By the Whitehorse Cross
Country Ski Club
Snow news is bad news. For those who are determined to ski, it is possible, but it’s wearing thin. The McIntyre Loop is still very good for classic and Jackson Lake has a good, skied-in track around the whole shoreline.
Most of the trails are skiable. Skiing is not recommended on Powerline and World Cup 10K through the Raven’s Ridge detour. Use caution on all hills — if in doubt walk down. Rock skis are recommended.
Grip wax for today is Rex or Rode Special Green. Apply several layers and cork smooth. Use a green base binder to hold the grip wax on longer.
Trail lights are on until 9:30 p.m. on the Copper/Lynx/Dog loop and in the ski stadium. The World Cup 5K lights are turned on Tuesdays and Thursdays for ski training. Lights will be turned off if the temperature is minus 30 or colder.
If skiing the McIntyre Loop, it is recommended to walk or ski up the Ascent or Descent Trail. If driving up the Descent Trail, good winter tires 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.
The World Cup 10K has been rerouted around the Raven’s Ridge subdivision. Until conditions improve it is best to detour at the Moose Hill connector to Pierre Harvey Trail There are signs to guide skiers onto the detour.
Take precautions when skiing in cold weather. Dress in layers, wear face protection, overboots and mitts. Ski with a partner and check for frostbite.
Memberships or day passes are required to use the club trails. Day passes are half price this weekend.
Events and program information
The first Subway Race is scheduled for next Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
The Don Sumanik Races are postponed to December 15-16.
The Dawn to Dusk Relay is December 23.
Ski Club hours of operation
Wax Room: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Ski Base: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 9 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memberships now available only at the Ski Base.
For updated trail conditions and event information call the ski club information line at 668-7742 or check the website www.xcskiwhitehorse.ca