With new snow and a new calendar year, this is the optimal time to head to Hallis Lake and Ten Mile Lake for cross-country skiing, an excellent form of exercise and an opportunity to enjoy the snow and winter months.
Cross-country skiing can be the start of a new exercise routine, part of a cross-training program without impact, help maintain fitness or training plans, or simply to have fun with a group of friends or a solitary ski without distraction.
The plentiful new soft snow means conditions are particularly perfect for newer skiers.
This is a good chance to take lessons or to build confidence.
With the new snow, skiers have been flocking to night skis and special club events like guided ski tours and lessons.
Last week’s guided ski tour included the 5km loop with classic and skate skiers all donning head lamps.
The guided tours go every week and each week the group skis a different trail with a goal of skiing all the trails in the system.
This feeds into the 75km ski challenge contest. Entry forms are available on the Cariboo Ski Touring Club website.
The Hallis Lake Loppet is scheduled for Jan. 22 and skiers of all abilities and fitness are invited to take part in a fun skiing event from 10km to 32km with shorter distances for youth.
Regular weekly lessons and guided ski tours are posted on the website’s club calendar and can be viewed at www.caribooski.ca.
Memberships, lessons and day passes make great gifts and gift certificates can be purchased at Rocky Peak Adventure Gear.
Sunshine Borsato is vice-president with the Cariboo Ski Touring Club and an Observer contributor.