Vanderhoof cross-country skiing begins in P.E.

Vanderhoof kids now have a free pass to learn how to travel on snowy rolling hills.

Young skiers learn their way around cross-country skis in the Jackrabbit program this January.

Vanderhoof kids now have a free pass to learn how to travel on snowy rolling hills.

This January, Grade 3 students in Vanderhoof will learn cross-country skiing as part of their physical education program at Nechako Valley Sporting Association’s grounds.

“The purpose is to provide young students in the Vanderhoof area the opportunity to learn to cross-country ski,” said Nechako Nordics Ski Club’s Richard Burkholder. The group commits to provide the program for at least three years.

The NVSA Ski S’Kool Program, involving four weekly lessons taught by volunteer coaches, will be participated by about 110 students from Northside Christian, Mapes, Sinkut View, Evelyn Dickson, and W. L. McLeod Elementary schools.

For the new program, Nechako Nordics purchased 50 new sets of equipment — resources that can be the beginning to a local rental program, Burkholder said.

Also new to the ski club this year are adult cross-country skiing classes, more details of which will come in December. Along with ski tours to local attractions including the Waterlily Lake trails, the club is looking to cater to expand their programming to other skiers in the community.