cross country skiing

Middle distance cross-country race medal winners Natalie Wilkie, with a silver, poses with Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kononova, gold, and Iryna Bui, bronze, at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. 
(Shannon Galea/Canadian Paralympic Committee photo)

Salmon Arm Paralympian Natalie Wilkie reflects on expectations, success at 2022 Games

“After the accident, I was seeking normalcy and I found it in training”

  • Apr 6, 2022

 

Larch Hill’s Para Nordic sit skiers Lily Brook and Kaden Baum both earned medals at the 2022 Canadian Ski Championships held at Whistler Olympic Park, March 20 to 27. (Donna Flatman photo)

Larch Hills skiers supported by Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie, Maggie Beckner at Nationals

Sit skiers Lily Brook and Kaden Baum achieve personal bests and medal wins

  • Mar 28, 2022

 

Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie, left, skied to two golds, a silver and then a bronze in the recent Paralympic Games in Beijing, while Jaeden Izik-Dzurko took first place in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition which, in addition to a cash award, also comes with a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Oct. 14, 2022. (Photos contributed)

Column: Young Salmon Arm champions share much in common

Trail Tales by Marcia Beckner

  • Mar 22, 2022

 

Larch Hills Junior Race team member Ian Orchard competes in the interval skate during the Teck BC Championships held in Prince George March 4-6. He placed second on Friday and Saturday, earning him a third place overall aggregate award for the Teck BC Cup 3 event series this season. (Brad Calkins photo)

Shuswap’s Larch Hills junior racers compete in Teck BC Championships

Event held March 4-6 in Prince George

  • Mar 10, 2022
Larch Hills Junior Race team member Ian Orchard competes in the interval skate during the Teck BC Championships held in Prince George March 4-6. He placed second on Friday and Saturday, earning him a third place overall aggregate award for the Teck BC Cup 3 event series this season. (Brad Calkins photo)
Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie has plenty to celebrate after winning a gold medal March 9 in the sprint event at the Zhangjiakou Biathlon Centre during the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Nordiq Canada image)

Salmon Arm athlete’s gold rush continues in exciting Paralympic Games sprint

Natalie Wilkie earns second gold this week as she powers past Norwegian skier in final stretch

Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie has plenty to celebrate after winning a gold medal March 9 in the sprint event at the Zhangjiakou Biathlon Centre during the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Nordiq Canada image)
Salmon Arm's Natalie Wilkie captures gold March 7 in the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing in the women’s 15-kilometre classic-ski race. (Nordiq Canada image)

Salmon Arm’s Natalie Wilkie captures gold at 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

Wilkie: ‘This is for sure one of the best races that I have ever done’

Salmon Arm's Natalie Wilkie captures gold March 7 in the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing in the women’s 15-kilometre classic-ski race. (Nordiq Canada image)
Gideon Breugem skis to his third first place finish at this weekend’s Track Attack Championship at the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Brad Calkins photo)

Shuswap skiers outstanding at Teck Track Attack Championship

Larch Hills racers off to Prince George for Teck BC Championships

  • Mar 2, 2022
Gideon Breugem skis to his third first place finish at this weekend’s Track Attack Championship at the Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Brad Calkins photo)
Thola Heckrodt races up The Beast during the Teck BC Cup Interval start classic even at Larch Hills on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. (Brad Calkins photo)

More than 400 athletes compete in weekend of Teck BC Cup events at Shuswap’s Larch Hills

Cross-country skiers face up-hill challenges with Roller Coaster and The Beast

  • Feb 14, 2022
Thola Heckrodt races up The Beast during the Teck BC Cup Interval start classic even at Larch Hills on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. (Brad Calkins photo)
Jabin Zuidof, Frankie Ayotte, Simon Bakker and Jacob Hepburn attempted to traverse the 200-kilometres of groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails at Larch Hills in a 24-hour period. (Contributed)
Jabin Zuidof, Frankie Ayotte, Simon Bakker and Jacob Hepburn attempted to traverse the 200-kilometres of groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails at Larch Hills in a 24-hour period. (Contributed)
Classes of elementary school students leave the stadium at Larch Hills to enjoy a day of cross-country skiing. (Contributed)

Opinion: Young Shuswap skiers find their groove at Larch Hills

Trail Tales by Marcia Beckner

  • Jan 27, 2022
Classes of elementary school students leave the stadium at Larch Hills to enjoy a day of cross-country skiing. (Contributed)
Larch Hills Nordics skier Max Calkins competes in the 2022 Teck OK Cup 1 - BCWG Trials Zone 2 in Revelstoke on Sunday, Jan. 2. At the race event Calkins qualified for the BC Winter Games. (Brad Calkins photo)

Strong return to race circuit for Larch Hills skiers

A strong contingent of Larch Hills skiers had a great weekend of…

  • Jan 12, 2022
Larch Hills Nordics skier Max Calkins competes in the 2022 Teck OK Cup 1 - BCWG Trials Zone 2 in Revelstoke on Sunday, Jan. 2. At the race event Calkins qualified for the BC Winter Games. (Brad Calkins photo)
A candle-lit tree helped light the way for skiers participating in the Larch Hills Lantern Ski event held Saturday evening, Jan. 8, 2022. (Marcia Beckner photo)

Donations at successful Larch Hills Lantern Ski doubled by Rotary

Rotary Club of Salmon Arm tops up donations to food bank

A candle-lit tree helped light the way for skiers participating in the Larch Hills Lantern Ski event held Saturday evening, Jan. 8, 2022. (Marcia Beckner photo)
This small igloo could be seen at Larch Hills back in February of 2021. (Marcia Beckner photo)

Column: ‘There’s no bad weather, just bad gear’

Trail Tales by Marcia Beckner

  • Jan 7, 2022
This small igloo could be seen at Larch Hills back in February of 2021. (Marcia Beckner photo)
Brett Renaud alongside his dog Molly at the Revelstoke Golf Club. (Contributed by Brett Renaud)

VIDEO: B.C. man turns snowy golf course into cross country ski track

Brett Renaud lives steps away from the golf course, and spends some of his free time grooming tracks

Brett Renaud alongside his dog Molly at the Revelstoke Golf Club. (Contributed by Brett Renaud)
The annual Larch Hills Lantern Ski planned for Dec. 29 was postponed to this Saturday, Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)

Rescheduled Larch Hills Lantern Ski takes place this Saturday

Original Dec. 29 event was postponed due to extreme cold

The annual Larch Hills Lantern Ski planned for Dec. 29 was postponed to this Saturday, Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)
A few dozen people took to the ice of Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, despite temperatures hovering in the -15 to -20 C range, where they were playing hockey, riding fat bikes, cross-country skiing and generally enjoying the beauty of nature. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Frozen Shuswap Lake beautiful but fire chief warns of dangers

Temperatures forecast to warm heading towards weekend

A few dozen people took to the ice of Shuswap Lake on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, despite temperatures hovering in the -15 to -20 C range, where they were playing hockey, riding fat bikes, cross-country skiing and generally enjoying the beauty of nature. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Trees offer protection from the wind on cold days (Britt Bailey)

Kelowna residents stay active amid freezing conditions

With the right layers, it is possible to stay active in all conditions

Trees offer protection from the wind on cold days (Britt Bailey)
Fiona Woodman, one of many local skiers who will be competing on Jan. 2 on vying for a spot to represent the Okanagan Division at the BC Winter Games, racing at the recent Western Canadian Ski Championships. (Contributed by Revelstoke Nordic)

Revelstoke Nordic Ski club to host cross country ski trials ahead of BC Winter Games

Skiers of all ages will be competing at the event on Jan. 2

Fiona Woodman, one of many local skiers who will be competing on Jan. 2 on vying for a spot to represent the Okanagan Division at the BC Winter Games, racing at the recent Western Canadian Ski Championships. (Contributed by Revelstoke Nordic)
In response to a cold front moving in, the annual Larch Hills lantern ski event planned for Dec. 29 has been postponed to Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)

Icy evening outing averted with postponement of Larch Hills lantern ski event

Salmon Arm: colder temperatures on the way but record-breaking lows not anticipated

In response to a cold front moving in, the annual Larch Hills lantern ski event planned for Dec. 29 has been postponed to Jan. 8. (Brad Calkins photo)
The Larch Hills Nordic Society hosts a grand opening of phases 1 and 2 of its ongoing trail lighting project at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Marcia Beckner photo)
The Larch Hills Nordic Society hosts a grand opening of phases 1 and 2 of its ongoing trail lighting project at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Marcia Beckner photo)