Fifty-eight participants from the Whistler Nordic Ski Club, Hollyburn Ski Club, Sea to Sky Nordics and Spud Valley Nordics recently gathered for this year’s Whistler Nordics Regional Camp. Athletes were split into three age categories: U10, U12 and U14, and the event was based out of the Athletes’ Lodge in Cheakamus.
Pristine snow conditions were on tap in Callaghan Valley, and an array of trails opened at the 11th hour. Skiers were treated to an ideal setting for both classic and skate techniques, as well as games and team-building activities fostered by the coaching staff.
“The early morning snow on Saturday morning was well-timed as it allowed the grooming crew at Whistler Olympic Park to significantly expand the trail system beyond the 1.5-kilometre Callaghan Gold Loop," said Whistler Nordics board member Maria Lundgren in a press release.
A special gymnastics session at the Athletes’ Centre injected variety into the routine, promoting flexibility and agility.
“Despite the physical demands of the activities, the athletes retired each night to the Athlete's Lodge with smiles on their faces and a sense of accomplishment,” said a Whistler Nordics spokesperson in a release. “The tired but happy faces spoke volumes about the success of the camp. Friendships were formed, skills were polished, and memories were etched in the snowy landscapes of Whistler.
“In the end, the Whistler Regional Camp surpassed expectations, emerging as a super successful and fun-filled adventure. The combination of excellent coaching, diverse activities, and the unexpected delight of ideal snow conditions created an experience that would be cherished by all participants for years to come.”
The Whistler Nordic Ski Club thanks all volunteers and Teck Resources Limited for their support. Meals were catered by Whistler Food Co.