By Eleanor Wilson
The Nordic trails at Mt. Macpherson this past Saturday were alive with colourful jelly fish, clown fish, pink panthers and even a shark! These were just some of the creative costumes that 100 cross-country skiers donned for the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club’s annual Team Scream.
This year the theme was ‘Tropical.’ And it was! The hot sun burned through the clouds as skiers of all ages hit the 3.75 km Mickey Olsen trail. For relay racers, the first skier skied classic technique and tagged off to the second skier who skied skate technique. This fun race encouraged many combinations of teams: parent-child, buddy-buddy, new friends and old friends. There was also a skiathlon event where individual skiers did the whole relay race as an individual event. The Bunny Race kick-started the day as everyone cheered for these hearty four and five year-olds as they set off to ski the Stadium Loop or Titan.
Bunnies received homemade cookie medals and the fastest teams and individuals were recognized with ribbons and rounds of applause. There were also prizes for best costumes and ‘tough cookies.’ Lucky draw winners walked away with coconuts, pineapples, dragon fruits, pool passes, ski gear, gift certificates, chocolate and much, much more. A big thanks to local sponsors Coopers, Flowt, The City of Revelstoke Aquatic Centre and La Baguette. And let’s not forget that, amongst the racing, cheering, and dancing to energetic tunes, everyone was enjoying a very tasty chilli lunch cooked and served by volunteers, and provided by the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club.
There were over 30 volunteers who worked together on the race. Every job – big and small– contributed to making the day a memorable success. We’ll have to wait another year for the next Team Scream to come around again, but there is still lots of great skiing to be done on the trails of Mt. Macpherson!
Team Scream finish times are posted on the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club’s website at: http://www.revelstokenordic.org/. Here is a lovely selection of photos taken by Mike Thomas. Enjoy!