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Nordic Challenge might be the perfect ‘team sport’ for pandemic-times

 | January 11, 2021

Groups of five are stacking up the kilometres in annual competition

A nordic skier and their best friend. File photo.

Groups of Sun Peaks cross country skiers are travelling far and wide, clocking in hundreds of kilometres in travel to far-off destinations such as Echo Valley and Rossland. 

Well, not literally…

These locations are among several benchmarks included in the Sun Peaks Nordic Club’s Team Destination Ski Challenge. 

Teams of five skiers pool their weekly kilometres together on a weekly basis to see how far they made it. So far six teams are taking part. 

Results are shared on a private Facebook group, allowing competitors to see how their team stacks up to the competition. The event began on Dec. 21, 2020 and will end on March 21, 2021.

The aptly-named theme of this year’s event is “closer to home.” Club vice-president and co-organizer Susan Price said the event, which has run in different forms in years past, is perfect for our challenging COVID-19 times. 

“With COVID and social distancing, it’s an ideal opportunity to be out enjoying our amazing winter wonderland,” said Price. “If you’re in a track, and the other person is in the track beside you, you’re well beyond your two meters, or even three meters apart.” 

Price and co-organizer Brenda Wilkinson added that tracking your mileage is motivating for participants. Last week, one team clocked in just over 500 kilometres.

Beyond bragging rights, the club is offering prizes for the top-three teams. While details are being sorted out, this will include a gift basket from Echo Valley Lodge valued at $250. 

In addition there will be a special Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) “poker run” and 50-50 raffle.

More information on the Team Destination can be found here.

The nordic club is also hosting an individual challenge, which can be viewed here. So far, it only has one participant.

Taking part in either challenge is free for members of the club. Membership to the Sun Peaks Nordic Club costs $20. 

To sign up for the team challenge or individual challenge you can reach out to Brenda Wilkinson at (604) 989-3144.