Nordics ski area continues development

Volunteers appreciated for hours of work, expertise

100 Mile Nordic Ski Society member Juliane Barz was all smiles in early December when the hills were covered in a deep blanket of snow, but it has been sparse until the recent dump. Cross-country skiers are smiling again as they hit the 99 Mile Ski Trails this week.

100 Mile Nordic Ski Society member Juliane Barz was all smiles in early December when the hills were covered in a deep blanket of snow, but it has been sparse until the recent dump. Cross-country skiers are smiling again as they hit the 99 Mile Ski Trails this week.

By Lauren Bock

Now that we have more snow with great skiing, here are some of the many happenings and developments that have happened at the ski hill since last season.

Rentals

We have a full set of classic skis and boots as well as high performance skate equipment and snowshoes.

For prices and more information for rentals, speak to the lodge attendants Birgit Bienek and Juliane Barz who can only accept cash or cheques.

Thank you to Neil Manhard who organized buying the equipment and made the awesome ski racks, pole holders and boot racks, as well as making a waxing bench.

Trails

Three new trails were approved last fall.

The logging has been done, but happened later than expected, so the rest of the clearing of the trails will happen in the spring. We will have three new trails open for skiing next ski season.

Many hours of volunteer labour have gone in to trail development, trail clearing, trail marking, mowing.

On behalf of all 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society members, we thank Neil, Gary Carlson, Dennis Trelenberg, Jim Petersen and Ted Petersen, who have spent so much of their time getting the trails in a skiable condition. Thanks go to all the other volunteers, too.

Our volunteers have already been out grooming the trails. Thanks go to Mike Matfin, Olaf Strumper, Neil, Gary, Dennis, Ken Wilcox, Ken McKenzie, Cam Robb and others for volunteering to spend hours grooming.

Snowshoe trails

We have a new snowshoe trail that takes folks all the way to the Beanstalk cabin.

The full route is 6.3 kilometres and winds through thick forest areas as well as lovely stands of very big trees. Thanks again to Neil, Jim, Dennis, Gary, Ted and other volunteers for the many hours of flagging, clearing and marking.

Please remember to stay off the ski trails and where the trail crosses the ski trail, to be careful not to step on the classic tracks. The skiers will appreciate it.

Lodge is open

The new lodge attendants, Birgit and Juliane, have been busy cleaning and sprucing up the lodge, which is looking very cosy.

The lodge will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have homemade, delicious hot soup, hot drinks and snacks for sale. Stop and enjoy a healthy, warming snack after your ski in the warm and cosy lodge.

It has new light fixtures, a new tap to replace the old leaking tap in the kitchen, new heaters for downstairs. Thanks go to Paul Donnelly, our facilities co-ordinator

Lauren Bock is the media relations director of 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society.

 

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