With the arrival of snow at higher elevations, the Telemark Nordic racing program is making the transition from dry land to on-snow training. The summer and fall training has consisted of running, roller skiing, mountain biking, strength training and, for a lucky few Telemark athletes, glacier skiing.
Coach Adam Elliot is entering his fourth season at the helm of Telemark’s cross-country ski racing program. Adam has been chosen as one of only 11 Nordic ski coaches in Canada to receive funding through Cross Country Canada and the National Winter Sport Association. By receiving the funding, Adam has been recognized for helping three Telemark racing team athletes qualify to train at National Training Centres as well as his coaching work within B.C.
Emily Ertel and Jeff Kerkovius both qualified and accepted invitations to train at National Training Centres based on their race results last season. David Palmer declined his selection to pursue further education, but will continue to race and train at a high level with the Blackjack ski club in Rossland.
Elliot oversees the training of both the racing and junior development programs. The racing program is geared towards older athletes aged 13-18 and is only open by invitation. The junior development program is aimed at 10-15 year olds of all skill levels who want to have fun while learning great ski technique and how to ski fast. There are presently 30 athletes taking part in the program.
Coach Elliot is also the head coach of the BC development ski team and will lead the B.C. ski team and development team in an on snow camp at the Callaghan Valley ski area this weekend.
The Callaghan valley site was the site of the 2010 Olympic Nordic events.
The following weekend is the annual Okanagan Region on snow camp held at Silverstar. Adam is the head coach for this weekend with help from other club coaches and parents.
This camp is open to skiers from clubs in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke and Kamloops.
It is expected that 20 athletes from Telemark will be attending this camp.
Telemark Ski club is a cross-country ski club located up Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna.
The ski club is a non-profit organization that operates a heated chalet, indoor bathrooms and has over 55km of groomed ski trails and 40 km of snowshoe trails. The club operates a variety of other ski programs and lessons. More information on the racing program and how to join the club can be found at telemakracers.org