The new Telemark Post Secondary Program (TPSP) is in it’s first year. Establishing the program — with the help Kelowna Toyota, its main sponsor — is an attempt to address the decline of skiers graduating from high school, but unable to continue competitive racing. The TPSP is providing professional training and allowing athletes from across Canada reach their full athletic and competitive potential for high-level racing. Click here for a Kelowna Now article about the new program.
Archives for January 2018
Everything you ever wanted to know about the periodic lack of water at Telemark
Frustrated when we close the washrooms? We might be headed for some rough times for the balance of the season.
First, let me share the design. Then I will explain the problem and what we are doing to mitigate.
Water Works System Design
We have a low-flowrate well. The water is outstanding quality, but unfortunately best-case the current well is only able to sustain 2.5 gallons per minute draw. To put in perspective, that is 2 toilet flushes…
To overcome the peaks we get on Saturdays and on race weekends, we installed a 1200 gallon cistern. This allows the well to continuously pump at a leisurely rate 24/7 to fill the cistern and we have enough water stored to handle 900 toilet flushes.
All good, right? No.
After the never-ending drought this summer, our faithful well is no longer able to supply the 2.5 gallons per minute we are used to. In fact, it is barely giving us any water at all at the moment.
This is what we are doing to work the problem:
- We have installed a low-level alarm in the cistern to tell our staff when we don’t have enough water for the washrooms. When the alarm goes, we have no choice but to close the washrooms to preserve water for the essentials. We will keep the washrooms open as much as possible, but we will not risk a total outage.
- We are bringing in porta-potties for the rest of the season as a temporary measure.
- We are considering trucking in water as-needed to re-fill the cistern. If you know someone who can do this please contact Ron!
This summer, we will be looking for a permanent solution. It may require drilling a second well.
Thank you for your tolerance. I hope this helps you understand what we are up against.
Congratulations to our athletes, Gareth Williams and Julia Ransom who are really making an impact beyond our club. Gareth Williams, who is currently the youngest of 8 male athletes on the Cross Country Canada National Ski team, last week was the top U23 skier at Canadian WJT, automatically qualifying him for the World Junior/U23 Ski Championships in Switzerland.
Julia Ransom is likewise proving she belongs on the Canadian National Biathlon Team having already achieved two top-10 finishes this season racing in Europe on the World Cup circuit. She is currently the top ranked Canadian biathlete and — BREAKING NEWS — has just been selected to the Canadian Olympics team for the Big Show in South Korea next month.
There are two methods of cross country skiing. Classic cross country skiing, and skate skiing. These two methods of skiing require different types of skis. For an article that explains how you wax each type of cross country ski click here. (PDF File)