For the Bulletin
Although skiers have enjoyed over a week of cross-country skiing, Kimberley Nordic Club officially opened Dec 3 for the season. With 18 cm of snow so far grooming was not possible with the new Prinoth BR 350 purchased this fall, but the trails were packed and track set with the Ginzu groomer.
Skiers were able to enjoy both classic or skate skiing with good early season conditions, but there was plenty more happening.
The Kimberley Master’s Club held the 2nd annual ski swap. This allowed members to sell and buy equipment with a percentage of the sale going to the club.
The Kimberley Nordic Racers held a bake sale to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Proceeds will assist the racers as they travel to competitions throughout the province and nationally. Skiers could also get their skis hot waxed and ready for the season.
At the same time the club hosted a ski-waxing workshop. Eight club wax technicians and coaches from around the region attend the three-day session. The clinic was lead by Graham MacLean, former National Ski team Wax Technician, currently Coordinator of Cross Country BC Technical Service and Assistant Coach. He brought a wealth of knowledge and has worked with several Olympic Ski champions.
It was great start to the season, a few more centimeters of snow and trails will be in excellent condition. For more information check out Face book and the new website which features live grooming reports.
The Kimberley Nordic network is a first class facility consisting of a variety of Snowcat groomed trails complete with double track, single track and a centre skating lane. There are also narrow single-track trails to accommodate the more adventuresome bushwhacker. These trails set and not, are of varying degrees of difficulty and length to accommodate all levels of Nordic skiers. The modern facility includes a comfortable 1,200 sq ft lodge with washrooms, a racer’s warming/waxing hut, 30 km of groomed dbl track trails, a 3.3 kilometer lit loop for night skiing, a one kilometer lit sprint loop and 6.5 km of single-track trails. The facility also has some trails specifically constructed to be Paralympic skiing friendly.