Young skiers take off at the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club’s annual Snow Valley Open.

Young skiers take off at the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club’s annual Snow Valley Open.

Snow Valley success

The Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club held its annual Snow Valley Open race on Saturday, Jan. 26

The Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club held its annual Snow Valley Open race on Saturday, Jan. 26. It was a highly successful race with 68 skiers from Kitimat, Terrace and Smithers competing for the iconic chocolate bar prizes – no medals, but everyone gets a chocolate bar at the finish.

Some very good times were recorded: Connor Block finished 18 seconds ahead of the competition in the Peewee boys 1.5 km. And Amelie Hrynkiw was a full 48 seconds ahead of the Peewee girls. Johannes Vandenberg was 28 seconds ahead in the Midget Boys 3.5 km and Magda Vandenberg was almost nine minutes ahead of her competition. In the masters categories, Peter Krause of Smithers did the 7.5 in 22.44 minutes while Heidi Siebring took the women’s prizes in 34.58 minutes.

The skiers enjoyed dry weather and excellent snow conditions. And everyone loved the homemade soup and baking afterwards.

The club is looking forward to its next big event – the Snow Valley Marathon with varying distances suitable for the whole family at any skill level – on Saturday, Feb. 23. See the club’s website www.snowvalleynordics.com for full results of the race.