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Ski club brings back weekly challenge series for winter season

The Flin Flon Ski Club has restarted a event with the goal of getting more people out in nature this winter.
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Annika Plamondon, Santa hat and cape in tow, crosses the line during the Flin Flon Ski Club's 2020 Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet.

The Flin Flon Ski Club has restarted a event with the goal of getting more people out in nature this winter.

The club is kicking off the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series, an eight-week sequence of different events on the club’s trail system, designed to get more people out in the snow. The club introduced the series last year and are bringing it back for 

“We will be running the program for eight straight weeks and we’re hoping to eclipse the 8,000+ kilometres that were skied on our  beautiful trails by participants last year,” said club president Dean Grove.

For each of the next eight weeks, the club will announce a new challenge each Monday, setting aside a specific portion of the trail and a type of event. From that Monday until th following Saturday night, skiers will be able to go through that section while timing themselves, post a time and enter it in to the club’s website. At the end of the week, a skier will be selected at random to win a prize, while if daily temperatures have highs over minus-15 degrees, the club will offer prizes to both the fastest male and female skiers.

“The objective is to get people to try new trails and to use friendly competition as motivation to ski regularly,” reads the announcement from the club.

“If you are going to live in the Flin Flon area during COVID-19, you might as well get out and enjoy winter.”

The first event in the series is already underway - a classic ski event going over one lap of the Valley loop, the same 2.3 kilometre circuit used for the club’s annual Centaloppet without the mass start area in the marsh near the chalet. Competitors can go around the loop either clockwise or counterclockwise, but must start at the club’s chalet. Times and entries can be sent in to the club by emailing bigisland5959@gmail.com before 10 p.m. Jan. 15.