Vernon, B.C. — Just 84.9 centimetres until the opening of Silver Star’s 2009/10 alpine ski season after the resort awoke to snowy skies Tuesday.
“The heck with that, I just need another 9.9 centimetres,” boasted Glenn Bond, Nordic manager for the resort. “We’ve got the Canadian National team booked to come as soon as we have enough snow, so it’s nice to see the change in the seasons.”
Always eager, Bond even strapped on a pair of old skis and went for a tour around the village.
“I actually was sliding in spots.”
Bond said the anticipation of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is generating an enormous buzz in the cross country community. Besides Team Canada, Silver Star will play host to eight other national Olympic teams, most notably the Norwegian team.
“They are to cross country skiing to what Canada is to hockey,” noted Bond. “It’s so much part of their culture. They are the team everyone wants to emulate. It’s going to be an exciting season.”
Bond is also busy preparing for the resort’s Cross Country Ski Camps, slated to run from November 28 to December 6. With some of the best coaches in the region descending on the mountain, Bond said he expects the Olympics to boost interest in the sport. He said the added exposure of elite athletes would only benefit the sport.
“The Olympics in our backyard is the best advertising we could ask for.”
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