Winter at Last

After a slow start to winter, parts of the Okanagan have been skiable for the last three weeks. To start the season, Sovereign Lake groomed a loop on their upper trails, which consisted of some snow and ice, but was skiable. Thanks to Sovereign for getting us all out skiing. This was the best skiing in the region for about a week until larger snowfalls allowed for the opening of both Silver Star and Sovereign Lake. Last weekend was the Okanagan Regional camp for younger races, where myself and the other older Telemark Race Team skiers gave a talk to the group about skiing at a higher level and the opportunities cross-country skiing has afforded us. Hopefully this keeps some of these kids in our amazing sport. Telemark Ski Club has yet to get enough snow to ski on, but the weather at lower elevations has been amazing for running and continued dryland training. This past weekend the Telemark Race Team stayed overnight up at the Nickel Plate Ski Club. What a great cabin to sleep in and be able to hit the trails early. The purpose of the training was to get some altitude and prepare us for racing at these levels.

 

Best skiing in the Okanagan, 3 weeks ago...
Best skiing in the Okanagan, 3 weeks ago…

 

First day on fresh snow at Silver Star about two weeks ago.
First day on fresh snow at Silver Star about two weeks ago.

 

Conditions continue to improve at Silver Star last week.
Conditions continue to improve at Silver Star last week.

 

Skating during an afternoon ski at Silver Star last week, so nice to be on fresh snow!!!
Skating during an afternoon ski at Silver Star last week, so nice to be on fresh snow!!!

 

Running at Rose Valley in Kelowna between ski days, so sunny! (Adam and I).
Running at Rose Valley in Kelowna between ski days, so sunny! (Coach Adam and I).

 

The Nickel Plate lodge, where we stayed this past weekend.
The Nickel Plate lodge, where we stayed this past weekend.

 

Training at Nickel Plate with the team.
Training at Nickel Plate with the team. Awesome altitude training.

 

Photo of David Walker taken last November at Nickel Plate.
Photo of David Walker, Telemark Race Team member at Nickel Plate.

 

4 thoughts on “Winter at Last

  1. Really like the blog, keep it up. Skiing is great exercise for you, not just for your body but also the mind. My mate Nick is currently up at Silver Star, he says it’s amazing up there.
    Cheers!

  2. Nice blog. Fun to follow Canadian skiing. Will i see you at the junior world championships?

  3. Bonjour Gareth,
    Félicitations pour tes bonnes performances et pour ta qualification aux Mondiaux de ski nordique FIS Junior à Soldier Hollow au Utah. C’est très impressionant! Bravo pour ton Blog également.

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