Thanks to the race organizers, sponsors and competitors who made our event such a success. Here is a link to the results from the 2016 Loppet:
Hello Jackrabbits Families – It is with great reluctance that I inform you we are cancelling the program this weekend. Our experienced leaders who have been skiing at the park this afternoon and evening are advising me that there is insufficient snow for skiing without damaging our equipment. Skate skiing, and the distances needed to provide any degree of teaching to levels 3 & 4, will be extremely difficult without injury. Any snowpack that survives this weekend’s thaw needs to be preserved to prevent damaging the trails. Peter Briand, the park superintendent, is willing to support the classes running, but has closed all trails that have hills to the public (namely, Lumby and Arrowhead Lake) because of ground exposure. Flat trails, such as Roe, are currently open at user discretion, though that will likely change as the weekend progresses. The sprint hill is “browning out” and will not be usable. Peter also advised me that he did not think any kind of skate skiing would be possible this weekend and the park would prefer not to rent any skate skis, for fear of damaging them as they break through the thinning snow.
Currently, there is enough snow to ski on in the stadium, but given that the forecast is for warm temperatures and rain, with a pre-existing snow pack that was minimal before this thaw, we anticipate the already thin snow cover to shrink and thin as the day progresses. This will make for wet, crowded classes, and ski instruction that will not be up to the par you would expect from your program. So, to repeat, we are cancelling the program this weekend, and with great reluctance and after more debates than you would believe.
We will remain optimistic that the program will run normally for the rest of the season, with a decent winter, using our extra “make up class” of March 5th to compensate for this weekend. For those who wish to ski anyway: good for you!! Please enjoy what you can. The park will be open, but you will have to ski with your own discretion, on the flat only. I appreciate that there will be parents who agree, and those who disagree, with this judgement call. Please respect that we made it only after protracted debate, and ask for your patience as we try to navigate this unusual winter.
Sincerely, Trish Wendell
Jackrabbits Program Coordinator Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club
With the snow now here, we are ready to start our winter programs. For your information, the attached file provides locations and times for all our programs.
It’s that time of year again!
Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club Sign Up Day / Ski Swap
Sunday, October 18, 2015
11 am to 1 pm
Arrowhead Provincial Park at the clubhouse (lower parking lot)
Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 3rd
Arrowhead Provincial Park
at the “Portable” in Birches parking lot
12:30 – potluck lunch (bring your own plates and cutlery, please!)
1 – 2 pm – meeting
followed by walk/hike, weather permitting!
Please come out and support your club. All are welcome!
Free draw!! If you come to the meeting, you will be entered in a draw for a free Jackrabbit program (or equivalent value applied to Track Attack or ARC)
Or win a season of Ski for Fitness adult lessons!*
(*Board members and employees of the club are not eligible.)
Secretary, Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club
Attached below are the results from last week’s elementary school race. Great work by all the participants!