Winter buffs can finally rejoice: Cariboo Ski Touring Club’s Hallis Lake trails are open and the conditions are fantastic.
Publicity director Ron Watteyne says most of the trails closest to the lodge have been groomed and are ready to enjoy for those looking to take advantage of the copious amounts of snow we have had.
The lights are on in the evenings and the lodge/rental shop will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.
Anyone on the fence about cross-country skiing is invited to come check out the club’s open house on Jan. 27.
“There will be free snowshoe and ski rentals, free ski lessons, free ski tours and a pancake breakfast for a minimum donation of $2,” says Watteyne.
“It’s a really good way for people to come out and see what’s happening at Hallis.”
Ski lessons for adults and teenagers will be starting on Jan. 7 and there will be a skate-ski clinic on offer on the Jan. 12-13 weekend.
While kids’ lessons have already begun, Watteyne says it is not too late to register new students at caribooski.ca.
“There’s only been one on-snow lesson so far, so they’re not going to have missed much,” he says.
He adds if the students don’t have skis, they can be rented for the season at a very reasonable rate.
The club is also pleased to be hosting the B.C. Cup Biathlon event Jan. 19-20. Some of the province’s top athletes will be descending on Quesnel to compete in the exciting shooting/skiing sport.
If solo activities are not your forte, Cariboo Ski Touring club offers half-price group rentals for five or more people on Wednesdays evenings.
Watteyne says the offer is geared towards youth groups, church groups, sports teams or colleagues who want to enjoy the trails together.