The annual Huckleberry Loppet is one of the Golden Nordic Club’s biggest events every year.

New coach excited for Golden’s winter season

The Golden Nordic Ski Club is eager to get going on the winter season, and get their nine programs up and running.

As soon as the snow starts falling, it will be time to strap on your skis. And if the predictions are correct, that may be sooner this year than usual.

Of course that it good news for all winter sport enthusiasts, and nordic skiers are no exception.

“As soon as the snow flies some of our programs will be getting going,” said Nicole Perrin, the new head coach for the Golden Nordic Club.

Perrin was here for part of last season, and is very excited to get everything going this year, for what should be a better weather season for the sport. Not only does the club offer nine different programs, ranging in both age and skill level, but Perrin will also be available for private lessons.

“Last year we had 40 youths involved in nordic programs, and this year we’d really like to see that increase to 60,” said Perrin. “But we really do cater to everyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how skilled you are, or how competitive you are. If you want to improve your skills we can help.”

Nordic skiing is a great cross training sport says Perrin. That means that the muscle groups you work out and strengthen through cross country skiing can help you with downhill skiing, soccer, mountain biking, and just about anything else you enjoy doing.

“It’s a really great sport for life,” added Perrin. “It’s a sport that you continue on throughout your whole life, not one you tend to give up as you get older.”

Perrin raced competitively for 14 years, and gained experience coaching for other Kootenay clubs before joining Golden. She is hoping some other skiers in Golden will come out and join her on the coaching team.

“We could definitely use some more coaches. And it doesn’t matter if you’re not fully certified, the club can help you out with that,” said Perrin.

If anyone is interested in coaching, or would like to know more about the many programs the Golden Nordic Club offers, Perrin can be contacted at coach@goldennordicclub.ca. Memberships are also available for the season, and can be purchased at www.goldennordicclub.ca.