Wax, wine and workshops at ski club

Some wine and snacks, conversations on skiing and some education are what the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club is offering this fall in an expanded format.

Some wine and snacks, conversations on skiing and some education are what the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club is offering this fall in an expanded format.

The Wax and Wine Series, as it is called, offers skiers a chance to discuss and learn about a variety of topics, wax some skis and it kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. in the Grey Mountain Room at the Mt. McIntyre Rec Centre.

Beginning with a presentation on how to purchase equipment that is a good match for the skier, the ski club has scheduled three dates before the start of winter.

“It just a lot more enjoyable and warmer if you have boots that fit properly and it can be very frustrating if you have skis that don’t fit properly,” said Sarah Murray, program manager for the ski club. “It’s important to get the right length of skis and the right thickness of camber for your skis.”

A lot of people are unaware of the importance of matching ski wax to snow and weather conditions. If that’s you, or you’d like to brush-up on your understanding of wax, the second in the series, on basic waxing, will take place November 23 and will be time well spent.

“That’s another part of making your ski enjoyable,” said Murray. “It makes it less work if you have the correct wax. So just a few waxing tips will prepare you for weather conditions you’ll have in Whitehorse. It’s just another way to make skiing that much more enjoyable, and you’ll go out more if it’s more enjoyable.”

The third scheduled Wax and Wine is on Yoga for skiing – not yoga while skiing – and is scheduled for December 7.

“Skiers tend to get pretty stiff, especially hamstrings and whatnot, so it’s important to stretch and yoga is a way of getting some of those kinks out,” said Murray. “It just makes you more comfortable after you ski.”

The Wax and Wine Series is free and open to all skiers.

Contact Tom Patrick at

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