As part of the Travel Penticton, Youth Influencers Program, KVR Middle School students were tasked with writing blogs focusing on four key traveler types: Adventurers, Athletes, Families and Foodies. Below is the second in a series that will be released over the next few weeks. We hope that you enjoy these insightful and candid reviews by our local youth and that they encourage you to visit our wonderfully diverse City.
Athlete Training in Penticton
By: Jaras Grant, Jordan Souch-Tremblay and anon.
Are you looking for a place to travel, train and have a tremendous amount of fun? If so there are many aspects to explore in Penticton, and here are just a few.
Penticton is a great place for mountain biking and there are multiple places to go, such as Campbell Mountain. At Campbell Mountain, there are a variety of wonderful trails for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers; this mountain is a little easier-going than others, making it a great place for those just starting out. Another mountain for mountain biking would be Three Blind Mice. Three Blind Mice is a better place for intermediate and advanced riders, but there are still a few beginner trails.
Another route available, is the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail, which is great for casual easy rides and is also great for running and walking. The Skaha Bluffs are good for all levels of riders because there are easy and hard trails.
When it comes to training, there are so many aspects that make Penticton amazing, starting with the weather; the average temperature during the day in the summer is 27 degrees Celsius and averaging just 15mm of precipitation a month! That makes it warm enough to swim in the lakes and play sports but also cool enough, so you don’t overheat.
The winter averages 0 degrees celsius and averages 15mm of precipitation (in this case snow). We have an amazing ski hill, Apex Mountain Resort, just a 30-minute drive from Penticton where the Apex Ski Team and the Apex Freestyle Team train every weekend.
Penticton has hosted many events over the years, including: the Peach City Half Marathon and 10K races, the Axel Merckx Grandfondo, Challenge Penticton, the Rattlesnake Island Swim, the Polar Bear Swim and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Penticton is also well known for ice hockey. The Penticton Vees are a semi-professional hockey team that has been around since 1961, blowing the minds of hockey fans with their amazing skill.
If you are an athlete and looking for a place to travel, Penticton is highly recommended.