Nordic skiers are preparing to take on the trails at the 5th annual Chocolate Chip Cup.

Nordic skiers are preparing to take on the trails at the 5th annual Chocolate Chip Cup.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup for youth nordic skiers in Golden

The Golden Nordic Ski Club is hosting their 5th Annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup on Jan. 20.

The Golden Nordic Ski Club is hosting their 5th Annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup on Jan. 20.

The club is expecting more than 40 participants for the fun event, from their Jack Rabbits program, FUNdamentals and Learning to Train programs, and the Grade 7s who are participating in the S’Cool Ski program.

There will be six different events throughout the day with the Team Sprint finishing off as the main event.

The Adventure Trail will take place on the ski playground adjacent to the dry beaver pond. The un-groomed track will have numerous bumps, jumps, herringbone hill climbs and slalom poles.

In the Snowplow Slalom, students must snowplow without poles through 10 cones on a hill, 20 metres from the stadium.

For Hockey Night in Canada, kids will split into two teams and must score goals by shooting the ball with their sticks through a low net at each end, just as in hockey. They have purchased specific outdoor soft sticks for this event and are very safe.

Scooter Tag is an event where all of the skiers will ski with one ski only, and push with the other leg. This encourages lengthened glide on the ski with good weight shift.

Then there’s the Zombie Attack. One person is designated “it” to start the game, and throws a sock toy at the “live” players until they are all turned into zombies.

Finally there is a 3-Leg Biathlon. Two kids are tied together on the inside leg, and carry tennis balls to the range. Two hoops are at the end of the range and the kids must each throw their ball through the hoop. If they miss, they ski the penalty loop then head back to the start/finish line. The course length will be adjusted for the age of the participant.

The Team Sprint Event will include all participants, with age categories going from six up to 15. Three skiers at a time (there will be two skiers per team), will ski the course three times each.

The event will take place entirely within the stadium and the skiers will be seen entirely by the spectators.

Times will be posted to the website and also on the notice board at the Daylodge. Every child will get an award, which will of course be a huge chocolate chip cookie medal, and a free T-shirt.

There will be hot chocolate and goodies available during this event for all competitors and spectators to keep warm as well as a warm Daylodge where spectators can view the festivities from the front balcony.

This is a fun free event for kids, starting at 1 p.m.