Cataline Challenge Results & Thanks!

Thanks to all who participated in the second annual Cataline Challenge. This year we had 20 different skiers do 27 laps of the 7.4 km course over 48 hours. Fastest time was Anika Wallin completing the course in 25min and 20 seconds. Seven other skiers completed it in under 41 min – Sean Donahue, Betty Donahue Rodger Hamilton, Roy Keats, Matt Burkey, Bev Rooke, and Nadia Wallin.  The fastest “non-racer” time in the 48 hour event was Sean Donahue.

Nice work to everyone who skied the loop and thank you to our groomers, and to Bev for organizing this!

A big thank you to Red Shreds, Cycle Logic and Caribou Ski Source for Sports for their donations of draw prizes. Winners of the random draws will be contacted directly.

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Annual Fundraiser for Finishing of Construction Projects

It’s happening! From no view (sorry warming hut) to full on Southern exposure down the expanse of our stadium. And downstairs, a fully functional equipment rental facility, no more mice, musty odors or arduous shuffling of equipment. A bonus from any view!

But the view Broadens further, for our sights are set on moving the sea-can on and replacing it with a storage shed fit for the never tiring crew and equipment.  A fact, not just a point of view!  We are most anxious to build a structure which can finally house our grooming equipment so that our groomers no longer have to struggle with cramming snow machines into restricted space with no ventilation causing the equipment to freeze to the floor of the building and shortening the life of the equipment and the patience of the groomers.

Construction of the new Lodge begins this spring. But, we have yet to raise the funds to fully bring to completion this ambition. One which embraces and engages our similarly broadening community, young and old, in the most welcoming and healthy manner. Can you help us even in the smallest way? Collectively we change the view!

Once again Nordiq Canada is sponsoring a fund raising campaign on behalf of Cross Country Ski Clubs across Canada. With their support we are able to offer Charitable Donation receipts to Donors which we are normally not able to do. The campaign runs until March 21 so please take advantage while you can.

We have received generous funding for the new Lodge Structure, but not enough to complete the final finishing. These new projects will be game changers for our club and will improve program delivery and social interaction within the community.

We are asking our membership and the community at large to support us in this endeavor. Even the smallest of contributions is greatly appreciated and brings us a step closer to our goal. Please share this request with any and all who you think may believe this is a worthwhile community aspiration.

Donate at:  Annual Club Fundraiser 2022 – Be Part Of A Broader View – Canadahelps

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Ski & Snowshoe Rentals Now Available

Our call has been answered and as a result, we have been able to set up a ski rental schedule for the season.  Rentals will be available:  Friday evenings, 6pm – 8:30 pm…..Saturdays, 12 pm – 3:00 pm…..Sundays, 11:30 am – 4 pm.

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New Lodge for Bull Mountain!

The Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club has just received recent government funding through the Targeted Regional Tourism Initiative to support the growth of recreation and outdoor tourism opportunities in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. We are grateful that the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and the Ministry of Tourism Arts, Culture and Sport have awarded the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club with a generous $430,000 to construct a timber frame visitor lodge and ski rental facility at Bull Mountain Ski trails just north of Williams Lake. An energy efficient build with focus on improved accessibility for users will be a great improvement over our current warming hut.

It has long been a dream of our non-for-profit club to build a lodge and the club is excited by this opportunity after almost 40 years of operation to finally see a modern lodge as part of the WLCCSC experience. The club continues to depend on volunteers who organize maintenance, grooming, ski programs, provide coaching and development of the ski area. The current warming hut is an older Atco trailer and lacks amenities and visual appeal that the new lodge will bring to the ski experience in Williams Lake.

“This building will be a great addition to our ski area and create a better visitor experience”, said board member and coach, Beverly Rooke. “We will now have a larger and newer building to support local and regional skiers and programs such as Jack rabbits, Ski School and adult ski lessons as well as welcome visitors from around the province and afar. The past season saw a great increase in people getting outdoors to enjoy the Nordic ski trails at Bull Mountain and this funding will help provide a lodge with more modern amenities and showcase our local timber frame talent.”

With over 28 km of groomed ski trails and snowshoe trails, Bull Mountain offers outdoor enthusiasts a great place to get out to enjoy nature and get some exercise. The Williams Lake ski area at Bull Mountain is well situated halfway between Quesnel (Hallis Lake) and 100 Mile House (99 Mile) Nordic centres along highway 97. With the addition of a lodge at Bull Mountain, the Cariboo has the potential to become an iconic BC Nordic ski destination and increase regional tourism in the winter. In addition, this new infrastructure has the potential to used for corporate, and provincial events during all four seasons in the future. (Rick we can add onto this if you want)

Work on the new building is expected to start later this year and completion of the project is slated for end of 2022 and opening of the warming hut for the 2022/23 ski season. We are hoping to expand the project further and we are currently looking for sponsors, in kind donations and additional grant funding. If you are interested in learning more about the project or donating in any way possible, please contact Rick Nelson at [email protected]

The Targeted Regional Tourism Initiative is one of three infrastructure investment programs for tourism as part of StrongerBC, including the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure program, Destination Development and the Tourism Dependent Communities Initiative. The approved projects must be completed by March 2023. Learn more here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021TACS003

[The above is an excerpt from the WLCCSC’s recent press release.]

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Nordiq Canada Fundraiser Results

Thank-you to our amazing community of Nordic Skiers. With a sudden flurry over the last 10 days of the fundraiser, the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club closed the campaign in 9th place Nationally and in 5th place Provincially. Funds raised locally were $7,995 and with the matching funds from Nordiq Canada a net benefit to our Club of $8,995. This is amazingly good news for our club, which will help us to leverage funding for expanding and improving our facilities and programs. We are extremely grateful for and excited by your support.

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Cataline Challenge Results

It was a great success!  Over the 48 hours, 48 laps of 7.4 km were recorded.  That is over 355 km skied over the sunny weekend.  Fastest time was Anika W. at 29 min 17 sec.  Lap times under 40 minutes were completed by Tim P, Glen D, Roy K, Bev R, Julianne T, and Nadia W.

Random draw prizes have been done and winners have been contacted.  A big thank you to Cycle Logic, Red Shreds, CCBC and Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club for donated prizes.

Thank you to all the skiers who participated in this event to wrap up a fun ski season.  And a huge thank you to the groomers who put down a great ski surface that lasted all weekend despite some challenging end-of-season weather conditions.

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Cataline Challenge : March 12-14, 2021

HOW MANY LOOPS CAN WE DO IN 48 HOURS?

Cataline Challenge : MARCH 12- 14th 6PM Friday night to 6PM Sunday night.

This is a 48 hour “race” where you can ski the course – Cataline full loop and Spur (a distance of 7.4km) – as many times as you like, in whichever style you prefer (skate or classic) and in whichever direction you prefer to do the loop. The goal is to see how many loops of the course we can complete as a community over the 48 hours – 6pm Friday March 12 to 6pm Sunday March 14.

Through the weekend please record each loop separately on the sheet at the sign in board. You may time yourself and record that as well as your name and contact number. You may enter anonymously but will only be eligible for prizes if you include a name and contact. There will be a random draw for prizes for all participants and bragging rights for the top time to complete the loop (honour system!!). All skiers welcome. Regular trail fees in effect.

**RANDOM DRAW PRIZES FOR PARTICIPANTS – EACH LOOP IS ONE ENTRY

**TRACK YOUR TIME – TOP TIMES WILL BE ANNOUNCED

Click here for the Cataline Challenge poster

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