Ski races, loppet, FB50 and more!


Upcoming events:
  • Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13, 2022 – YK Ski Races
  • Saturday, March 19th, 2022 – Frostbit 50
  • Saturday & Sunday March 26 & 27, 2022 – PABs XC Ski Races
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Yellowknife Gold Loppet
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Nordic Cross
  • Monday, April 11, 2022 – SKIGO BINGO
Stay tuned for more updates coming your way on changes to Public Health Orders impact on the Club, YKSC Toques and Headbands for sale and more!

Frostbite 50 Training Group Completes Their longest Ski!

The FB50 Training Group set out on February 27th for a 40 km ski. The route started from Government Docks and go to Dettah, across Akaitcho Bay, into Bear Lake, north to Mason Lake, Duck, Hay Lake, back to the Government Docks. This expedition included trail breaking from Bear Lake until the exit off Duck Lake.

Here are some photos from one of the members, Tyler Acorn. 

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NWT Territorial Championships

The  NWT Territorial Championships are taking place Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13, 2022. Racers from across the north will participate in this fun event.  Register by Wednesday, March 9th on zone4.ca. Read the race notice for full details here.

Volunteers are still needed, check out opportunities to lend a hand on our sign-up sheet here.

Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits Enjoy a Ski Under the Stars

The Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits take their skiing under a starlit sky recently. They had a great turnout, and for many, their first time skiing at night! 

Frostbite 50 Volunteers Needed!

The Frostbite 50 is taking place March 19th and they’re still looking for volunteers and participants! Consider signing up as a skier and adding a friend as a volunteer to help keep you honest about your Saturday activities and to encourage you with snacks.

Volunteer Opportunities Remaining Include:
– Safety Riders (With skidoo) 
– Checkpoint hosts
– Greets at the finish line to hand out badges and record times
– Chili server

Sign up as a volunteer or participant at www.frostbite50.com

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YKSC’s Very Own Weather Station & Report

We have a new addition on the website you might have noticed:  

This links to a weather report from a weather unit that is located on the rock just to north of Chalet. Chris Cameron with the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society loaned the unit and set it up. It was Chris`s initiative to offer the unit and service. So the next time you are curious about the weather conditions at the Ski Club, make sure you check it out!


Photo: Chris Cameron, Bob Johnson, Ian Rennie, and Kate Cannell

The Yellowknife Gold Loppet Volunteers Needed! (edited with a few new roles!)

What: The Yellowknife Gold Loppet, sponsored by GoldTerra with support from CCNWT is a non-race ski event for all ages and experience levels. It is the biggest ski event of the year!
When: Sunday April 3
Where: We are returning to the traditional Vee Lake site with our specially-groomed route through Vee, Jackson, Walsh and Banting lakes! (4, 15 or 25 km ski routes)
Contact: ykskiclubvolunteerdirector@gmail.com (Alyssa Titus and Sarah Beattie, Loppet Co-Coordinators)

Volunteer positions needed:

1) Checkpoint volunteers at the Jackson Lake checkpoint Number needed: 3-4 volunteers Time commitment: Full-day on Loppet Day, April 3, approx 8-4 (could be split into half-day shifts; especially if you have your own snow machine transport) Description: Greet and help skiers at the checkpoint; track skiers’ bib numbers and relay to YARS radio service personnel standing by; organize refreshments (distribute the famous cookies!); chat and hear about how everyone’s ski is going! Facilities: Outdoors; tables with snacks and juice; small pop-up shelter. Bring: Warm clothes for being outside all day.

2) Checkpoint volunteers at the Banting Lake checkpoint Number needed: 3-4 volunteers Time commitment: Full-day on Loppet Day, April 3, approx 8-4 (could be split into half-day shifts; especially if you have your own snow machine transport) Description: Greet and help skiers at the checkpoint; track skiers’ bib numbers and relay to YARS radio service personnel standing by; heat and serve the soup, hot chocolate/juice/water and snacks; keep fires going in the tent and outdoors; chat and hear about how everyone’s ski is going. There is the added optional bonus of staying out at the Banting Lake wall-tent overnight for the weekend if you would like a mini-getaway! Ski (or drive partway) in to Banting at the start of the weekend, sleep overnight Saturday, then volunteer as Loppet skiers come through on Sunday. Facilities: Banting Lake wall tent (comes with full kitchen gear); firepit; outhouse. http://skiyellowknife.com/club-facilities/banting-lake-tent/ Bring: Warm clothes for being outside all day.

3) Snow machine Support Number needed: 1-2 volunteers Time commitment: Full-day on Loppet Day, April 3, approx 8-5 Description: Patrol the course with our seasoned Loppet Support Lead, Dave Taylor. Bring: Must bring your own snow machine; gas will be provided.

4) Start Line/Finish Line Volunteers Number needed: 8+ volunteers Time commitment: 2 hour shift on Loppet Day, April 3 (various times between 8:30-4:30) Description: Track skiers’ bib numbers and relay to YARS radio service personnel standing by. Give instructions/directions at the Start Line. Coordinate last minute event package pickup at the start line. Bring: Warm clothes for standing outside (on a potentially windy Vee Lake)!

5) Expediting: Gear Planner and Organizer People needed: 1-2 Time commitment: One or two half-days in March. Can also help on Loppet Day, but not necessary. (Go ski the Loppet!) Description: Organize and re-stock the gear boxes for each Loppet station/checkpoint. Does organizing gear and planning logistics appeal to you? Come learn from our past Expediters and carry the torch!

6) Expediting: Vehicle support – gear and personnel transport People needed: 2-3 Time commitment: Several hours April 3, either morning setup or afternoon cleanup (can ski the Loppet between!) Description: Transport gear to/from town to the Vee Lake site, and transport gear and volunteers to/from the various stations and checkpoints around the course. Bring: Your own truck or snowmachine; we will need at least one person with each.

7) Registration Package Pickup – Volunteer Shifts Number needed: 6-8 volunteers Time commitment: 2 hours, Saturday April 2 Description: Hand out registration packages; answer pre-event questions (resource available). Indoors at Overlander. More positions will likely come up over the next few weeks – stay tuned. Registration will open early March on www.zone4.ca – keep an eye out on the website/facebook/newsletter.

PABs Cross Country Ski Races in Hay River

Looking for some fun skiing plans the end of March, check out the 2nd Annual PABs Ski Races in Hay River.

(Photo: Coco Otsuka gets ready to take the Snowflake short cut)

Some more ‘trailvia’ we hope you find useful in your conversations this week: While February was officially Indigenous Language month, the Club has for a long time continuously recognized the Tlicho language with a couple of location names.

Beginner skiers will be familiar with Gabah Hill at the beginning of the Snowflake trail short cut just after the 1K trail turns around. Gabah means ptarmigan, a bird that doesn’t bother you when you pass by but may make a gabah-like sound. Check it out https://youtu.be/u5wDEk1aF3U. For sure, a very appropriate name and much easier to spell.

But hold on for the really long, steep climb off the north end of Fault Lake. It’s called Sah Cho Hill. That means “big bear” and a bear of a climb it really is. Whew. Once again, a very true name.

So now you can practice a bit of a new-to-you language as you pass those signs!