Steeves: Join in an outdoors activity this month

Trail Mix: Lots is happening around the Central Okanagan in snow and indoors, in preparation for better weather outside.

With plunging winter temperatures finally finding us this week, my thoughts are turning to snowy adventures and activities, although I have quite enjoyed our unseasonably warm winter so far.

Snow at higher elevations, where we can go to ski, snowshoe or toboggan, is fine, but in the bottom of the valley, I’m quite happy to see the roads clear of the white stuff.

The Kelowna Nordic Ski Club is holding a Union Cycle & Ski Scavenger Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. from the main cabin and a beginner/intermediate snowshoe trip to Nordic Hilton at the same time and place.

Sat., Jan. 21, there’ll be a Thunder Mountain intermediate showshoe trip beginning at 9 a.m. Meet at the Apple Bowl. An all-day showshoe trip on some of the outer trails is planned for Sun., Jan. 29, with a ski tour beginning at Highway 33, Thunder Mtn. parking lot on new trails to the Meadow Cabin. Call Hugh at 763-5214 for more information.

For more details of upcoming events and ski conditions, go to the website at: kelownanordic.com

Laurie Bowen of Selah Outdoors Explorations reminds me that the seventh annual White Rabbit Showshoe Race is coming up Sat., Jan. 28 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

This year, they’re planning a showshoe festival to go along with the popular race: an afternoon of family-friendly free, or very-affordable fun. For example there’ll be free showshoe races for youngsters nine and under, a family snowshoe scavenger hunt, a bonfire cookout and more.

The top three finishers in the race will receive beautiful pewter snowshoe medals, and there are other great prizes to be won as well.

It’s a 10-kilometre race and a five-kilometre race. Details are posted on the website at: www.crystalresort.com

At Telemark Cross Country ski trails, the 26th annual Kelowna Apple Loppet is set for Sat., Jan 28 with Biathalon B.C. cup events there Feb. 11 and 12. For details, go to the website at: telemarkx-c.com.

If lower elevation activities interest you more, how about joining Brenda Thomson and the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for another in their Discover Nature series of local hikes Sat., Jan. 21. Meet at the Capital News Centre, 4105 Gordon Drive, inside by the library door at 10 a.m. Bring your lunch, water and a loonie for insurance, along with binoculars—and dress warmly. Pets should be left at home for this exploration of the Thomson Trail, Greenway and Belmont Park.

If you’d prefer to think about warmer weather, join April Vokey of Fly Gal Ventures at Trout Waters Fly and Tackle to learn how to tie B.C. steelhead fly patterns. Bring your own tools, but materials will be provided. Lots of one-on-one with small classes, Feb. 25, 5 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reserve your space by calling 860-2262.

Judie Steeves writes about outdoors issues for the Capital News.

jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

 

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