Shannondale Ski Day
February 22 was the annual Shannondale Family Ski Day, a day of skiing, eating, and visiting and a fundraiser for Heart and Stroke. Despite some chilly temperatures, lots of skiers came out for a great day! Good times were had by all!
- Competitors fresh and raring to go before the start of the first Burwalde Birkie race held on March 23rd, 2013 at Burwalde Trails. See below for results.
BTNC DISTANCE CHALLENGE 2013
That’s how may kilometres 177 skiers logged at the 8th Annual Boundary Trails Nordic Distance Challenge held at Burwalde Woods Trails this weekend. How far is that? If you headed south (and why would you want to with all this lovely snow and sunshine) you would be on the beaches of Cuba or southern Mexico; east would take you passed St Johns Nfld into the Atlantic; west would take you well into the Pacific ocean unless you aimed a bit further north into the heart of Alaska; and north would put you near the tip of Ellesmere Island on the top of Canada. In short, it was a lot of skiing done on only 22km of ski trail. There were a lot of personal bests achieved and this year five individuals surpassed the 100 km barrier including one very ambitious 11-year old. Mostly though it was a lot of fun. Watch for full results coming out soon. If you skied your age or better on Saturday and did not get your certificate let us know. Other awards will be announced with the final results.
And now for the results!
The top Distance Challengers in each category are eligible for certificates. We had a virtual three-way tie in the female 13 to 17 class this year so all will receive certificates in that group. Everyone who skied 25km and over will have their names placed our annual plaque, which will be on the wall in the ski hut soon. There were three families in serious contention for the Family Distance Award but the Warkentines took it with 343km followed by the Burwalde Froeses with 317km and the Bergens with 270km. Please check over the results and inform us of any errors or omissions. Call 204 325-4591
Aftermath of Distance Challenge… Most of us were keeping track of kilometers skied. Was anyone keeping track of calories consumed? We might have set some additional records or at least some personal bests.
Boundary Trails Nordic made a good showing at the Sask/Man Cup races held at Birch Ski Area this past weekend. Our Junior Development team was out in full force and a number of adults raced as well. The two day competition was held under almost ideal weather conditions; Saturday was classic races while Sunday was freestyle. Things get fast in Kenora this coming weekend where some of our club members will be competing in the Provincial Sprint Championships. Another event of note this coming Sunday is the Bittersweet Loppet on the Bittersweet Trails north of Treherne along the scenic Assiniboine River valley. This is not a true loppet in that there is no timing; you are simply invited to start when you like and ski as far as you are comfortable. Here is the Event Notice.
Thumbs Up From Boundary Trails Nordic Club This Winter
Written by Tara Funke on Wednesday, 16 January 2013
After a dismal season last winter the Boundary Trails Nordic Club is now experiencing a membership boom. Phil Froese is a founding member of the nordic club and volunteers much of his time to care for the Burwalde Woods trails located just west of Winkler Bible Camp along highway #3. He explains they are quite blown away with the amount of traffic they are witnessing and believes member numbers are at an all time high. Froese says the club has been around long enough to have seen other poor seasons, as was 2011/2012, and it has often taken more time to bounce back from that. They are experiencing a few growing pains along the way as numbers continue to climb but they are pleased to host skiers from all across the Pembina Valley region.