The Black Jack Ski Club is kicking off its season with its annual membership drive, giving early-birders a chance at some sensational prizes.
For those who join early names are entered for draws Oct. 15 and Nov. 10, with the final draw going Dec. 1. Grand prizes include a Gericks $350 gift certificate, a day of Big Red Cat Skiing, and five Red Moutain card 3Packs. Early bird prizes include ski lessons, more Gericks gift certificates, Red 3Packs, passes to Better Life Fitness and tasty gifts from Alpine Grind and Mountain Nugget Chocolate.
But in addition to great prizes, the club has a lot to offer. Located just minutes north of Rossland, Black Jack owns 40-kilometres of scenic groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing, as well as a 2.5-kilometres of lighted track for night skiing, a 2.2-km doggy loop, three cabins, a biathlon range, and full ski rentals.
“Last year we had 727 members, a new record,” said Black Jack’s Wannes Luppens in an email. “It would be nice to do even better this year.”
Black Jack encourages young and experienced skiers, regardless of skill level to come out and enjoy the recreational low-impact sport. It offers lessons for ages 4-12 through their Jackrabbits and Bunnies programs that run December through March on Sundays and Tuesdays. For those who would like to help, there is an intro to coaching clinic Nov. 15-16 and community coaching clinic Nov. 28-30.
If looking to upgrade or for new skiers ready to gear-up, don’t miss Black Jack’s Snow Show and Ski Swap, Nov. 1 at the Prestige Hotel in Rossland. Drop off is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. with sales starting at 11 a.m.
With the Black Jack ski racers already training at Mamoth Lakes in California, the highlight of the season will be the Haywood NorAm Races hosted by Black Jack on Dec. 13-14, that brings together the top cross-country ski racers in North America and beyond.