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 (nwtski@gmail.com).
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 @ yahoo.ca.

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 christopherhotson@yahoo.ca 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 ykskiclubpresident@gmail.com 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! 


Yellowknife Gold Loppet

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. Continue reading

Yellowknife Ski Races

The Yellowknife Ski Races are an annual event to meet skiers from other clubs, gain race experience, and have a good time. This is a family event, with categories for all ages. Anyone is eligible to enter (you don’t even have to be club member), or just drop by to watch and make some noise. Races held February 25 and 26, and come out for Coffeelicious’s specialty coffee in the chalet on Saturday 12:30-3:30 for a ski club subsidized $3. Continue reading

NWT Ski Day

Celebrate NWT Ski Day Sunday, February 12 at the Yellowknife Ski Club. Thanks to NWT Recreation and Parks and the Get Active program, the ski club is offering free trails access all day Sunday and invites members and non-members to join us on the ski trails. We’ll have heart smart snacks and self-serve refreshments in the chalet starting at 10 a.m.

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