It should be safe to say that we are having an early start to the ski season! Selwyn’s Loop, Wolf and Coyote, Copper to Best Chance, Upper Valley, Lower Valley to the Valley Link, Whisky Jack and Dog are now packed. All the packed trails are ski-able but Dog and Upper Valley are not recommended. The best skiing is on Selwyn’s Loop. Use extreme caution on all downhills – walk if in doubt.
Rock skis are required and skiing is still not recommended for novice or beginner skiers.
The McIntyre Loop is good for early season classic skiing. It is recommended to walk up the Ascent or Descent Trail.
If driving up the Descent Trail, good winter tires and/or chains and four-wheel drive are essential. Do not attempt to drive unless properly equipped. Use caution and be prepared to meet oncoming traffic. The road is one lane most of the way.
Only skiing and snowshoeing are now permitted and dogs are allowed only on designated trails.
World Cup 10K is closed at Raven’s Ridge. Use the power line to bypass the development. A new trail is being constructed and should be ready when skiing starts. See the club web page for more details. There will be signs to guide skiers around the detour.
Wax Suggestions — Rode multigrade violet or Swix special red if near zero. Swix waxes usually work better in higher humidity, which is normal in October and November.
The Coast Mountain Sports Wax & Wine is Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in the Wax Room at Mount McIntyre. All are welcome, there is no charge. Come and learn the basics of waxing from Dan Reimer and enjoy some hot wine and finger foods.
A Level 1 official’s clinic runs October 29 in the Grey Mountain Room at Mount McIntyre. Anybody interested in helping with club races is welcome to attend. Call the club office to register.
Volunteer Appreciation night is November 3 at 8 p.m. in the Grey Mountain Room. Register for the Bunny, Jackrabbit and Lynx ski programs at the Ski Base. Information and forms are available online.
Hours of Operation
The Wax Room is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.—9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.—5 p.m.
The Ski Base is open Monday to Friday 4—9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Memberships are now available, only at the Ski Base at Mount McIntyre.
For updated trail conditions and event information call the ski club information line at 668-7742 or check the website www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca