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Sports archive for January 27, 2014

Air North announces support for ski club

Cross Country Yukon and Air North have entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Cross Country Yukon and Air North have entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement that will see the Yukon airline provide support to both the ski club and its athletes.

Air North will provide an average of 800 litres of diesel fuel per month during the ski season and subsidize the cost of travel for Yukon skiers to attend out-of-territory events.

Through their donation of fuel, the airline is taking a green approach with diesel that would otherwise be wasted. The fuel will be used to operate grooming equipment and heat the equipment storage building at the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club.

The contribution is a significant one for the club, which has a high annual expenditure on fuel for trail grooming.

Air North also intends to provide support for skiers traveling to competitions across Canada. One in 10 round-trip tickets will be donated and baggage fees will be waived for ski bags used by athletes and coaches.

Travel to Outside competitions is deemed essential for continued athletic development.

Success stories include Olympian Emily Nishikawa, her brother Graham – a top talent on the NorAm circuit – and Knute Johnsgaard and Dahria Beatty, who are currently competing at the world championships in Italy.

The airline’s sponsorship also includes the annual Air North Challenge, which begins Feb. 1.

Air North destinations with an orienteering twist will be the theme of this year’s event, which encourages skiers to explore the nordic trails offered by the ski club.

­At least one lucky skier will win tickets to an Air North destination. Winners will be announced March 1.

While the majority of skiers use the most popular trails at Mount McIntyre (Dog, Copper and Selwyn’s Loop), they are missing out on some great skiing on Lower Valley, Powerline, Raven and the rest of the 85 km of groomed trail and 20 km of single track.

The Air North Challenge tasks skiers with finding the airport code controls along the ski trails and punching the control card.

The control points are marked with the familiar orange and white orienteering controls. A unique punch and airport code will identify each control point.

There are categories for skiers young and old, novice to expert, and a special category for snowshoers. Visit http://www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca for more details.

All participants who complete the challenge will be eligible for the main prize, a trip for two to Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver.

Second prize is a club membership for next season and third is a junior membership. Additional draw prizes will be provided by the ski club.

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