On the trail of winter

Blackjack has been able to complete much needed trail improvements that will result in earlier and better skiing for everyone.

With snow already reported on the highway passes, is it too early to start thinking about skinny skiing?

Not really. There are lots of updates, including significant cross country trail upgrades that will allow people to start skiing sooner. And after a multi-year hiatus, Ophir Trail is back.

Early bird membership registration is now open.

Recent trail upgrades

Thanks to fantastic community support, the Blackjack Cross Country Ski Club has been able to complete much needed trail improvements that will result in earlier and better skiing for everyone. (People may remember the many puddles, ruts, and muddy sections last Nov/Dec that resulted in trail closures, a delayed season start, and the postponement of the Kootenay Cup.).

And after a multi-year hiatus, Ophir Trail is back. Yes, still a breathtaking climb, but the spectacular views are worth it.

The upgraded trails will certainly be showcased at the upcoming Haywood NorAm and Junior U23 World Championship Trials in December, when hundreds of the top cross country skiers from across North America will descend on Rossland.

Many of the upgrades were required in order to comply with FIS specs, allowing the club to continue hosting international events.

There have also been some tweaks amde to the existing Doggy Loop, making it more continuous, more “flowy,” and longer (2.2 kilometres).

Check out the new half-price “Doggy-Loop-Only” season pass.

 

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