Skiers have been busy doing a snow dance for the Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club’s upcoming free Family Fun Day at Bull Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Skiers of all abilities are invited to try free cross country ski lessons with volunteer ski instructors from our club,” said Family Fun Day organizer Betty Donahue. “This is your chance to learn how to stride and glide safely and get up and down those hills.”
There is no charge to use the trails on Family Fun Day.
The event is sponsored by Caribou Ski Source for Sports and Barking Spider Mountain Bike Shop.
“Caribou Ski will be providing free demo no-wax skis, poles and boots,” Donahue said, adding skiers who have their own gear are encouraged to bring it.
“Remember to dress in layers to avoid overheating.”
Bull Mountain, a gem of the Cariboo, is located roughly a 20-minute drive north of Williams Lake, just off Highway 97, and has 28 kilometres of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
Three-and-a-half kilometres of the trail network are lit for night skiing until 10 p.m.
“The lights are controlled from a switch inside the cozy warming hut,” Donahue said, noting the club also welcomes skiers with their dogs.
“Dog use is restricted to designated dog trails for the safety of your dog and of other skiers and dog owners are expected to clean up after their pooches.”
New this year is brand new track-setting equipment and a dedicated group of hardworking volunteers have been tracking the trails.
In addition to Family Fun Day the ski club offers adult lessons for beginner and intermediate skiers on Jan 10-11.
Further lessons may be an option subject on demand, Donahue said.
The cost is $5 per lesson, plus the purchase of a club membership or payment of the $10 daily trail fee.
The ski club also offers lessons for kids.
For more on youth skiing programs visit the club’s website at www.bullmountain.ca.
If Family Fun Day or adult lessons are forced to be cancelled due to inclement weather the club will post a notice on its website blog.
“Join us in a snow dance and we hope to see many of you on the trails,” Donahue said.
For more information on either youth or adult ski lessons contact Sean Donahue at 250-398-6135.