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Early 2018/19 Season Update!

From the grooming report:

Nov. 24, 2018 - Trail packing and initial early-season grooming is going on at the Biathlon venue.

WELCOME to the 2018-2019 Ski Season! The planned opening of the Kiosk is Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2018.

Hours will be 9am - 2pm. 

Trail fees still apply outside of kiosk hours.

Always check the grooming report for the most accurate and latest conditions and updates!

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Nov 1st Early Bird Prize Winners

The results of our 2nd and last Early Bird Prize Draw are below. Congrats to our winners and thank you again to our amazing sponsors that supported our first and second draw!

Black Jack 2019/20 Seasons Pass- Kathy Moore

Red Mtn Resort 3 Day Local-Only pass- Brian Whiting

Mountain Nugget Chocolate Gift Certificate- Katharine Saether Pigott

Ski Lesson by Andy Morel- Robyn Laytham

Rossland Beer Company Growler & Glass- Reegan Leyland

See you at the Ski Swap Nov 3rd!

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Oct 20th- Trail Maintenance Day

There is a large list of tasks we are hoping to get accomplished before snow flies! After a successful Oct 14th trail day, we will be having one more on Sunday Oct 20th. Meet at the Trail Head cabin at 8:30 am for muffins and coffee and will start work at 9 am.

If anyone has access to chimney flue cleaning equipment, please let Sharman know. Additional questions can be forwarded to Sharman as well at s.naicker@hotmail.com

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2018/19 Bunnies & Jack Rabbit Program

Welcome to Andi Fancy, the new coordinator for the Bunnies and Jack Rabbits. Originally from New Zealand, Andi has a solid background in cross country skiing and program organization. She's already hard at work getting things going for this season. You can contact her at  blackjackbunnies@gmail.com.

Registration for the Bunny and Jackrabbit programs is open and the registration form can be found here. 
*all lesson participants must be members of Black Jack.
Visit the Skier Development website for descriptions of the programs and more 

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Oct 31st is last chance for early bird rates and to get in on our last prize draw!

Oct 31st is the last day for the discounted season pass rate!

If you need help with online registration (Zone 4) or to take advantage of the discounted price, please email membershipblackjack@gmail.com or phone 605-916-6261 before Oct 25th.  Otherwise, click here to register and see the 2018 rates.

All registrations are online with credit card only until the kiosk opens for the ski season at which time you may pay with cheque or cash onsite.

Passes will be available for pick up at the Ski Swap on Nov 3rd.  We will have a couple of computers on site to help with online registrations.

Then on Nov 1st, we will be doing our last prize draw for the early bird members. A huge thank you to our sponsors for the 2nd round of donations!

Black Jack Ski Club - 2019/20 Season Pass
Red Mountain Resort - an Adult 3-day Locals Only Card
Mountain Nugget Chocolates - $20 Gift Certificate
Andy Morel, CANSI instructor - Classic or Skate; beginner to advanced lesson
Rossland Beer Company - growler and beer glass

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Black Jack Ski Swap- Nov 3rd

2018 Ski Swap
Come and support our Track Attack and Racing programs! See you at the Prestige on Saturday, November 3rd. Equipment drop-off from 8:30-10:30 and sales start at 11 a.m. There will also be ski waxing, program registration and a chance to pick up your season pass. For more information, contact Sue at 250-362-2116.

And like to check out what the other clubs are selling?? Castlegar and Nelson are also hosing their own swaps:

Nelson Nordic Cross Country- Sunday, Oct 28th
Nelson Rod & Gun Club- 801 Railway St
Gear drop off starts at 9 am, Sales start at 11 am

Castlegar Nordic Ski Club- Saturday, Nov. 17th
Castlegar & District Community Complex
Gear drop off starts at 9:00 a.m.,  Sales start at 10:00 am

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Aug 31 2018 Early Bird Membership Winners

Congratulations to the following members who won the first early bird prize draw. Second and final draw be Oct 31st… be sure to register before then to take advantage of the discounted 2018/19 pricing and get your name in the draw!

1 Day ski with Big Red Cats- Roach Family

Alpine Grind $50 Gift Certificate- Natalia Ksiazek

1 month pass to Better Life Fitness- Marie Tremblay

Stainless Steel growler from Rossland Beer Co- Heather Glenn

Ski Lesson with Lesley Beatson-Vic Buehler

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Late Season Update

The Kiosk is officially closed as of April 2, 2018.

Grooming will continue daily until the 15th of April and then will continue to be groomed by volunteers on an ad hoc basis after that as conditions permit. Trail fees still apply.  Please use the self-pay envelopes in the big red mailbox by the kiosk.

The condition report above will not be updated on a daily basis now that the kiosk is closed. Please refer to the GPS grooming map and other references such as BC Highway Cam for Strawberry Pass for Biathlon conditions and the Red Mountain website weather report or Environment Canada to estimate Trail Head conditions.

To arrange Rentals - please contact 250-231-9502

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Black Jack Loppet Post Race Comments

My apologies to those who expected finish times but our club is trying to decrease our volunteer burn out and the board of directors felt that since this is meant to be a fun, participation event this would be an appropriate time to minimize our volunteers required.   

Most of our usual team of volunteers indicated that they would like to ski in the Loppet instead of being part of the timing team so we opted to put a clock at the finish line for participants to check at the end of their race.

Thank you for coming out to support our club event and we hope to see you again in the future.

Linda Merlo, organizing committee

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Tour de Soup Saturday, February 3 12-2 pm

On February 3rd, Black Jack Skier Development will host the popular Tour de Soup day at the ski trails.  There will be soup available at all three cabins from noon to 2 pm.  Bring your own mug and spoon.  The six soups are generously provided by local restaurants.  There is no cost for a trail pass but we respectfully ask that you consider a donation to the skier development fund.  This fund helps pay for all the great programming for children and youth at the club from age 3-25.  We have over 100 people in the program and it gives them a sport for life and skills that translate to all areas of life.  There will be donation jars in each of the cabins and at the trail head.  The kids will also have bake tables at each of the cabins if you want a little something else other than soup.  

Come out and enjoy our beautiful trails and meet members of the team from young to senior (in ski race terms anyway!)

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Third Early-Bird Draw Results

Already a record year for Black Jack membership with 753 signed up as of Dec 1, bringing Black Jack to a very close second in CCBC's Club Membership Contest.  Next year.

Thanks to the many prize donors for all of the Early Bird Draws making this membership drive such a success. Some have contributed many times to this contest.

And, the happy winners are.....

  • Black Jack membership for 2018-19: Mika Saban
  • $50 Alpine Grind gift certificate: Ophelia Mamon
  • $350 Gerick Sports gift certificate: Ian Wilson
  • Locals Ski Pass for Red Mountain: Jasmine Drolet
  • Mountain Nugget chocolates: Carolyn Quinlan
  • 2 B.C. Punch Passes: Finn Adamson
  • Pacific Coastal Airlines Gold Voucher for one return flight from Trail to Vancouver: Gordon Hill

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Second Early-bird Draw results

November 17th Early Bird Draw Results
Prize Drawn Name
10 x Punch Pass - Better Life Fitness Jill Peacock
$100 Gift Certificate from Gerick's Sports Milene Coombes
Black Jack 5 Punch Pass Alexander Mountain
Skate Ski Lesson with Lesley Beatson Jennifer Ellis
Mountain Nugget Chocolates Iain Reid

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First Early-Bird Draw Results

October 27th Early-bird Draw Results
Prize Winner
Mountain Nugget Chocolate Andrew van Vliet
$50 Gift Certificate from Gerick Sports Alyssa Franklin
Rossland Beer Company Growler Mike Maturo
Classic or Skate Ski Lesson with Andy Morel Fiona Dryden
Free Black Jack Day Pass and Ski Rental Alexandra Loeb

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Trail Status Update

Biathlon and Gibbards are ready for both classic and skating. We have good early season skiing conditions with good coverage (thanks to extensive mowing and brush cutting) but with the snow still a bit soft.

The two snowcats and one skidoo were busy the better part of yesterday thanks to Ethan, Rick and Howard. There will be more grooming this morning, Saturday Nov 4.

Check the grooming report for daily updates here.

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Ski Swap - Saturday November 4

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland

  • Equipment drop off 8:30-10:30am. Sale starts at 11am.
  • Get your Early-Bird season pass
  • Program Registration: Bunnies, Jack Rabbits, Track Attack, Junior Racers, Biathlon, Adult programs
  • Get your skis waxed by Track Attack / Junior Racers
  • Gerick’s experienced staff on hand with the latest ski gear
  • Cross country skiing is a great way to enjoy winter
  • Everyone Welcome!

                       For more info contact Sue: 250-362-2116

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Black Jack awarded Community Champion Award

Black Jack Ski Club has been awarded the 2016 Community Champion Award in recognition of their generous support of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, for hosting Slopes for Hope this year. Matt Toner, President and Penny Johnson, Slopes for Hope Coordinator, are pictured with the certificate. 

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