by Tom Hakala, with Jack Van Dorp

As an addendum to last month’s editorial on adult ski lessons… I received a note from Marcie at Suntrail letting me know that Suntrail also offers adult ski lessons. Just call, email or drop in to Suntrail for details.

Now on to this month’s exciting news.

Jack Van Dorp has come up with a plan, a cunning plan, for implementing a Time Trial Series at Sawmill every Thursday evening (or early morning). Here is what Jack says:

Want a fun challenge and camaraderie in the deep dark of this COVID winter?

Thursday Evening (& Morning) Time Trials are your chance! Each week has a set course and technique. Courses vary in distance and difficulty, and between classic and skate techniques.  Each course is scheduled to occur twice in each technique over the course of the winter.

Challenge your friends, but if skiing at the same time as others be sure to maintain social distance, and leave an interval between starts.

To avoid high-traffic trail times, competition is only permitted before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. each Thursday.

All courses start from the “official” start-finish line, at the bench in the stadium. You are responsible for timing yourself from start to finish, and completing the form online. Click here to submit your results.

There will be no race officials, no timing people or other volunteers, course markings, or hut access.  This is a self-catered honour system event.  “Official” times are based on doing the “Official” course and technique for that date. If you do the other technique, or another ‘Official’ course, just fill out the form with what you did so the results are accurate.

You can find the results by clicking here. Strava segments have also been created for each course.

There will be four different courses, with a different course each week.

Go to the Thursday Evening Time Trials page for all the information about the Time Trials.

Time Trial Risk Management:

  • Headlamps recommended especially when the course is beyond the lit loop
  • Participation is 100% voluntary.

Thursday Evening Time Trials Schedule