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Rossland cross-country ski races moved due to wet weather

12/12/2014 11:33 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST
Warm and wet weather in B.C.'s south east interior has meant a series of cross-country ski races set to be held this weekend in Rossland have had to move to higher ground.

"The snow has melted a lot," Dave Wood, the head coach with the Black Jack Ski Club told Daybreak South's Chris Walker.

"We're going to have a shovelling crew up there today to build the depth up."

The races were moved to trails at a higher elevation. Wood said skiers won't notice the difference, but the move means more work for organizers.

"There's not as much infrastructure there. There's no power up there, so generators, and the clubhouse is at the lower end. It requires moving equipment up and plowing out parking," he said.

Wood said it's important the race goes on, because for competitive skiers, it's an important part of their training

"I know there's many teams and clubs that are having this problem with this absurd weather. You lose the ability to ski. That's the worst aspect of it."

A former head coach with the Canadian Nordic Team, Wood said he's seen bizarre weather conditions. He said the most challenging part of this winter has been the huge variation in temperatures.

"The snow comes and then we have this warm stretch and then you lose it all, and then it comes back and then you lose it. That's the worst of it."

To hear more about the plans for this weekend's races in Rossland, click the audio labelled: Rossland cross-country ski races move to higher ground.

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