Whitford
  • Kathy Woodward
  • Yellowknife Golf Club
  • Yellowknife Motors
  • YK1 School Board

Our grooming fleet just got awesome

This little beauty is now part of our grooming fleet thanks to Aurora Dodge Yellowknife and Arctic Cat! 


A big thank you to Ryan Wourms, Wayne Willis, Jayson Weber and Chris Hotson (and test drivers Jacob Weber and Oliver Reitsma, why not?) for making it happen, and showing it off at our Snow Show!

Now … if you wanna drive it, you’ll have to join our crew. Contact Chris Hotson, trails director, at 867-445-3396 for details on our next grooming workshop,  Dec. 17.

Snow Show – Saturday Nov. 4!

Don’t miss our annual Snow Show at the chalet on Sat. Nov. 4 from 10 am to 1 pm. 

This is your chance to get a peak at the new paint job and kitchen in the chalet, and more!

  • Gear swap
  • Sign up for programs
  • Silent auction
  • Chill on a bun & bake sale
  • Early bird discounts

Know somebody new to skiing or new to town? Bring a date!

Upcoming coaching workshops

Dates are now confirmed for this fall’s training courses. 
All lead coaches must have their Community Coach (CC) training and assistant coaches should have at least completed their Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC)
We are still seeking coaches, and especially assistant coaches, for the upcoming season. 
Coach Initiation in Sport online module
Complete it any time before Nov. 12!
Costs $15. Do this first, in your own time, if you’re taking the ICC below. It takes about an hour. You will need a Locker account to sign in: if you don’t have one, sign up, and if you’ve forgotten your info, email Ollie Williams (
Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 12. Takes up to 8 hours. With Karen Johnson
Cost: Free! This workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the supervision of more experienced coaches. If you complete the online module then take this one-day course, you have your full ICC. 
Community Coaching (CC) Workshop
Dec. 1-3. With Mary Waddell
Cost: Free! This workshop is the next step after ICC and takes coaches up to Jackrabbits level. It provides essential training for working with children aged six to nine.
All coaches need to provide a criminal records and vulnerable sector check.  For the Jackrabbit program these are valid for two years. All fees should be waived.  
Questions? Contact Alex Lothian at alothian02 @

Registration is now open!

Head to Zone4 now to take advantage of our early bird rates. 

Membership fees:

Family – $280 ($260 Early Bird)
Individual Adult – $120 ($100 Early Bird)
Individual Youth (5 – 18) – $40
Individual Child (<5) – $10

Early bird rates are in effect until after the annual Snow Show, planned for Saturday, Nov. 4. Come on out from 10 to 1 pm for our gear swap, program registration and chilli on a bun. 

Trail clearing… volunteers wanted!

Want the best ski trails grooming can provide? Help make them!

September is time for the annual fall trail-brushing blitz. Over the next month, all trails need to be cleared so that grooming can begin when the snow flies.

Two-person trail-brushing crews work half day shifts, and we can accommodate two shifts at a time. If you’ve done it before you know the drill; if not, orientation is provided.

Many hands make light work. If you have half a day to spare, please contact Chris Hotson by email at or by text at 867-445-3396.

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and AGM

Thanks everyone for the wonderful ski season. We would like to invite members to attend our Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Tuesday, June 27 starting at 5 p.m. Awards for our outstanding volunteers will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by our Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. Child care will be available starting at 7p.m. We anticipate the AGM will be less than 1 hour – painless!

Upstairs chalet renovations will be completed, so come and see the new look of the ski club while enjoying food and drinks in the sun on the deck.

We are looking for new directors on the board! Please contact if you would like more information before the AGM. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Loppet thanks!

The Yellowknife Ski Club would like to send out a heart-felt thank you to all who helped out with the Yellowknife Gold Loppet. It was a great day in the sun, and we are already looking forward to next year! Here are a few of the key volunteers and sponsors who helped make it happen.

  • TerraX Minerals, our new headline sponsor.
  • Weatherby Trucking Ltd. for finding time to clear some parking space on a very busy day.
  • The 3 a.m. groomers; Rob Tumchewics, Bruce Look, David Speakman and Steven Reitsma.
  • The chili servers from the True North Rotary Club.
  • Overlander Sports for event sign-in space.
  • Advertising and communication support from Kerry Wheler and Lisa Scott.
  • Safety riders Dave Taylor and Tom Girroir.
  • Vee Lake support from Tom Ashley.
  • Bib checks from Chris Rose, Alyssa Holland and Tamika Mulders.
  • Event planning support from Chris Joseph and John Stephenson.
  • Photography by Steve Schwartz.
  • Design support from Don Van Vliet.
  • Clean up help from Catherine Pigott and Lily-Ann Kodzin.
  • Chili from Ashley Deavu and the Kalemi Dene School.
  • Sign-in help from Mindy Willett and Pam Dunbar.
  • Checkpoint managers Leon Brady, Shawne Kokelj, Christine Scott, Cheryl Mandeville and Sarah Beattie.
  • Inventory by Anna Tumchewics.
  • Chalet host Sandra Mann.
  • Kathi Woodward and Linda Whitford for the home-baked cookies and energy bars.

And to our amazing event organizer Damian Panayi for another great Loppet!