The EDI Hut to Hut, taking place this Saturday, is a family, social event that aims to encourage skiers of all ages and ability to participate while discovering new trails and three trail huts. Those huts will be heated and stocked with snacks, drinks and special treats.
Pat Tobler is a branch manager at EDI Environmental Dynamics Ltd, which has been the main sponsor for the EDI Hut to Hut event for the past three seasons. He says the great thing about Hut to Hut is that, “You don’t need to bring anything but your skis! You just have to ski to each hut to get rewarded with tasty treats and drinks.”
Noting this year’s Star Wars theme he says, “it would be fun to see some costumes or whatever comes to the imagination.”
The three trail huts, Harvey Hut, Fireweed Hut and Sarah Steele Hut will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tobler encourages people to come out on Saturday and get a taste of the fun. “Get out to each hut and experience the hospitality showcased at each site. Volunteers make this event shine. There are fun prizes, snacks, and warm drinks,” he says. Tobler was attracted to the event by the spirit of togetherness. “It is something that friends and families can enjoy together in a non-competitive environment,” he says. “It highlights the strong community and active outdoor living culture in Whitehorse.” Tobler is enthusiastic about the sponsorship and loves the accessibility of the event. “The entire day is just a great time and a wonderful experience for those who just want to enjoy a day cross country skiing at Mt. McIntyre. It doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or a beginner – this is the day to get outside and cross country ski and really enjoy the skiing community.”
Fireweed Hut volunteer and EDI employee Brodie Smith has been doing this for a year now. “It’s a fun way to interact with community out on the trails where everyone is enjoying themselves,” he says. He suggests that everyone check out the Fireweed hut “for all the sweet games, prizes and snacks! Play fish and wildlife games while enjoying some hot chocolate, cookies and orange slices.” Brodie says he was surprised at how busy the event was last year. “It’s great to see so many people out on the trails. The event is a great way to get to know some of the trails at Mt. Mac. Everyone should attend!”
EDI employee Lyndsay Doetzel, who also volunteers at the Fireweed Hut, has been at the event for the last two years. She started because EDI was a sponsor and was looking for volunteers. “But now I take my daughter, who is just learning to ski,” Doetzel says.
She suggests that more adventurous types bring a map if they plan on taking any shortcuts. Organizers say that the route is well marked if you stick to the trails. Doetzel likes the event because “you don’t have to be an expert to have a good time out on the trails.”
The EDI Hut to Hut event kicks off on Saturday, March 4 at the Ski Chalet/Wax Room in the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre and organizers made it clear that you can start any time during the event.
There will be a barbeque lunch provided beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a draw at 3 p.m., so plan to be back before that if you want to enter. Draw prizes include ski club memberships, spring passes and other small prizes. Entry forms and information will be available online and at the Ski Chalet.
Huts are hosted by EDI Environmental Dynamics Ltd., Coast Mountain Sports and the Steele Family. All snacks and drinks are supplied by the hut sponsors.
Pulks and snowshoers are welcome. Dogs are also welcome at Harvey’s Hut and organizers ask that guests please use the tie up area to avoid unwanted encounters.