Rossland ready to host NorAm race next weekend

Over 120 of some of the best cross country skiers in North America will be descending on Rossland nest weekend.

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

 

Just Posted

Nine fires burning in West Kootenay

All fires considered to be lightning caused.

West Kootenay afternoon storms spark fires

Lots of thunder and lightning, and little rain, as system moves through region

PLACE NAMES: Rossland neighbourhoods, Part 2

Early Rossland’s misaligned townsite additions frustrated the city engineer

Webster students find missing man

Man reported missing from his Warfield home Wednesday night

Getting to know you better: Rossland kids spend day with nature

Third annual bio-blitz brings kids more environmental awareness

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Most Read