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Cold weather sees Yellowknife ski races postponed

Yellowknife Ski Club has decided to postpone its annual ski races as the weather is too cold to compete.

In keeping with most national ski organizations, Cross Country Canada imposes minimum temperature regulations on its members. Depending on your age, you can’t race below certain temperatures as there’s a risk of what Cross Country Canada terms “serious health concerns”.

The races were set to take place on Saturday, but the forecast high of -23C in Yellowknife suggests the weather will not cooperate.

Instead, organizers will try again on Saturday, February 27.

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“The cut-off temperature is -20C for midget and older and -15 for bantam and younger, as per Cross Country Canada rules,” said chief of competition Kerry Wheler in a message to competitors.

“Even though we are accustomed to skiing below minus020, the cut-off is specifically for racing.

“On the bright side, the long-term forecast for next Saturday looks promising for a fine race day.”

You don’t need to re-register if you had already signed up to take part. Registration will now remain open until Thursday, February 25.

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