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Ski club launches new programs

Two new programs are hitting the trails at the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club.

By Whitehorse Star on January 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Two new programs are hitting the trails at the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club.

The first is an Adventure Program for young skiers ages 12 to 14.

This is a non-competitive program to introduce young skiers to a variety of Nordic activities – cross-country skiing on trails, backcountry skiing, and even some telemark skiing and skijouring. 

Program emphasis is on basic skill development in a social environment. 

The program begins next week, running Monday and Wednesday evenings at the ski club, alongside weekend excursions in the Whitehorse area. The program will run until mid-April.

For younger skiers, the club will be hosting a Spring Break Day Camp.

Running from March 5 to 7, the camp will offer a three-day program for kids aged nine to 12 and a one-day session on March 7 for children ages six to 12.

The camp will feature games, events and tournaments for the budding young skiers at the Whitehorse Nordic Centre, wrapping up with a bonfire and marshmallow roast out on the trails.

Minimal ski experience is required for either program.

To register, contact programs manager Sarah Murray at 668-4477 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The following trail report was released by the Whitehorse Nordic Centre yesterday:

The trails are in great shape.

Copper to the Gravel Pit, Upper Valley, Selwyn’s Loop, Lynx, the World Cup 10 km, Olympic, the stadium and the lit trails were groomed this morning and are excellent for classic and skate skiing.

Raven, Whiskey Jack, Powerline, Cox Leg, 7.5 km, World Cup 5 km, Dog, Sundog, Jeff Link and Logan Burn were groomed Wednesday.

Due to problems with the Valleyview Reservoir, there will be a disruption to the area in front of the Chalet.

There will be a large drain hose crossing Skookum/Stadium trail from the Mt. McIntyre parking lot to the Canada Games Centre. The work will take two to three days, so please use caution in the parking lot.

Skiers using the Dog Trail and starting from the parking area are reminded that day passes or season passes (memberships) are required to use the trails.

A safety note for night-time skiers, especially those with dogs – even if you ski without a headlight, it is a good idea to have a small light on your dog and a light or reflective patches on yourself.

Day passes and Try our Trails packages are available at the Ski Base. Sign up for a membership online at to save $5.

Wax Suggestions: Grip wax for today is Rode Blue. If more grip is needed, use Super Blue.

Further event and program information is as follows:

The LDAY Snowshoe Loppet is set for Feb. 3.

The Air North Challenge starts Feb. 1, and details on this challenge will be announced soon.

Registration is now open for the 30th-annual Northwestel Yukon Loppet, set for Feb. 23.

Adult lessons are offered by Aurora Ski School, Performance Ski School and Stride and Glide. Call the club at 668-4477 for more information.

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