By Mike Gladish
Record-breaking cold is putting a damper on skiing, but for those who venture out the trails are in excellent condition.
Dress in layers and wear face protection.
Dog, Copper to Best Chance Corner, Upper Valley, Powerline, Selwyn’s Loop and the Canada Games trails were groomed Saturday and Sunday.
Lower Valley, Logan Burn, Coyote and Whisky Jack were groomed over the weekend as well.
World Cup 10K is groomed to Powerline. The remainder will be left ungroomed until after the Canada Games.
Some portions of the World Cup 5K and 7.5K will also be left ungroomed to facilitate grooming for the games. Sarah Steele loops will be regroomed when it warms up.
Dog Trail to Harvey’s Hut, Selwyn’s Loop and all trails south of Crossroads will be open throughout the Canada Games.
Other trails, including Copper will have some restrictions starting Sunday March 3. Check the website and phone info line for daily updates.
Wax Room and Ski Base will be open as usual this week and on Saturday. Starting Sunday, there will be restrictions on parking and wax room access.
Use Rode or Rex special Green for grip. The snow is very slow so classic skiing is recommended.
Trail lights are on Monday to Friday from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Trail lights will be turned off for the season on March 9.
The alternate parking area off Hamilton Blvd. is cleared and open for skiers.
Membership or day pass required to use the parking lot and Dog Trail. Dogs must be on a leash from the parking area to Telemark Hill. Mount McIntyre trailhead and Stadium trailhead are now closed to dogs until March 11.
Wax Room open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and may close earlier during the cold snap.
Ski Base is open 3:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays. Please check Info line and webpage for daily hours during the Canada Winter Games.
For updated trail conditions and event information call the ski club Information Line 668-7742 or check the website www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca