The warm weather may make the area look like summer is near, but up on the hills and mountains, there is plenty of snow and conditions are ideal for cross-country skiing.
For skiers of all skills and ages, The Nordic Ski Club’s 27th annual fun “Troll Loppet” on Feb. 24 is a great opportunity hit the trails.
“It’s about getting together and getting out on the trails with some friends and having a good time,” said organizer Kim Matson. “It’s a fun event with no first place medals or anything like that. It’s all about participating and having fun.”
The Troll Loppett takes place at the Viking Centre at Mud Lake (about 32km west of Castlegar on Highway 3 towards Christina Lake) starting at 8:30 a.m.
“The trails are in great condition,” said Matson. “We’re hoping for a nice, sunny day. It’s going to be great.”
There are different lengths of races for all ages and ski levels from 20km to 40km to 60km.
“In the past we’ve had skiers from aged four right up to people in their 80’s,” said Matson. “Cross-country skiing is a sport that people can truly do all their lives. It’s a great workout and the views out on the trails are breathtaking.”
Pre-registration goes at Mallards Source for Sports in Castlegar until Feb. 21. For more information email Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online at www.zone4.ca.