The 100 Mile Nordics got off to a strong start this season.
Nordics president Kristi Iverson said it was a busy weekend at the 99 Mile trails and Nordics lodge on Ainsworth Road last weekend, following the official kick-off to the season on Nov. 26. About 250 people – up 30 percent over last year – have become members of the Nordics this year, with many of them buying seasons’ passes compared to day passes.
“It was a busy weekend for sure,” Iverson said. “There’s not a lot of options that people can do right now. This is one thing they can do that’s safe and be outside.”
The Nordics’ youth skills development program, for members aged five to 19, is also experiencing a 30 percent boost this year. The program runs from November to March.
To capitalize on the increasing interest in cross-country skiing, the Nordics are offering the option for skiers to buy yearly passes and book rentals online.
It is also offering the opportunity for adult beginner ski lessons through the club, with a coach ready to go as needed. Those interested can sign up on the website at 100 Mile Nordics.com.
The Nordics Lodge is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day for people to buy a day pass, rent skis or warm up with soup or hot drinks. Masks are mandatory within the lodge.
“I’m excited especially having the early snow is really nice, with the opportunity to get out earlier,” Iverson said.
The club is preparing to host the Teck B.C. Northern Cup races at the 99 Mile cross-country trails next February. Organizers hope the entry-level race, sanctioned by Nordiq Canada and Cross Country B.C., will renew interest in cross-country racing, particularly among youth. The 100 Mile area, which has top-notch racing trails, had been a favourite spot for racers before it fell off the circuit some time ago.