Some of the best figure skaters in the Kootenays will descend on Rossland this weekend.
The city will be playing host to the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition from Friday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Rossland Arena.
Hosted by the Rossland Figure Skating Club (RFSC), over 100 skaters are expected to attend the competition, with 198 entries registered in many different disciplines throughout the weekend.
The Rossland club will be joined by skaters from the Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Nelson and Grand Forks in the West Kootenay-Boundary, and from the East Kootenay the North Star Club (Kimberley), Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Columbia Valley and Revelstoke. The Okanagan’s Armstrong/Enderby and Summerland will also be there.
The event is open to the public.
Entry level is between star 1 through juvenile free skate. Ages vary as do the skating ability. Friday is a high test day, where skaters will be judged by officials on their ability to perform many different levels of dance and skills; this will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday will include events such as elements, creative free skate solos and technical interpretive programs.