The Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club “Ski School” kicked off its first season offering free equipment usage to the community at the club’s annual Family Fun Day in January. This could not have happened without the generosity of our supporters. With the additional support of equipment provided by Caribou Ski Source for Sports and chili and bannock provided by the First Nations Health Authority we enjoyed 122 participants topping our previous record of 85. What a great Community! A huge thank you.
Schools began arriving at Bull Mountain on Jan 13th. Our partnering School, Grow (Graduation Routes Other Ways) helped raise funding for the project with the intent of sharing with as many other schools as possible. They arrived with students ranging from grades Kindergarten to Grade 12. Teachers, parents and even students had taken advantage of coach training funding. Add to that the supporting help of experienced coach volunteers and everyone is moving more comfortably on skis. Check out the videos below. And kids, thank your parents for their vision, you’re doing great!
Grade 7 Outdoor Education
Two Classes of Grade 7 Outdoor Education Students joined the first year Ski School pilot program and amazed us all with their rapid learning curve and endurance.
How exciting to host a group of 28 International students and chaperones introducing them to their first experience on skis, …and to top it off the pleasure of smores! It had rained the day before but thanks to the valiant efforts of the grooming team, trails had been refreshed overnight and we were able to carry on skiing at around +2 Celsius. The group arrived at 9:30 and by the time they left at 3:00 everyone was able to head off and handle the ups and downs of classic ski trails. The group had excellent instruction from peer mentors from our track attack program who provided incentive, instruction and help. Thanks gang, you did such a super job! And by morning…..temperatures had plunged to -32 Celsius with the wind chill. Talk about fortune.
Girl Guides Night Ski
22 Girl Guides joined us for a frosty starlit evening of skiing on an unusually chilly March night. And still, they enjoyed hot chocolate around an outdoor fire! Most had never skied before.
After being postponed due to prolonged extreme cold Marie Sharpe grade three students finally got to enjoy a day of skiing and environmental exploration on March 4th. Thank you Wild BC for the engaging presentation helping students to identify trees and animal signs in a winter setting.