- Registered not-for-profit nordic ski association working to support skiers of all ages and abilities in the town of Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
- Member of Cross Country Canada, and ofTerritorial Sport Organization, Cross Country Northwest Territories.
- Dedicated Board Members, Instructors, Maintenance Personnel and other volunteers offer ski programming and maintain groomed classic and skate ski trails.
- Rental equipment available to Members and day-users through contact with the Inuvik Ski Club Board of Directors.
Our club relies entirely on volunteer-run operations (a huge thank-you to all our dedicated volunteers). For that reason, we are flexible in our programming and do not have regular hours of operation. To get in contact with someone from the club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There are 8 km of trails used by the Inuvik Ski Club. Trails are maintained regularly by a team of volunteer groomers.
- NEW USERS: Please take a trail map with you, as there are some locations where snowmobile trails merge with our ski trails.
- DOGS: Birch Loop is available to those who like to ski with their canine companions. Dogs are permitted on the Birch Loop and on the trail to the culvert. Turn left immediately after the culvert to get to the Birch Loop. Please ensure that your dog is under control and not interfering with the pleasure of other users, and of course please clean up your dog's droppings. We ask that people avoid skiing on the trails with their dogs during the week prior to the club's special events.
- The ISC Chalet is located at the head of the green trail, on Gwich’in Road, next to the Jackrabbit Hill. The Chalet is a cozy place to change your boots, meet friends, and have a snack.
- The Inuvik Ski Club ski hut is open to all Members and their short-term guests. Members can obtain the access code to the building with membership fees.
- The hut is heated but has no running water or toilet facilities. The nearest rest rooms are located at the Midnight Sun Recreation Centre across Gwich'in Road from the ski hut.
- A limited number of lockers are available for Members to store their skis, and are available for rent at $20 per season (Oct 1st - May 1st).
- The hut also has ski waxing benches, waxing irons and a selection of waxes available to Members.
- The Inuvik Ski Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization. We rely on the hard work and dedication of folks who love winter and our community.
- Love skiing? Join us!
- Become a Coach. We hold the National Coaching Certification Program's Introduction to Community Coaching course for parents, students, athletes, and friends who want to learn to coach children in skiing.
- Become a Board Member (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors of Maintenance, Programming, and Events)
- Join a Committee:Top of the World Loppet Committee, Jackrabbits Committee, Ski Host Committee, Trails Committee.
- Volunteer for an event.
- Help with trail clearing in September, October, and November.
- The Inuvik Ski Club strives to offer programming for skiers of all ages and abilities.
- This past season we've had Learn to Ski lessons for adults, Women on Skis Day, Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits, East Three High School skiing, Inuvik Youth Centre FUNdamentals, and waxing and technique sessions for all ages.
- FISCHER skis and boots, and SWIX poles are available for skiers of all sizes, and are free to rent during Club events. All new rental equipment as of 2016!
- Rates are $20 daily, $80 weekly, and $200 monthly
- The Chalet is available for rent for events & workshops
- Have a suggestion for a program or event you'd like to see? Let us know, and we will work with you to organize it!
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors
Patrick Gall works with the Aurora Research Institute in the Technology Development, and runs a bicycle mechanic shop. Patrick is an avid cyclist and gear-head, but recently dove (sometimes literally) into skiing.
Talk to Patrick about equipment and rentals!
CO-DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE
Jay Frandsen works as a Resource Management Officer with Parks Canada, and works on trail maintenance and grooming with the Inuvik Ski Club. When he's not making fast tracks, Jay hikes, camps, and plays sports.
Talk to Jay about trail maintenance!
Holly Jones works as a Communications Specialist with the Gwich'in Land and Water Board. Holly has ski raced on the Canadianvarsity and national circuits, and has been coaching (and loving fast downhills) for 10 years.
Talk to Holly about lessons for adults and kids!
Brandon Johnston works as a Senior Account Manager at Inuvialuit Corporate Group. Brandon is a dad to 3 little skiers, and a multi-sport athlete who recently competed in the 2017 Race the Peel canoe race from Fort McPherson to Aklavik, NT.
Talk to Brandon about our budget!
Co-Director of Maintenance
Sasha Olekshy works as a Visitor Safety Coordinator with Parks Canada, and is a travel and adventure enthusiast. He loves trail maintenance so much, he owns his own chainsaw!
Vanessa Cunningham works as a Fisheries Resource Specialist at the Fisheries Joint Management Committee. An avid runner and cyclist, she is a great new asset to our Board team!
SKIING IN NWT
The Northwest Territories has a proud tradition of participation in cross country skiing. Twin sisters, Sharon and Shirley Firth, became the most celebrated skiers in Canada's cross country skiing history.
These athletes, along with their Mackenzie Delta team-mates, formed the nucleus of Canada's national cross country ski team in the early 1970's. Sharon and Shirley represented Canada in World Championships and Winter Olympic Games.
This inspiration percolated throughout the north and inspired ski club development in small settlements and larger communities alike. In the mid- 1970's, Sport North established itself, providing support for various ski development programs.
Father Mouchet was an Oblate priest who came to Northern Canada in 1946, from his hometown of Malbuisson, France. He was initially posted in Telegraph Creek, BC, but then was posted to Old Crow, Inuvik, Whitehorse and Ross River.
While living in Inuvik, Father Mouchet founded the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (TEST) Program. This program was supported by the NWT Government to develop an outdoor education program in Inuvik. The TEST program grew to include many Northern communities, including the home base of the program in Old Crow, Yukon.
It was Father Mouchet’s hope that providing the community with competitive and recreational sports training it would serve in delivering “more self-esteem and confidence, motivation and a tool for the rest of their lives in a complex and complicated world”. The inspiration that cultivated from this program stimulated ski club development and cross country ski training programs in communities across the Northwest Territories.
Introduction to Community Coaching Workshop, Inuvik
New coach? Start here! This workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the supervision of more experienced coaches. The orientation is for skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age. Coaches will be taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground.
Prerequisites: The minimum age requirement is 14 years. Coaches are asked to complete the online Coach Initiation in Sport e-learning module (available here, cost $15) before participating in this course.
We operate with support from
Cross Country Northwest Territories
Cross Country Northwest Territories (CCNWT) is a non-profit volunteer organization, and serves two primary functions:
- Territorial Sport Organization for cross country skiing with Sport North.
- Northwest Territories division of Cross Country Canada, the national sport governing body for cross country skiing.
NWT Ski Division Objectives:
The objectives of the Division shall be to develop, encourage, promote and maintain the sport or activity of skiing throughout the Northwest Territories. For more information, visit the CCNWT website, and view the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan below:
Thank you, to our supporters!
© 2017 Inuvik Ski Club | Registered as a Non-Profit Society under SOCIETIES ACT R.S.N.W.T. 1988,c.S-11, No. 700853 | PO Box 1995, Inuvik, NT. X0E 0T0