The Flin Flon Ski Club has hit upon a new idea to get skiers out on the trails - a series of weekly contests, including a special set of challenges this week.
The club has launched the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series, a set of weekly challenges throughout the skiing season to promote both the sport and outdoor physical activity.
The series is now entering its sixth week. Last week, 71 skiers entered, combining for 580 kilometres of overall distance skied.
Every week, the club has designated a specific route or trail for skiers to ski down as an “official course”, with skiers able to time themselves and and enter their time by emailing club president Dean Grove at email@example.com. Entry is free each week and each week runs from Monday until Saturday, ending at 10 p.m. before resetting for the week.
While there are prizes set aside for fastest times by both male and female skiers, all entrants will be entered into a pool for participation prizes, provided by ski club sponsors.
Instead of holding the annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet, the ski club’s main annual event typically held on the first Sunday in March, the club will incorporate it into the ski series. No big event will be held March 7 - instead, a similar competition will take place on the trails throughout the week remotely. The club hopes to see more than 100 skiers out on the trail during the week - a participation goal organizers have desired, but not recently seen. The designated trail is a roughly two-kilometre loop used typically for the Centaloppet event and the prize list will include some of the same prizes often seen at the Centaloppet - best costume, youngest skier, oldest skier and family prizes will be part of the package this week.
The club plans to take the times obtained through the week and run them through the same complicated system of weights and formulas used to determine the winner of the annual Centaloppet Cup - the winner of which is determined by age, finish time, gender and other factors.
Further information can be found at the Flin Flon Ski Club’s website at flinflonskiclub.com.