Local cross-country ski trails open for the season
Tim Brody - Editor
Good news for local cross-country skiers.
The Nordic Nomads cross-country ski club reports that all of its trails are open and trail conditions are overall good with trails having been groomed this past weekend.
Nordic Nomads President Ron Laverty informed, “The Nordic Nomads cross country ski club is a volunteer organization that maintains over 25 km of cross country skiing trails at Cedar Bay and surrounding area. There are challenging and relaxing trails as well as a 5 km racing loop. The trails meander through stands of pine and through marshland. They circle Duck Lake, look out over Pelican Lake and run throughout the Cedar Bay area. The cross-country skiing is first rate for both the most experienced and novice skier. The 5 km trail and Golf course loop are both currently groomed for skate and classic skiing, though efforts are ongoing to widen more trails. The remainder of the trails are groomed for classic skiing.”
He reminded that pedestrian and dog traffic is prohibited on the trails with the exception of the Dog Trail.
People can pay their trail fees to use the trails for the season by registering online using the link https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=32390.
Laverty informed that day passes can be purchased at Al’s Sports Excellence. An insurance waiver for trail usage must be completed.
Trailheads are located at Cedar Bay and the Sioux Lookout Golf & Curling Club.
“We purchased a roller packer in the off season. This new grooming equipment will allow us to pack new snow prior to grooming. This will aid in creating a firmer base that will prolong and enhance the skiing experience especially for the skate skiers as the firm base will allow the skaters to travel faster with less effort,” Laverty added.
He concluded, “Thank you to all our sponsors who make trail grooming and maintenance possible!”