A new program has been launched to open up cross-country skiing services to anyone who may be part of an equity-deserving group at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre.
The cross-country ski and snowshoe track above Apex Mountain Resort announced the launch of the Rainbow Outdoor Collective (ROC), which is a new program designed to encourage a "lifelong enjoyment of cross-country skiing."
Funded by Sport Canada, and in partnership with Nordiq Canada, the McKinney Nordic Club, and the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, the program is available for all youth aged 12-25 for the 2023 season.
To enter the ROC program, participants have to agree to the centre's core values and code of conduct as outlined.
"Members of the ROC agree to treat all individuals equally and with respect regardless of race, age, ability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, socio-economic circumstance, athletic ability, or body type/size," their post reads.
"No matter who you are, you are welcome to ski with us. Whether you are a beginner or looking to become competitive – we will teach you how to enjoy the sport to the best of your ability and at your own pace."
Everyone under the ROC program will be expected to adopt the principles of inclusivity and acceptance of all individuals.
"We all play together, safe, respectful, and non-judgmental."
The ROC provides complimentary cross-country ski trail tickets, rentals, lessons, and transportation from Penticton (Sundays only, limited capacity), which is valid Sun-Friday only.
For more information on how to join, visit their website here.