We've been having some fantastic bluebird days this past week and the snow is in superb condition. I took advantage of the crystal clear days and nights to go out on my first EVER Nordic ski. I tagged along with the group heading out on the Full Moon Ski to McGillivray Lake Cabin.It was a perfect evening for it; the sun was just settling in for the night and the moon was in full glow, lighting the path so well that we didn't need to use our headlamps on the ski out to the cabin. As a first timer I managed to work out a good rhythm for the flats however the hills proved a challenging task but Phil Youwe (Nordic coordinator) gave me a few tips on the best approach to the uphill and down hill. Short quick steps putting pressure on each ski as I stepped uphill and on the downhill taking one foot out of the tracks and keeping my knees bent as I attempt to slice the pizza on the way down... It worked out very well as I only fell twice. We arrived at the cabin just as the fire started roaring and wieners were ready to be cooked. I took advantage of the clear night to take a few long exposure photos then dug in to the food; the chocolate fondue was a delicious treat and was the perfect fuel for the return ski back to the village.Heading back off into the still night was such a peaceful and surreal feeling, gliding through the trees it felt like you were the only one out there! But we would stop at certain points for the group to catch up. When we arrived back at the parking lot everyone was absolutely thrilled with the evening. Friederike (from Germany) and Cinzia (from Switzerland) were both stoked on the whole experience as well as Sun peaks Resort as a whole. Being my very first Nordic adventure I was sold and can't wait to get back out on the trails!Our Nordic Program has grown this year with the appointment of the first Nordic Ski Coordinator position. We held Nordic Ski Camps on Jan. 28 and 29th which were extremely successful; everybody learned some great improvements on their classic and skating techniques.We have also developed a Nordic Ski Program for the local school which is called the Discovery Center. We are teaching Nordic skiing to approx. 24 kids from grades 2-6.Our program started on Feb. 8 and runs on Feb. 15 and 29th.Over the 2011–12 season, as well as the camps there are an assortment of new and popular activities on the Nordic Skiing events calendar such as the 3rd Annual Kookaburra Cup and still to come this season the Nordic Lunch Seminar with a focus on attire, equipment & waxing, The Holy Cow Nordic Loppet which is going to be a very fun day, the Nordic Lunch Seminar covering nutrition & hydration and on March 7 is the final Full Moon Nordic Ski out to McGillivray Lake Cabin. I would defiantly recommend signing up, as it is an amazing and tranquil experience one not to be missed!
For people interested in Nordic Skiing at Sun Peaks; there is also an introductory meeting on Feb. 26 at 4:00 PM in Bentos to discuss the forming of a Nordic Ski Club at Sun Peaks. If you are interested please feel free to attend and bring a friend. To make a reservation on any of our Nordic programs or for further information please contact the Sports School on 250-578-5505.See you on the trails!Hayden
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