Nordic skiers reach the summit at Panorama
November 26 to 28 turned out to be a great weekend for cross country ski fans during the annual Teck Regional Snow Camp.
A game of Ultimate Man Tracker wrapped up the evening, which was enjoyed by all!
Saturday had everyone loading up with skate skis and reaching the summit of Panorama Mountain Resort. At over 2,300 meters the views were spectacular on this beautiful clear November day.
Temperatures of -5°C with a slight breeze made the day very comfortable even at that high elevation. A few of athletes were brand new to skate skiing and managed to climb the two-kilometre trek from the Panorama summit to Goldie Plateau; job well done!
After a quick snack, athletes were separated into groups based on ages and abilities and explored the plateau while playing games and drills.
After lunch, Coach Christine kept the newer skiers busy with lots of games while each of the other coaches set up stations for the groups to rotate through. Finally, after the last rotation there was time for group photos and the biggest game of British Bulldog in the Kootenays!
The rainy forecast on Sunday did not allow us to ascend to the summit, so Panorama groomed in a few kilometres of track along the Greywolf Golf Course cart paths.
The rock star waxers prepped over 60 pairs of skis in less than 30 minutes. Kudos to that team! Each of the coaches took a group to explore on their “hairy” classic skis.
By noon on Sunday, everyone was ready to be wrung out and prepare for departures to the various Kootenay homes.
All 56 athletes came from clubs in the East Kootenay; Fernie, Kimberley and Toby Creek.
Thanks to the eight coaches and 20 helpers who made this camp possible and to Teck Resources Limited for always supporting the Regional Snow Camps and keeping the athletes warm in their awesome toques!
Cross Country BC / Toby Creek Nordic