Preparations underway for Snow Days

There are not many people worldwide who would dispute the impact and success of the 2010 Olympic effort by the province of B.C. or the response of Canadians. We believe that Canadians in general and, in particular, B.C. residents found a new spirit, pride, faith in and love for their province that had never truly been expressed prior to these Olympics. The event was not only historic to us as Canadians, it was historic in the eyes of the world. Our communities experienced something worth honouring, worth re-living, worth building on and the Moose Mouse Biathlon is by design such an event. This biathlon event is meant to be a fun, takeoff on the Olympic Biathlon, using both cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing combined with paint-ball marksmanship as the biathlon skill challenge. It has the potential to involve many communities from the area instead of countries from around the world. It has the appeal to bring people out into winter recreation that might not otherwise venture out. In preparation for the Biathlon we will be offering cross-country ski clinics Saturday, Feb. 5 in Finlayson Park. All are welcome to participate. On Saturday, Feb. 19, snow events and the Biathlon preparation will be in full swing. A Family Snow Play Day is planned for Saturday afternoon so that children and families can prepare their snow creations for the light up that evening. As well the, commit-tee is allowing for the need to run qualifying short races on this day. This is for placement of biathlon registrants into the appropriate category of novice or advanced. Remember-ing that it is for fun we need to try to level the playing field Also on Saturday in the evening is the Lantern Ski/Walk, ‘Hope For Haiti’ Fundraiser around Finlayson Park. With paths and trails lit by ice candles and Snow Village creations lit up by tea lights and glow products this also promises to be quite a unique event. There will be an outdoor ‘Im-ages of 2010’ presentation as well. The light –up will done with help of the participants at 7 p.m. sharp. The Moose Mouse Biathlon day will be-gin on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. with registration, rental distribution, a course layout, safety and rules of participation session followed by a paintball gun-safe handling and shooting Session. Attendance to these sessions will be mandatory for all participants. Community teams will be registered as to location and hope-fully will bring with them a municipal flag to display. The course will consist of two distances. A short course for the novice skiers/snow shoe’ers and a longer course for the advanced skiers/ snowshoe’ers. Four paintball targets and four shooting stations with 1 gun each will be set up in the fenced in ball diamond with the backstop as the backdrop for the targets. A block of ski races will be alternated with a block of snowshoe races beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the individual races by twos. The novice individual races will run first followed by the novice relay team races. The advanced races will run last. Experienced local adult paintball enthusiasts are needed to help with the event. Volunteers are also needed to help with varying aspects of the event, such as the hundreds of ice candles that will light Finlayson Park path-ways and ski trails. For more information, contact Pam at 250-515-1692. Submitted by the Sicamous Snow Days Committee Banner Time to start paint-ing street banners again in Sicamous. The theme this year is Sunny Sicamous. (You remember that gold orb in the sky, don’t you?) Potential banner painters are invited to play with the theme and bring some sunshine into these bleak days. Painting will take place between Feb. 1 to March 15, upstairs at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre. Registration forms can be picked up in January from True Value Hard-ware on Main Street or at the recreation centre after Feb. 1. For further in-formation, contact Yvonne Walmsley at 250-836-3044 or Vreni Bieri at 250-836-4396.