The Telemark Nordic Club would like to thank the volunteers, parents, spectators, staff, members, first aid team, race committee and 664 individual competitors who made the last 3 days of racing a big success. One of the largest X-C races ever held in BC and it was done safely, with no injuries. It was great to see other BC Nordic clubs coming to train on our timing system, for use during their races. Thank-you for pulling together. Telemark is open Monday from 9-4 PM, and with the fresh power skiing and snowshoeing should be great.
Phil Klotz and his experience grooming team will be in the stadium from noon to 02:00 PM on Saturday February 24th to answer any questions you have about Telemark’s grooming. They will be rolling out all the grooming machines and equipment if you would like to learn more about Nordic trail grooming. Who ever asks Phil the best question wins two free trail passes.
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.
On Sunday February 25, 2018 Telemark will be hosting our first snowshoe race. There will be three courses; 2 kilometer, 4 kilometer and 8 kilometer. This fun / family oriented event will start at the lodge. There will be food and prizes for participants and volunteers afterwards. So grab your snowshoes for some low impact exercise. Click here to sign up for the race. If you are able to volunteer a few hours to help out call Ron at 250 212-0704.
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)
The Telemark Nordic Club encompasses just under 3000 acres (1364 hectares) located in mixed forest, there are 115km of trails and is surrounded by crown land. The diverse geography with streams, wetlands, forests and grassland is a sanctuary for many animal species. It is common to see animals on our trails. Click here to see a list of species on our property.
Most common is the moose. A moose is generally docile. If you are lucky enough to see one, give it a wide berth, and enjoy the view. If carnivores are seen on the property the location and time is posted on our trail board at the entrance to the trails, and on our website. Such sightings are infrequent.
Why do cross countries skiers get upset when they see snowshoeing tracks on Nordic ski trails? Click here to find out why. (PDF File)