Welcome to our NEW Club E-News!
Thank you for the snow!
President's Message
Sincere gratitude to Mother Nature for bestowing us with a reasonable helping of snow over the holidays and the first week of 2019. We have lots of programs starting in January and also the Banff Mountain Film Festival (see below). Please also note the trail closure (below) for the Calforex Cup on Jan 12th and 13th. See you out on the trails!
Trail Closure for Race
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club is honoured to be hosting the Calforex Cup #3 biathlon race on Sat, Jan 12 - Sun, Jan 13, 2019. Unfortunately this will mean that some trails will be closed to the public. Please refer to the trail update and map here . Thank you for your patience and understanding! Go racers!!
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Only three more sleeps! Saturday and Sunday nights are SOLD OUT but some tickets still remain for the Monday Jan 14th night - hurry hard! Tickets available at Revolution Place box office Don't forget to show up early at the College - theatre doors open at 6:30pm for general admission though every seat will be FABULOUS! See you there!
New Event! Fun Duathlon!
..... Is coming to WNSC on Sunday, Feb 3rd @ 1:00pm! A fun ski (classic or skate) + snowshoe event available in two distances - Long course (5km + 5km) or Short course (3km + 3km). You can enter as a solo and complete both disciplines or as a team of two. Full details and registration info here! Embrace Winter!!! For those seeking something more sedate ... Watch our social media for details of full moon evening skis coming in January and February plus special activities planned for Family Day! And save the date of Sat, March 9th for the Club's annual Loppet - details to follow ..
Membership Passes & Cards
Parking passes and membership cards were available for pick up at the lodge on weekends before Christmas. Those not collected have been mailed directly. If you have not received your 2018-19 pass yet, please email us. Winter 2019 and annual memberships are still available - full details here !
Trail News
Warm, cold, no snow, lots of snow! Wow! It might seem like Mother Nature is going through menopause with the fluctuating conditions that we have seen over the past couple of weeks! ;) Experienced skiers are better at judging snow conditions and which technique to use (classic or skate) on any given day. Newbies and recreational skiers are advised to monitor to trail conditions closely and heed posted warnings, especially when classic tracks are icy. Hopefully conditions will settle down now that we are into January?!? Have fun & be safe!
Wapiti Nordic Race Team
The Race Team has been busy training despite the Prince George race being cancelled due to poor snow. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Wapiti Race Challenge Series in 2019 - next race is Sun, Jan 27th! And it's never too late to join us - we have 3 spots still available and only started our season Jan 3rd. Full details on all race team activities here
Volunteer Kudos!
Congratulations to WNSC Member and long term volunteer Vashti Dunham who was awarded a WAVES Employee Grant Award from her employer Weyerhaeuser's Giving Fund. WNSC will receive $1,000 in recognition of Vashti's volunteer commitment to the Club and Grande Prairie community! And thanks to Weyerhaeuser for being such a great community supporter!
Rentals
Want to try XC skiing after a few years off? Or visiting from out of town? Equipment rentals are available from 12noon - 4pm on Saturday & Sundays at the Lodge. Full details here. All rentals on a first come basis. Get outdoors!
Adult Lessons
Adult classic and skate ski lessons dates have been selling out!! We offer Intro and Tune Up lessons plus Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate levels and even private group and individual lesson! Confirmed dates & times are available here
Kids Jackrabbits
The 2018-2019 Jackrabbit program has just started on Sat, Jan 5th. Some spaces may still be available for late registration - please email to inquire. Details on this great program and children's ski rentals are available here
Chicks on Sticks
The Chicks season got off to an icy start on Jan 3rd but will improve as more snow falls. Friendly reminder that if you need rentals, please arrive by 6:45pm so everyone can hit the snow at 7:15pm. Remember to dress in layers, wear a headlamp and bring a re-useable mug for hot chocolate! Snow shoe rentals are available Monday & Thursday nights for your non skiing friends! Find out more about Chicks here
Tanks on Planks
The Tanks have mobilized and are making tracks on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Get outdoors after work and join them for a drop in evening ski! Rentals are available for those that need them 7pm - 9pm. Find out more about this program here.
Snowshoes & Fat Bikes
Wapiti Nordic is proud to offer options for non skiers! Check out our new multiuse single track trails (watch for special signs) and specific information on our Snowshoe and Fat Bike webpages. And don't forget to download the TrailForks app!
Buy & Sell page on website
Did you know that we have a Buy & Sell page on our new website? It's a great way to repurpose old gear or pick up some gently used equipment, especially if you are starting out. Simply submit a photo and some basic info - no fee to post. Check it out here!
Pets
Now that the snow is flying, our trails are closed to dog walking. However, skiers are permitted to bring their pets on the designated " dog trails" that are part of the north trail network (North Blue, Wolf and part of Centre Blue). Sorry, dogs are not permitted on the multi use trails.
Club Governance
A complete list of our monthly Board meeting Minutes are available in the Lodge (hard copy) or on the dedicated page on our website. lf you would like to contact our Board or volunteer at the Club in some capacity please email us.
Monthly Member Survey
Check out this month's question here > Do you think a WNSC Membership offers good value? Results from the December 2018 survey question: Should there be wifi at the Lodge? 36% said Yes, plus a weather cam; 14% said Yes, for general use; 50% said No, fine without it. So it looks like an even split on those who want it and those that don't. Hmm! Stay tuned & keep involved in the process!
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club (WNSC) is a volunteer driven, membership based regional service club. We rely on the support and dedication of our volunteers at the Board, coaching and grassroots levels, along with municipal and corporate sponsors. WNSC welcomes persons of all abilities, fitness levels, ethnicity and backgrounds. We are stewards of the Crown land that our trails are located on, and operate under a recreation lease governed by Alberta Environment and Parks.
Wapiti Nordic Ski Club
62009 TWP RD 704, County of Grande Prairie