Thank you Wetzin'kwa Community Grant Program; SSSC Track Surface Project Complete!!!
Thank you Wetzin’kwa Community Grant Program for a 2020 grant of $14,595 towards our SSSC Track Surface Improvement Project purchase for the Smithers Ski and Snowboard club.Our contractor Graeme Tabor of Super Duty Forest Services did an exceptional job. In the course of a few weeks, Graeme and his small crew of young workers brushed all of Cinderella, lower Turkey Shoot, and cleared a significant area for the future Pumptrack. Graeme even found time to widen a sizeable section of Lower Turkey Shoot, and also took down some danger trees on Twinkle Toes! They exceeded all expectations, with brushing done ‘wall to wall’ and down to 10 cm or lower across all areas.
In addition, SSSC agreed to organize volunteer time for debris removal in order to maximize the ‘saw time’. We completed over 100 volunteer hours in July, September, and October 2020 on thoseruns, painstakingly hand throwing all woody debris, rocks, and picking up years of garbage on those runs. It was an all ages affair with club athletes as young as 5 helping out in the action.
The results have been astounding. Cinderella instantly became the most used run in November for people ski touring on the first inches of snow before the hill opened! For our club training, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort was able to groom wall to wall right from the start of the season to improve the track surface. The beautiful new yellow safety B-nets lined the run for the entire season, keeping athletes safe as they zoomed down the track. On Turkey Shoot, we successfully did a number of ‘Race Simulation Days’ and timed training for the younger athletes on the beautifully manicured slope. Dual courses were set up right to the end of April for eager athletes. The pumptrack was a great hit, with HBMR doing an exceptional job building and maintaining the track.
We sincerely appreciate the support of Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Board towards the Smithers Ski and Snowboard.