Monthly Archives: February 2020

Skiing is key to the Shuswap experience

“After several hours of slogging, the snow at Granite Peak lookout lay under the skis of Mamie Hill, Matt hill, and Yuri Maki. the year was 1938.” This Mamie Hill Reynolds photo appears in the book, “Fleeting Images.” Courtesy of Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village

The are many opportunities to ski in the Shuswap, including three tracked Nordic ski areas, backcountry ski options, three cat-skiing lodges, a downhill resort, a heli-ski lodge, and at any number of untracked logging roads, park trails or frozen lakes. Few people realize that a significant portion of Silver Star Mountain is in the Shuswap watershed, including approximately two-thirds of the Sovereign Lake trails and the backside runs at the resort in the Putnam Creek drainage.

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The sport where the stones slide to the house

Salmon Arm Curling Club, photo courtesy of the Salmon Arm Observer

The sport of curling, often described as “chess on ice,” is an ancient game that began 500 years ago in Scotland. In Canada and in the Shuswap, the sport’s popularity is likely due in part to the large number of Scottish immigrants who settled here. There are curling rinks in every incorporated Shuswap community, as well as in Falkland and although the number of players has decreased over time, the sport continues to bring many people of all ages together to have fun competing and exercising.

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