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Increase in Nordic skiing continues at Sun PeaksDecember 6, 2013: Enrollment up in this weekend’s Glen Bond Nordic Camps and Nordic season pass sales continue to increase
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Sun Peaks, BC - The trend of increased interest and participation in Nordic skiing is evident at Sun Peaks this winter, with enrollment in the Glen Bond Nordic Camps up by 100 per cent over last year. The second of two Glen Bond Nordic Camps takes place on the resort’s extensive Nordic network this weekend, followed by Sun Peaks’ Nordic camps, lessons and tours throughout the winter.
This fall, Sun Peaks saw a steady increase in the number of Nordic season pass sales with overall numbers increasing 13 per cent over last year with consistent growth across all age categories. Since its earliest opening ever on November 8 this winter, Sun Peaks’ Nordic trails have seen a large number of skiers and excellent early season conditions.
“If we look at the people and families out on the cross country trails, joining the camps and enrolling in the local Jack Rabbits kids’ Nordic program, they are guests who share a love of outdoor activity and value fitness,” says Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks. “We have also seen an increase in the number of people buying a dual alpine and Nordic season pass and splitting their day between the two recreations.”
Sun Peaks Resort has created an alpine-Nordic combination day ticket specifically in response to guests looking to do both activities in one day.
For the third consecutive year, Sun Peaks will be offering two Nordic camps on December 14 and 15, 2013 and on January 18 and 19, 2014. The camps are perfectly tailored for all ability levels with extensive skill and technique development led by a team of professional Nordic coaches. The camps include three hours of daily instruction, video analysis, a catered lunch and a Friday night social with coaches and camp participants.
“These camps are the talk of the Nordic world and are a great way to treat yourself to a weekend of fun and learning with other Nordic skiers,” says Phil Youwe, Nordic coordinator for Sun Peaks Resort. “Spoil yourself, your partner or both, and we’ll see you on the Nordic trails at Sun Peaks.”
For an extra special Nordic experience, guests can participate in the Moonlight Nordic Ski and Fondue tour, held to coincide with the lunar calendar. Guests enjoy a guided Nordic ski to the McGillivray Lake Outpost under the light of a full moon and starry night sky. They are greeted at the warm cabin with a cup of hot mulled cider followed by a hearty bowl of chili and a decadent fruit and chocolate fondue. The evening also includes live acoustic guitar and interpretive star gazing on the return to the village.
Those looking for some competitive fun can participate in two loppets this winter. Both race days include categories and course lengths for all ages and different ability levels. The 5th Annual Kookaburra Cup (part of the Sun Peaks Family Cup celebrations) takes place on January 12, 2014. The Holy Cow Loppet utilizes Sun Peaks’ rare lift accessed Nordic trail and takes place on February 23, 2014.
For information on all Sun Peaks’ Nordic programs, lessons and tours go to www.SunPeaksResort.com/winter/nordic.
Sun Peaks Nordic Events
December 2–6: Glenn Bond Monday to Friday Nordic Ski Camp
December 7–8: Glenn Bond Weekend Nordic Ski Camp
December 14–15: Sun Peaks Nordic Ski Camp
December 30: Starlight Nordic Ski and Chocolate Fondue
January 12: 5th Annual Sun Peaks Kookaburra Cup Nordic Loppet
January 18–19: Sun Peaks Nordic Ski Camp
February 15: Full Moon Nordic Ski and Chocolate Fondue
February 16: Full Moon Nordic Ski and Chocolate Fondue
February 23: Holy Cow Nordic Loppet
March 15: Full Moon Nordic Ski and Chocolate Fondue