True North - Page 6
Nowhere is the balance of life more evident in North Vancouver than during the winter. As if blessed by the snow gods, the city itself sees very little snowfall, yet the mountain tops glisten with fluffy white stuff all winter.
In less than 30 minutes, you can go from enjoying an ocean-front coffee to a world-class winter playground (the Olympics were the exception to our local mountain snowfall, yes, really). Three separate resorts offer a full spectrum, from downhill and Nordic skiing to an 8000-square-foot outdoor skating surface. But the trail runner in you is going to be drawn to the snowshoe running.
The snowshoe series, called The Yeti, consists of three events, one in North Van, one in Whistler and one on Vancouver Island. Says Marc Campbell, owner of The Yeti Snowshoe Racing Series (www.theyeti.ca), “North Vancouver is such a special place. It’s rare to find an area where you can run a snowshoe race in the morning and follow up with ocean kayaking or mountain biking in the afternoon.”
There are also nighttime snowshoe-running clinics in conjunction with the series. Nothing is quite like following a beam of light through a silent, snow-covered forest on a bed of cushy powder, among people who will attempt to rip your lungs out, and follow that up by paying for your first post-run pint.
This article appeared in our March 2011 issue.