Cariboo Ski Touring Club has launched a ski program for youth.

Cariboo Ski Touring Club has launched a ski program for youth.

SKI TRACKS: First flakes harken a new season of fun

Cariboo Ski Touring Club has new rental shop in the Hallis Lake lodge and has initiated a Youth Ski Program.

While the first touch of snow stirs dread in some Quesnelites, it also inspires others to engage in fun and healthy winter activities like cross-country skiing.

It’s always a gamble whether it will be a good snow year or not, but if some potential skiers aren’t certain Santa will bring them new equipment this season, they can fall back on the Cariboo Ski Touring Club’s ski rentals.

The new rental shop in the Hallis Lake lodge is under construction and will be open by Christmas and run through the Christmas break, then weekends and at least one evening each week throughout the season.

Club members have worked hard since last winter to secure enough new equipment to support a youth ski program as well as supply rental equipment for the community.

This is a fantastic opportunity for youth to enjoy ski programs like bunnies, jackrabbits or biathlon as ski sizes will fit even the smallest skiers and programs are available for ages two and up.

The Cariboo Ski Touring Club is also initiating a Youth Ski Program through local schools which challenges youth in grades three to six to participate in the sport of cross-country skiing while having fun on snow this winter.

Rentals are available for the public and special prices are offered for participants in the club sponsored programs like Jackrabbits starting in early December at the Hallis Lake facility.

So don’t wait too long and miss any opportunity to start enjoying every flake with programs, guided ski tours, lessons, workshops and more for all ages and abilities.

More information on the ski rental shop hours and prices for youth program ski rental packages are available at Rocky Peak Adventure Gear or from the club website,

Sunshine Borsato is vice-president of the Cariboo Touring Ski Club and an Observer contributor.