LAB WEST - With hardly a flake of snow in most of the province, the Menihek Nordic ski club in Labrador City proved to be a perfect site for this year’s Provincial ski camp, and the first race in the NL cup series.
“Snow is plentiful, and the trails in great shape,” Club President Gerry Rideout told the Aurora.
Provincial ski coach Luke Dunphy said participants in the camp included the provincial ski team members and some prospects.
The weeklong camp started with some stretching and warm ups. Then there was a lesson on aspects of technique.
“We were on snow by ten, and practiced what was learned in the lesson,” Dunphy said.
Most days there was a break from 12:30 until 2 p.m., followed by a short lesson and back on Snow until about 4 p.m.
During the camp participants learned technique on both the skate and classic style of skiing. Dunphy said skiers would ski between 20 and 40 km a day depending on age and ability.
Hugh Warkentin of Blow Me Down ski club in Corner Brook skied a lot at the camp.
“I’m going to the trials for World Juniors after Christmas so it’s great out on snow and get conditioned for the season. I can see a difference since I’ve been here,” he explained.
Warkentin is hoping there will be enough snow to ski in Corner Brook soon and that he was thankful for the opportunity and thankful to people here for their hospitality .Those sentiments were reflected by all the participants at the camp.
Another big part of the week were the races held on the weekend. The NL cup is a series of five races held in each region of the province. The first race of the series was held at Menihek, with competition in classic and skate style. It’s the second year of the competition, which is proving popular with skiers of all regions.
Full results of the races can be seen at the zone4 website.
More information on skiing in this province can be seen at xcnl site.