Cataline Challenge This Weekend!

FEBRUARY 25-27th : 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, February 25 to 6pm Sunday, February 27. 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.

EACH LOOP IS ONE ENTRY ** TRACK YOUR TIME – TOP TIMES WILL BE ANNOUNCED

Cycle Logic, Red Shred’s and Caribou Ski have donated the draw prizes!

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Ladies Night – Weekly on Thursdays

We are so excited to announce the return of ladies night! Bring your headlamp!  Meeting weekly at 6pm Thursday nights (weather permitting) at Bull Mountain. Starting this January 13th. Participation is free for annual members. Drop in is $15. Bring a head lamp. Unfortunately we won’t be doing soup this year but if you would like to, bring your own hot drink for after.

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Modified Wellness Day : January 15, 2022

A modified Wellness Day will go ahead on Saturday. We will be following strict Covid-19 procedures with access to the warming hut limited to the pick-up and return of equipment. All fittings will take place outside or from your vehicles. Please follow the link below. https://www.williamslakecrosscountryskiclub.ca/…/event…/ Print and fill out the equipment pick-up sheet prior to arrival and present it to the Ski Attendant. This will help to speed up the process.

Social distancing in line ups for equipment and food must be followed and masks will be required inside the building. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BE PATIENT AND DISPERSE FROM AROUND THE WARMING HUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Access to guides will be limited and social distancing with your guides will also be required. We hope to make this as enjoyable an experience as possible under the circumstances and ask for your co-operation in helping to make it so. Someone will be available to guide you through the process of picking up and returning equipment but please arrive knowing what boot size(s) you and your group require.

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Ski Swap: Saturday, November 20, 10 am-2 pm.

Hello all, we will once again be facilitating a ski swap as a part of our November Registration Drive. This year we are inviting everyone who has equipment to sell to join us at the Anglican Church Parking lot and set up your equipment for sale from the backs of your vehicles in order to avoid over crowding. We will also have a registration table set up in the church hall below the church.

We are very much hoping that we will have some preliminary drawings of the newly proposed Lodge for you to view so stop by on your way to the Medieval Market and share in the excitement.

Early Bird registrations end Dec 1 at which point prices go up….and up again on January 1st, so get in ahead of the price increases and be ready for another brilliant season of skiing.

Hope to see you there!

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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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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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