A History of 100 Mile Nordics

1977     The South Cariboo Cross Country Ski Society is established – 100 Mile House

1977-2014    Cariboo Marathon launched

  • This event became the largest ever cross-country ski marathon in BC, cresting at more than 1500 participants
  • For a period of time it was part of both the Canadian Ski Odyssey and BC Loppet Series
  • Program duration: 1977-2014

1977-79    Elementary School Ski program started

1978-84    Forest Grove Marathon initiated

  • Elementary school event organized by Forest Grove Elementary School & 100 Mile Nordics
  • Grew to 350 student participants; schools from Bridge Lake, 70 Mile, 108, etc.

1978          100 Mile Nordics race team started as a relatively independent group under umbrella of SCCCSS

1979?       The club hosted its 1st BC Cup races

  • The club hosted BC Cup or BC Championship races for over 20 years
  • The club has also hosted the Western Canadian Championships
  • The club also hosted the World Championship Trials for Cross Country Canada (once)

1981-82    The club established the new Shell Jackrabbit Ski League in a number of local schools

  • Replaced ‘school ski’ program
  • Cross Country Canada had introduced this new program in 1980
  • 400 children enrolled: largest JR program in Canada

1982          The club won the BC Championship Club Trophy for the 1st time

1982          Cariboo Marathon becomes part of the new BC Loppet Series

1982          The SCCCSS changed its name to the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society

  • The two semi-independent branches of the society merged

1982-83    600 kids

1986          99 Mile Ski Trails established. Power line was installed from Hwy 97 to the stadium.

1986          The 100 Mile Nordics becomes the second club in BC to install a lit trail system

  • 5km of lit trails
  • The original timing cabin was moved from 108 to 99 Mile. The backroom was added on after it arrived
  • The wax cabin was moved from the 108 race trails on the east side of highway 97 to the 99 Mile race trails

1987          The trailer was installed at 99 Mile. Weldwood donated it.

1987          The 100 Mile Nordics become the first club in BC to purchase a large groomer (snow cat)

1987-2008 – Numerous national championship medal winners from this club.

1988          National Championships (Junior), 100 Mile House

The 1st National Championships hosted by the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society

1991          The Daylodge was completed to lockup (exterior and upstairs finished)

1994          Snow Cat garage was completed in the fall of 1994

1996          National Championships (Junior), 100 Mile House

The 2nd National Championships hosted by the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society