Over 120 of some of the best cross country skiers in North America will be descending on Rossland nest weekend as the city prepares to host the Haywood NorAm/Buff Sprints Race.
Hosted by the Black Jack Ski Club at their newly groomed and upgraded course north of Rossland, the NorAms are a top level cross country skiing event that attracts skiers from the U.S. and Canadian National teams.
And, with next year being an Olympic year, the race will include several 2014 Olympians as part of the Canadian World U23 Championship Team Trials.
The format for the races is a free technique sprint and a classic technique distance race. Also on this weekend will be the Teck Kootenay Cup #1 & #2 races.
Tourism Rossland executive director Deanne Steven estimated the event would bring in a total of 400 people to the city, including coaches and families.
“This event has proven to be a major economic generator for the Rossland tourism community,” she said.
“We see a terrific amount of spin-offs for accommodation, restaurants and retail during these races.”
Ian Sibbald, chief of competition for Black Jack, said the course was in great shape for the event.
“The recent snowfall has made the conditions perfect for this type of race, and we are really looking forward to showcasing our newly updated facilities,” he said.
Alex Loeb, president of Black Jack, said the NorAms were “a fantastic opportunity to share our world-class facilities.”
Black Jack is still seeking volunteers for the event for various positions and skill sets. The public is welcomed to attend these high level races, and full race details can be found on Black Jack’s website: www.skiblackjack.ca/noram.
Black Jack Cross Country ski club is Rossland’s world class Nordic ski facility whose mission is to build a community of Nordic Skiers by providing and sustaining excellence in programs and services