With work done, it’s time to play on the Nordic trails

Anticipating a successful season on the trails, there’s been a lot of work done in the sphere of Nordic skiing at Sun Peaks from inside to outside, clinics to competitions.

The Nordic Centre is in place at the west end of P5, and its finishing touches are just being made. The building will house a boot change area, a waxing bench, rental and retail, as well as acting as the hub for Nordic lessons. Additionally, about half of the facility will be open space for the public to sit, rest, and visit.

The work didn’t end with a new Nordic home, though.

“We’ve had a very successful late fall season on doing some tune-up on the Nordic trails,” explains Phil Youwe, Nordic coordinator for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation (SPRC).

That tune-up spanned hand pruning runs to excavator work on the tricky sections of Holy Cow.

“We realigned the Holy Cow corners so it’s much safer and more user friendly,” explains Seth Worthen, slopes manager for SPRC. “That was a big project. We widened out the corners, and so instead of an ‘s’ it’s a big ‘c’ now.”

The Nordic Club hosted a volunteer work party and hand brushed Great Grey, while SPRC mechanically brushed 70 per cent of the trails, removing the willows and alders that were encroaching on the runs, and widened out the junctions.

“I think the skiing public will be very excited about the (increased) openness of the trails and less brush,” says Youwe. “The trails are waiting for skiers.”

And, there’s a wide selection of Nordic skiing options this year.

Building on the success of last season’s Nordic camp, two clinics will be offered this year on December 8 and 9 and on January 19 and 20. The camps will be hosted by expert coaches and instructors.

Coaching clinics for the youth rabbit program are also underway. The club hosted an introduction to community coaching clinic in October, and will follow up with an intermediate clinic from November 23 to 25. Youwe explains that there are other introductory clinics available in the area prior to the upcoming intermediate course for anyone who wants to meet the prerequisite.

Two loppets will also be held, one on January 6 and a second on February 24.

“I’m looking forward to a lot of enthusiastic skiers hitting the trails, and just a lot of neat things developing with the Nordic club and the camps,” says Youwe. “I think it’s going to be an exceptionally fun year with lots of excitement happening on Nordic.”

For members of the public interested in learning more about the Sun Peaks Nordic Club, a club open house will take place on Friday, November 16 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Nordic Centre. This is not an official opening for the facility, but instead a club function hosted in the new building. There are presently over 100 members of the Nordic Club, and its executive is hoping for 120 as the ski season gets underway.

For more information e-mail: nordic@sunpeaksresort.com

About Kirsten Flinn

Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill, and a BEd from TRU. She started the teaching program when her daughter was six months old, and finished it when she was pregnant with her son. In lieu of teaching in a classroom, she spends most of her time being a mom.