By Jo Hughes. As the winter rains hit the coast, cross country ski racers are prepping their skis for this year’s race season. Manning Park Resort Nordic is ready for racing, training and those who like to ski for fun!
Registration is now open for the Cascade Cup Classic Loppet through the Zone 4 website. This year’s race will feature the traditional 30km distance as well as 15km & 4km events. This year there will also be a 2km race for those very new to cross country racing! The Cascade Cup Classic will take place at Manning Park on Saturday, February 14th. Register early for great discounts! Entry into the race includes a day pass for the trails, so racers can make a full day of it and take part in the Valentine’s Day Lantern Lit Ski that evening.
Snow has also started falling in the mountains so the forests and meadows that line the trails in Manning Park are turning into winter wonderlands! The Manning Park Resort Nordic Centre is planning on opening this year on November 29th. Dig out your gear or rent some from the Nordic Centre to get out on the snow. Check the Manning Park Resort website for available trails and early season discounts.
For those who didn’t get a chance to try the new Cascade Lookout and Blackwall Peak Trails last year, a fantastic experience awaits. On a blue sky day these are the most scenic Nordic trails in the park featuring incredible views of the Cascade Mountains. Looking to get race ready? These trails follow a gradual incline up to an elevation of 1800m – perfect for increasing your oxygen capacity. Be sure to pack a warm layer though for the trip back down!
Wider skis or a single board more your style? Not to worry, the Manning Park Resort Alpine Area is also getting ready for winter. Fall brushing crews worked hard this year to ready the mountain for great skiing and boarding right from the get go. Opening weekend will be December 13-14th and the mountain will open for 7 day a week operations starting December 19th.