X-Country Skiing & My Accreditation

One of the legacies left by the Games will be the excellent cross-country ski facilities at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, just south of Whistler. In just a few weeks, it will be the site of the cross-country, biathlon, Nordic combined and ski jumping events for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In the meantime, the public is able to ski selected trails in the Park, as well as all of the trails next door at Callaghan Country.

Entrance to Whistler Olympic Park

Lots of fresh snow had been falling the past couple of days in Whistler and the Callaghan Valley. This continued for much of this morning in those areas, but in Squamish it was a few degrees warmer and raining heavily. Fortunately, the weather forecaster’s prediction came true and the precipitation ended by noon. Hints of blue sky peeked through the clouds as I loaded up my ski gear and headed up to Callaghan Country just after lunch.

The morning snow covered up much of the grooming and track setting done prior to opening earlier this morning. This made it for more of a back-country experience as I headed up the Mainline trail up to Callaghan Lake, 9 kilometres away. If you want to see what the area looks like on a clearer day, have a look at my pictures from before Christmas.

Whistler Accreditation Centre Entrance

I only made it a little more than halfway to the Lake before turning back and heading up to Whistler to complete my own accreditation for my volunteer role. I was able to meet some of my fellow volunteers and see how our work area is set up at the Whistler Accreditation Centre. I also had a chance to snap a few pictures of Whistler in the late afternoon sun, including some pictures of my co-workers.

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