Training and planning for Alpine Club

SPAC - Mount Hood
Mount Hood. Photo courtesy Montana Molyneux.

While there may not be much snow around, the Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) is still keeping busy by taking advantage of training programs and setting plans in motion for another successful winter season.

Montana Molyneux, head coach for SPAC, has been on the road recently — travelling to Mount Hood in Oregon for training.

“I’ve been doing some professional development for coaching, so I went down to Mount Hood with the B.C. ski team and had the chance to work with their coaches and athletes,” she said.

“It was a really good experience, getting to work with some older age groups and some higher level athletes. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring some of that back to Sun Peaks.”

While SPAC usually heads to Whistler for summer training, the extra warm summer has led to poor snow conditions and this year’s camp has been cancelled. Instead, SPAC held a dryland training camp in Kamloops from August 4 to 6.

“We’re doing a lot of biking and a few different activities to keep athletes moving,” Molyneux said.

Planning for winter is ongoing, with Molyneux hoping to finalize programs and hiring over the next few months. “Hopefully we’ll have all the right coaches in the right place by September.”

And SPAC is already looking forward to their big pre-season Oktoberfest fundraiser.

“It’s always a really cool event. It’s our first chance to all get back together, and it usually sells out pretty quickly.”