December 2018 Club News

Greetings club members, nordic centre users, and friends. We have many exciting Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club updates to share with you in this newsletter.

President's Message

The 2018-2019 season is shaping up to be one of change: we have a new president, new board members, new caretakers, new trails, new maps, new signs, and more.

First of all I would like to thank Daryl Wilson for serving as club president and chair of the board for the past four years, your contributions are valued and appreciated! Likewise Kara Przeczek, who is passing on the treasurer’s torch, deserves praise and many thanks for keeping our books in order over the past few years.

A few details about me for those of you who do not already know me:
My wife grew up in Smithers and we moved to Telkwa with our two sons in the summer of 2012. I have been a member of the board for the past year and am taking on the role of club president for the 2018-2019 season. Since 2014 I have helped coach jackrabbits. When I'm not coaching you will often find me skiing on the dog trails with my furry companion Andy.

In addition to my contributions to the club as a coach and board member, I help maintain the club’s website, weather station, facebook page, instagram account, mailing lists, etc. The title of "president" makes the role sound far more important than it really is—the other board members, coaches, grooming staff and countless other volunteers are the ones who really make the club run—please thank them profusely at every opportunity.

If you have any comments or questions for the club you can email If you would like to reach me directly my email address is

Looking forward to seeing you on the trails soon. 

Ben Forsyth

Ben at the 2016 Chris Dahlie Open with sons Alex and Hugo

Club Executive News

In addition to a new president this year we have five new directors joining the board.
Barb Guillon is taking over as treasurer from Kara Przeczek. The previously vacant role of director of grants and sponsorship is being filled by Eerik Lilles. Irene Ronalds is the new director of nordic skills development programs (NSDP) allowing James Cuell to focus his efforts as director of events.  Eamon Mauer and Kevin Kriese are joining the board as directors at large. The full list of board members and key club positions can be found at

Caretaker Changes

After three years of being the nordic centre caretakers the Dunbars have moved to town to take care of a home of their own. Thank you for your service Robbie and Andrea! Moving into the caretaker role are Gen Perkins and Michel Poulin. Gen has provided this brief introduction:

Hello from Gen and Michel! We are the new caretakers for the BV nordic centre. Originally from Australia and Quebec we are relatively new to Smithers, arriving in the valley in April 2018. Our interests include spending time outside, hiking, biking, kayaking and skiing in all forms. We are looking forward to spending lots of time on the trails and getting to know the community. See you out on the trails!

Trail Improvements And New Trails

Thanks to a generous funding from the BC Rural Dividend Fund, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and the Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation we were able to improve and extend our trail network considerably over the past season. Some of the more frequently used trails had drainage improvements and brushing done to facilitate their use with minimal snow. This work is apparent now as these are the skiable trails given the current challenging snow conditions.

More significant changes to the trail network are the addition of three new trails:

  • Wild Dog is a new 4 km, intermediate dog trail that is located near the end of Pooch Paradise.

  • One Click Right is a neat little loop that runs parallel to the Tunnel connector and takes skiers up to the Biathlon stadium

  • The Wetzin'kwa trail has been extended to connect to the Demo Forest trail following part of the old Zipper Twister.

In total these trails have added over 6 km to our trail network, bringing the grand total to 52 km. Over the past five years we have added a significant number of new trails to our network—Wetzin’kwa, Valley View, Down the Mountain, along with the three new trails this year.

Given the extent of our trail network and limited operations budget (i.e. grooming) we have spent some time optimizing the trail network and grooming plan to reduce the amount of redundant work done. A number of intersections have been simplified, some redundant trail segments won’t be groomed, and Valley View will not be groomed as far beyond Down the Mountain as it has been in the past.

Keep an eye on the trails conditions section of our website for the latest updates from the grooming staff

On the trails you will notice updated signage helping you to navigate the changes and relatively new trail naming updates. The most conspicuous of the new signage is the impressive new timber frame sign at the entrance to the nordic centre.

New Nordic Centre Map

All of the trail changes demanded a significantly updated map for the nordic centre. Tom Christian, Gen Perkins, Jack Howard-Stratton, and Steve Osborn have been busy working on an updated map for the past few months. The result of their hard work is available at Printed versions will be available in the near future.

First extendos and track-attack practice December 8

Athlete Development Program Update

The Athlete Development Program hosted a Teck Northern Regional Dryland Camp this fall, led by Eric DeNys, Former National Development Team Coach, who is now leading the Ski Academy in Vernon for Sovereign Lake Cross Country Ski Club.

The Junior athletes were particularly impressed with Eric’s support on a long double-poling session up Eckman hill on the Babine Lake Road—a hill Eric had fond memories of! Eric grew up racing out of Prince George and trained with Bulkley Valley athletes often. The camp also included a talk on sports nutrition from former BV racer—Dr. Mallory Quinn. Wow, the circle of Nordic skiing is impressive!

The BV club has been fortunate this past year to have such high-quality instruction and inspiration come to the north.  Last Spring Becky Scott, Olympic Gold Medalist, joined the athletes for a fun day of skiing and inspiration, as part of her Spirit North program which brings cross country ski instruction to kids in Moricetown and Kitseguekla.  

The Teck Regional Snow Camp, originally planned for Nov 30 to Dec 2 and rescheduled to December 14–16 looks to be another great event with the forecasted snow.

Some of our junior racers competed in Vernon December 8–9 for Norams with some impressive results. Next up is Whistler on Dec 13 for Biathlon Norams. The rest of us get to enjoy great skiing here at home. The first BC Cup of the season will be held in Prince George December 28–30. On January 5 Houston is hosting the Morice Mountain Challenge—consider supporting our neighbours and check out their beautiful trails.

ADP Fundraisers

The ADP parents are selling two different styles of the sticker pictured as a fundraiser. One is reflective and the other is suitable for water bottles. The stickers are $2 each and are currently available at McBike. Soon they will also be available in the office at the nordic centre.

Contact Trina Schley if you are interested in stickers.

You can also buy buffs with the same design as on the sticker by visiting this link Orders are accepted until December 23 and we need to sell a minimum of 25 buffs. Assuming we meet that minimum order it will take around 3 weeks for the buffs to arrive.

Upcoming Events

Santa Day

Saturday December 15, 2–5 pm

Come visit Santa in his workshop. Enjoy some hot chocolate and decorate cookies. Everyone welcome.

Grand Opening of New Trails

Sunday December 23 (tentative*)

On Grand Opening day, skiers can collect a ticket on each of the three new trails at any time during the day. At 3 pm there will be social at the lodge with refreshments and snacks.  Every ticket will be entered into a draw for some great prizes!!
*A final announcement of the Grand Opening will be made once trail conditions are confirmed.

Christmas Pass

Any two week period that includes December 25

Ski everyday for two weeks for only $75. Christmas passes only available at McBike.

Full event calendar:

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