Comox Valley Record
January 5, 2023
For 20 years, the happy chatter of schoolchildren has echoed among the snow-covered hemlocks of Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park.
Guided by coaches from the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club, the students kick and glide along the trails of the Nordic Centre at Mount Washington Alpine Resort as they learn how to cross-country ski.
This year, the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the school program, which has introduced over 10,000 local elementary students to the sport of cross-country skiing. The club is also celebrating the vision and generosity of Rick Morson. Twenty years ago, as a member of the Strathcona Nordic’s Board of Directors, Morson promoted the concept of the school program. His idea was to bring elementary students from schools in Campbell River and the Comox Valley to Mount Washington to provide cross-country ski lessons.