By K.A. Pendergast
The temperature in the valley was a cool -3 degrees, damp and foggy. The drive up the hill took only a bit more than five minutes to the Candle Creek trails to see a stunningly beautiful afternoon.
The temperature oddly enough was at least three degrees warmer at the Candle Creek Trails. Such a strange thing when usually the higher you travel the cooler it gets. That generalization of the temperature range doesn’t normally need to take into account the difference between fog and sunshine. The bright contrast of the sunshine made a breathtaking backdrop against the blindingly bright snow and there were sunglasses needed.
The ages ranged from four years-old to approximately 70 years and older for the skiers and snowshoers. It was a friendly and fun-filled event for everyone involved. The tracks for the skiers were beautifully groomed and the snowshoe trails were well packed to make the going not too difficult even for some of the beginners who showed.
There were hosts available for those beginners who needed help with their trails and equipment. There were no fees taken for the activities either. The crowd brought appetizers and drinks to share during the gathering at the hut afterwards and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.
What a great way to meet new ski and snowshoe buddies and celebrate our wonderful facilities. Thank you to the Wells Gray Outdoors Club for a great afternoon!