Nordic ski club opens new trails

The Kelowna Nordic Ski Club has opened a new parking lot and network of trails at the Joe Rich summit of Highway 33, providing a new 7.5-kilometre loop for cross country skiers.

The Kelowna Nordic Ski Club has opened a new parking lot and network of trails at the Joe Rich summit of Highway 33, providing a new 7.5-kilometre loop for cross country skiers.

The new lot is one kilometre from the Big White turn-off from Highway 33.

Great views of Big White and the ridge leading to Thunder Mountain are part of the attraction of the new loop trails.

They include an intermediate trail and an advanced trail which can be skied as a loop or be used as access to the Thunder Mountain trail (Kallis Creek Forestry Road).

They do connect to the main network of 63 kilometres of groomed trails.

There’s also a snowshoe trail that starts at that spot and provides access to the existing trails that lead up to Thunder Mountain or over to the Kallis Creek area. Along the way it offers better views than the old trails, notes Hugh Carmichael.

Snowshoers are asked not to use the ski trails, but there is a network of showshoe trails that are part of the Nordic Cross Country Ski Club’s facilities.

Dogs are also welcome to accompany skiers on some ski trails but not on others. Watch for the signs.

The club has organized a ski and snowshoe event for Sunday, Feb. 13 that involves skiing to the outer trails and then snowshoeing. Those interested should meet at the Apple Bowl at 9 a.m.

On Friday, Feb. 18, a moonlight ski has been organized, so it’s hoped that a clear night will permit the full moon to light the way. To sign up and get confirmation of the date, which is weather-dependent, contact Carmichael at hughccar@shaw.ca

For more information about the club, go to www.kelownanordic.com.