Kimberley Nordic Club and Teck host dry land camp in Kimberley

Kimberley Nordic Club and Teck host dry land camp in Kimberley

Cross country skiers around the region can smell snow in the air and are busy preparing for the coming ski season.

A number of them converged on Kimberley this past weekend for the annual Fall Dryland Camp hosted by TECK, Cross Country BC, and the Kimberley Nordic Club (KNC). Despite all of the COVID restrictions in sports, the KNC was able to safely host a regional camp on the weekend of Sept 25th-27th.

By separating the groups into two different cohorts, the KNC ended up with 27 Track Attack Program kids aged 9-12 years old with 7 coaches, and 36 Junior Racers 13-18 years old with 9 coaches. Clubs from Rossland, Nelson, Golden, Invermere, Fernie, and Kimberley took part in this great event. COVID precautions included having all activities outside with use of the lodge only for washrooms, masks for many activities, physical distancing, and a catered outdoor meal with individually portioned meals provided by Julie St. Jean from Julie’s Cook Shack.

One of the intentions of the weekend was to further develop skill sets on roller skis, which closely match the actions of skate skiing. The youth buzzed around two identical parallel obstacle courses (creating some fun head-to-head races), did a 3.8km uphill time trial from Gym 67 to the Nordic Club, and some athletes even went for a long ski down the Rails 2 Trails on Sunday morning, covering up to 60+ kms.

Skiers also engaged in a training session with Shenoa Runge that focused on core development, balance, and strength using the skiers’ own body weight. Other activities included trail running and team-building games. The 9-12y age group completed an orienteering session on the KNC trail network with Jim Webster from Kootenay Orienteering Club. On Saturday, local yoga and meditation instructor Kirsten Guest led an outdoor breathing and visualization exercise. The youth were so quiet and relaxed that they did not notice a blue grouse land in their midst in the middle of the session! Sunday morning activities included a trail run for those older athletes who did not roller ski to Cranbrook and a hike up the ski hill and down Musser’s Plateau for the younger athletes..

KNC was fortunate to have Maya MacIsaac-Jones (Canadian World Cup skier) from Canmore and coach Graham MacLean from Cross Country BC join us as guest coaches, along with the head coaches from all of the regional clubs. The contributions from all of these coaches made for an amazing weekend of learning for these young skiers.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wolf photo by Brian Hay
2020 hunting season review and wildlife update: Part III

This is Part III of a three-part series by F.J. Hurtak, looking at the issues of the 2020 hunting and wildlife management season

A juvenile sturgeon in a B.C. rearing facility. The wild population in the Upper Columbia is estimated at 1,100 individuals, enhanced with roughly 5,500 hatchery fish. (file photo)
B.C.’s Upper Columbia sturgeon endure long battle with local extinction

Decades of monitoring and intervention is ongoing to save the prehistoric fish

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

Kimberley Alpine Resort's main chairlift will be down for at least a few more days, as the required part missed its connecting flight.
Kimberley Alpine Resort’s chairlift repair delayed

Part needed for repair missed connecting flight in Amsterdam

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

A 17-year-old snowmobiler used his backcountry survival sense in preparation to spend the night on the mountain near 100 Mile House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 after getting lost. (South Cariboo Search and Rescue Facebook photo)
Teen praised for backcountry survival skills after getting lost in B.C.’s Cariboo mountains

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

A passer by walks in High Park, in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
‘Blue Monday’ getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

Many jurisdictions are tightening restrictions to curb soaring COVID-19 case counts

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)

Most Read