SCC April Newsletter

Spring is showing signs! The snow and ice is melting and Shoemaker Hill is open. We are looking forward to seeing everyone out on the trails again! Read on for all the good stuff happening as we ready for the best time of the year – riding time!

2023 Memberships Open

Annual memberships are open for renewal!

Memberships run from January to January. Wondering if you’ve already renewed this year? Ask us and we’d be happy to let you know.

Click on the button below to head over to Zone4 to renew.

$25 per person or $40 for the whole family.

Your membership goes a long ways!

We use some of those hard earned dollars to help build and maintain trails at Rubberhead, run the winter grooming program at South Canoe, and organize races like the Salty Dog, Shuswap Cross, Rubberhead Enduro and Frosty Dog.

We also help advocate for active transportation improvements. Aside from the financial contribution, your membership shows that we have an active and supportive cycling community!

Spring Trail Events and Conditions

Help us prevent trail damage! Trust us, we know how tempting it is to take out your mountain bike as soon as the ice is gone! But please be patient and wait until the trails are firm and dry before you ride. This will help keep them in good shape for the upcoming season and it’ll save our trail maintenance volunteers a LOT of work. Have a look at Trailforks for updates before heading out, and contribute yourself by adding trail reports. Thanks everyone!

STA South Canoe Trail Day

The Shuswap Trail Alliance will be running the annual Trail Day at South Canoe on April 30th.

We will be hosting the BBQ afterwards, nice! Come and help get the trails in prime shape for the Salty Dog, or touch up that corner that’s been looking rough.

Trail Building Workshop

There will also be a trail building workshop on April 15th. This will include a half-day in the classroom and a half-day in the field conducting assessments.

There are also other upcoming Voly Days focusing on the equstrian and trail running crowds. Sign up for any of these STA events by using the Google STA Sign Up form button below.

Salty Dog Registration and Volys Needed

Last chance to sign up for the Salty Dog! Registration is nearly full which is awesome, but we do have a few dozen spots left.

Head over to Zone4’s Salty Sign-Up page before it’s too late.

We are also looking to fill our volunteer ranks again this year. Our volys have a great time! We have positions available on course marshalling and encouraging the riders on, in the tent city, helping with the BBQ, parking and more.

Volys receive a scrumptious lunch, voly-specific t-shirt, and we have a special surprise up our sleeves this year.

Contact our amazing new Voly Coordinator Amanda Racher if you can help!

Skookum Youth Rides

Skookum Bike & Ski is once again generously helping put on the Youth Rides again this year at South Canoe.

The program runs April 17-June 30 then picks up again September for a fun race series.

We have 12 dedicated coaches, and nearly 60 kids registered!

There are still a few spots available if you have a youngster interested in weekly lessons.

Head over to, you guessed it, Zone4, to register!

Frosty Dog and Winter Grooming

As the ice melts and the dirt emerges, this is a great time to give a huge shout out to the amazing group of volys that ran our winter grooming program!

This list is not complete, but special mention goes to Brian Browning, Doug Serhan, Jeff Navratil, Dave Bartman, Sean Hardy & Brad Littler for going above and beyond!

Thanks also to those of you that have donated through your memberships to the program. We have maintenance costs for the equipment and will be looking at a replacement cycle for the snowdogs to keep them fresh!

The SCC hosted its first Fat Bike race in February and it was a riot! We had 22 racers on course for a proper 4-stage enduro race course, covering 18km with over 700m of climbing on the groomed trails in some tricky conditions.

Thanks to everyone that came out to race and help out! Looking forward to making this an annual event!

It has been so great to have amazing riding during the winter and we can’t wait to see what next winter will bring.

But for now, it’s spring and we will see you on the trails soon!

Photo: Kevin Silverson