The Sigge’s P’ayakentsut, or Payak for short, is truly an event for all ages and all levels of cross country skiers. Traversing Olympic legacy trails as well as old growth forests, the loppet offers participants a chance to train, to meet new friends, to enjoy the rugged wild beauty of the Callaghan Valley, and to enjoy a what is truly a sport for life – cross country skiing. It’s a toss up whether skiers will lose their breath on the climb up out of the Olympic stadium, or from gasping at the breath taking views of Black Tusk and the Brandywine mountain range.
In addition to the loppets, our kids and youth events are unlike any other. Kids and youth have fun in team events, tackling everything from giant skis to hills and jumps of ski-cross type terrain on skinny skis.
The Sigge’s Payak is proud to be a qualifier for the prestigious American Birkebeiner, or “Birkie” race in Wisconsin.
P’ayakentsut comes from the Squamish Nation … A place to train oneself physically.
Squamish warriors came to this remote place year round to train. They would go into seclusion to fast and perform rigorous endurance exercises in the mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. They also conducted cold water bathing here – striving for harmony and discipline. Their culture is manifested through our strong physical and spiritual relationship with nature.
Within the next decade, the Sigge’s Payak will become one of the major cross country loppet events in Canada, attracting participants of all ages from across North America and Europe.
Efficiently organize a high quality mass participation event that utilizes the Olympic legacy facility and highlights the natural beauty of the Callaghan Valley.
P’ayakentsut is organized by Callaghan Valley Cross Country with the active support of members of the following cross country ski clubs:
- Nordic Racers – Vancouver nordicracers.bc.ca
- Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club hollyburnxc.ca
- Whistler Nordic Ski Club whistlernordics.com
- Spud Valley Nordic Club spudvalleynordics.ca
For information about the P’ayakentsut Loppet email firstname.lastname@example.org.