Local ski clubs glide to successful seasons

More than 50 elementary cross-country skiers braved frigid temperatures Saturday morning at Quesnel’s Hallis Lake cross country ski facility for the 29th Annual Hallis Elementary School Ski Tournament.

Members of the Williams Lake Jackrabbit cross-country ski team were in Quesnel this past Saturday competing at the 29th Annual Hallis Elementary School Ski Tournament. The group took first place overall.

Members of the Williams Lake Jackrabbit cross-country ski team were in Quesnel this past Saturday competing at the 29th Annual Hallis Elementary School Ski Tournament. The group took first place overall.

More than 50 elementary cross-country skiers braved frigid temperatures Saturday morning at Quesnel’s Hallis Lake cross country ski facility for the 29th Annual Hallis Elementary School Ski Tournament.Students aged five to 12 took part in four events — the individual classic, a freestyle sprint, a team relay and a downhill double-cross event.Williams Lake Jackrabbit cross country racers took first place overall with a total of 183 points while nabbing 21 medals along the way.Williams Lake cross country ski club members include: Connor Sutton, Cole Turner, Danika Fiala, Jake Sutton, Grace Turner, Joshua Fiala, Violet Kritz, Olund Mork, Willie Newberry, Massimo Calabrese and coaches Tony and Wendy Fialia.Shifting gears to  downhill skiing, the Timberland Ski Club is sending its racing team to the Purden Mountain Alpine Races in Prince George this weekend.The team will be guided by Timberland Ski Club coach Chris Campbell. This is the first time the Timberland Ski Club, based out of Mt. Timothy Ski Area, has sent a team to a B.C. Alpine sanctioned race in several years.“We are excited to be sending our racers and can’t wait to see how they do against northern competitors,” said Timberland Ski Club director Lisa Young.Racers include Ronan Manning, Jay Peterson, Vincent Austin, Cole Turner, William Newberry and coach Chris Campbell.