Sunday, 10 February 2013

Wow - Did we ever have a great turnout at the Learn to Ski event

Many thanks have to go out to all of people for helping out at the Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club event today!

The "Learn to Ski" and Snowshoe event was a great success. Likely this was due to all the hardwork done to promote the event this past week.

Roy Lanaway and Donna Rogers were front and center on CTV and on The Rock radio on Friday and we also lots of great promos on the air from GX94 and The Fox.  The local papers also have to get thanks for their promotions.

Thanks to these two media stars we had lots and lots and lots of people attend. Starting at 11:30 they were lined up outside the door to get access to Sunshine and Ski stock of free boots, skis and poles.

We always had people ready to take boots and skis off the returning skiers to head out themselves.

We had great support from Sunshine and Ski in Regina who brought out lots of skis and showshoes to enable people to try out the sport for the first time. It was a challenge to keep them coming and going but we were successful getting everyone a turn at the trails.

Again many thanks to Ken for his great grooming. He was finished grooming the trails at 10:00am and with all the snow and high winds the trails were almost invisible by noon. Yikes - we had some fun trying to learn to ski when the trails were blown almost immediately.

But that was just a minor inconvenience! We are a tough bunch and a little bit of snow and a lot of wind is not going to slow us down. Maybe the weather can slow us down but never stop us from enjoying the great facility that we have in Yorkton.

Susan did a great job again organizing the event along with lots of help from Roy who did a grand job working with our great sponsors (Sunshine and Ski) to get all the equipment for folks to use and Roy also did a great job promoting the event.

We had lots of support from club members who helped the newbies to learn to ski and also make sure that they did not get lost on the blown in trails. I bet Mike and Heather did not know that they would be Olympic calibre coaches after just joining the sport themselves several weeks ago. Also Ray did a great job getting people into and out of their bindings and likely did not even get a chance to ski himself!

Bill and Ken also made sure that people were able to get some basic instruction and most importantly - not lost!

We had lots of newcomers to both the sport and also to winter in Canada who embraced the chance to get out in cold windy Saskatchewan.

We will upload lots more pictures over the next few days so please check back to the blog often for updates and news.

The challenge of getting everyone to have access to equipment was lots of fun to manage but it was a great problem to have.

Thanks again to all those who helped out today (sorry for those who I miss because I am sure I will).

Ken, Susan, Roy, Donna, Barry, Ray, Mike, Heather, Bill, and all the club members who helped out the new skiers!

Sunshine and Ski from Regina also have to get a big thanks for lending all their gear to us for our use today!

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