By Mike Gladish
The ski season really started on the weekend with great snow, milder weather and excellent trail conditions. An additional four centimetres of powder slowed skiers down a little but most trails are now in excellent condition for classic and skating.
Copper to Crossroads, Wolf, Selwyn’s Loop, World Cup 10K and 7.5K were groomed early Monday morning and will be the best trails for skating Monday and Tuesday.
Lower Valley is now packed and tracked through the Beaver Swamp to Best Chance Junction. Sarah Steele outer loop is packed and good for classic or skating.
All other trails have been groomed in the last week, but now have up to four centimeters of fresh snow. More grooming will be done Monday night and Tuesday.
Trail lights are on Monday to Friday until 9:30 p.m.
Finally, a change in grip wax — use Rode Multigrade blue until temperature rises to minus 5 then use Rode blue. As the temperature approaches zero, use Rode Superblue or even multigrade violet. No need to clean the old wax off, cork in several smooth layers.
Youth Ski Program organizational meeting Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Wax Room.
Subway 5K #1 is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Register by 6 p.m. on Tuesday to get a sub sandwich. There is a 2.5K option for juniors and novice adults.
The Don Sumanik Classic race is Saturday, December 9. Register by Wednesday at 6 p.m. Christmas Pass booklets are now on sale: five-day pass coupons for the price of four, valid to Christmas 2007 and available at the Ski Base. Credit cards accepted.
For updated trail conditions and event information call the ski club information line 668-7742 or check the website www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca