Almost loppet time
This year’s loppet, being held on Saturday, Feb. 22 is the 30th annual for the club and promises to be a lot of fun.
The loppet is all about participation and is for all ages. The more the merrier.
Distance options for adults include 30 kilometres and 10 km, including a fun team event where teams of three start and finish the 10 km together.
Need a gentle nudge? All loppet participants will be entered into a draw for a Red Mountain 3Pac and a 2014/15 season pass for Black Jack.
There are already 10 people registered for the 10 km and 16 people registered for the 30 km. For details, course maps, and registration, go to http://www.skiblackjack.ca/loppet.
Skier development program update
With about 70 kids ranging in age between three and 12, the Jackrabbits and Bunnies program at Black Jack Ski Club is definitely hopping.
There are lots of returning families and many new ones in the program and have had great sessions on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
With several sessions under their belt already, the young Bunnies (age three to five) are mastering their stand ups and star turns, and there might have been a bit of weight transfer when they sprinted to meet Santa over the holidays.
The Jackrabbits are getting introduced to skating and will be session-ing on skate every other week now. Level 3 groups are learning the one-skate, while the level 4’s are trying the off-set.
Of course, no session is complete without a few laps of one of the awesome terrain parks that are precisely groomed each week.
This program is intended to nurture a love of Nordic skiing as a lifetime sport and is made possible by the incredible efforts of the club membership and the volunteer commitment of coaches and parents.
There are 699 season pass members so far this year, the club’s second highest ever.
It’s now the fifth year in a row for the club to have over 600 members. Members are generally from within a two-hour radius, including Nelson, Winlaw, Kaslo, Grand Forks, Creston and Spokane.