New Nordic ski club in town

Sun Peaks is now home to a new club, and it’s already been busy planning for this year and next.

Sun Peaks is now home to a new club, and it’s already been busy planning for this year and next.
The Sun Peaks Nordic Club was formed on April 1, 2012, electing a board comprised of four executives and five directors. Gunner Rasmussen was elected president of the club.

“Twenty plus people attended the meeting,” explains director Phil Youwe. “Nancy and Al Raine were the first two members to sign up. (We’re) sitting in the 40 to 50 range (for members. That includes) people who’ve shown an interest and will be sending in those registration forms.”

The first order of business for the fledgling club was to pass a motion to approach the municipality for funding to keep the Nordic trails open until May.

“Three members of the Nordic club made a presentation to council asking to provide funding to the corporation to help offset the tracking costs,” says Youwe. “Unfortunately, although the municipality supported the idea in principle, (it was) not wanting to set a funding precedent; they were reluctant to approve.”

However, access to the Vista, McGillivray Lake and Great Grey trails loop will remain open, and will be groomed periodically throughout April by Sun Peaks Resort’s groomers.

Access to the trails is complimentary, but Youwe cautions that the area will be unpatrolled in April, so skiers are advised to avoid skiing in the early mornings when conditions are icy, ski with a friend, and contact 911 in case of distress.

And, looking toward the future for the new Nordic club, members are anticipating a busy year of events and development.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting year next year with the number of events and programs starting and especially the number of people interested in coaching,” says Youwe. “We’ll get a coaching program going for the local rabbit program for the young children that will get started up in the fall. We’ll be coordinating some clinics up here with the Overlander Ski Club, we’ll have opportunity to be on snow in early November so we’ll have some clinics then and we’ve got a number of events happening next year too. It’ll be an exciting year for Nordic.”

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