After what seemed like an early start to the cross-country ski season, recent warm weather has set things back for Wells Gray Outdoors Club.
Nevertheless, there is still a base of snow at the Candle Creek trails and plans are progressing for the rest of the season, according to club president Wes Bieber and registrar Hazel Wadlegger.
First event on the calendar will be a snow crasher and open house on Sunday, Dec. 28.
Participants should meet at the Candle Creek chalet at 1:30 p.m. to head out on the trails on their own or join one of the ski “hosts” who will be leading groups organized by level of fitness and skiing ability. There will be supervised children’s activities near the chalet as well.
After skiing, participants will meet back at the chalet for an Apres Ski social, with apples, hot chocolate and more. They can chat with some local experts, find a new ski buddy, get some waxing tips, or just sit an enjoy the warmth of the fire. It will be a chance for longtime members to reconnect and for newer members (and not-yet members) to get to know other skiers in the area. Car pooling will be available and is encouraged. Members are asked to bring a friend and a favorite appetizer to share.
The Rabbits program for young skiers ages four to 14 will begin on Saturday, Jan. 3. The club is always looking for parents to get involved and help the coaches (or become coaches themselves).
Although the program is not geared towards competition, there will be at least one opportunity to travel to races at either Sun Peaks or Kamloops.
On Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be a moonlight ski. The event will start in the late afternoon.
The annual Birch Leg cross-country ski event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7. Participants are invited to dress up in Viking costume before taking to the ski trails. An authentic Scandinavian lunch will be served.
Wells Gray Outdoor Club will continue to support the cross-country ski program at Raft River Elementary School.
As conditions permit, the club will track-set the trails at North Thompson Provincial Park as well.
More information about the club as well as trail updates are available at the club’s Facebook page and at www.wellsgrayoutdoorsclub.ca.