A real gem

It was great to see so many people, particularly those new to the sport of cross-country skiing, turn out for the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s family ski day this past Sunday.
With Borderland finally seeing a “normal” winter again, club organizers say the 11-km network of trails off Rocky Inlet Road, just east of the Noden Causeway, is in excellent condition—offering local residents yet another fun, not to mention healthy, recreation option during the snowy months.
Equally important is the golden opportunity to market the trails to a broader audience, with the end goal being to lure visitors to our area at a time other than the traditional tourist season.
The club certainly has come a long way since a dedicated group of cross-country ski enthusiasts and other volunteers, largely spearheaded by Dr. Cam Moorhouse, began grooming the trail network (both “classic” and “skate” tracks) through the bush in behind Rocky Inlet, thanks to permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources and funding from the Trillium Foundation and the former Abitibi-Consolidated.
After opening for use in 2002, a chalet was added in the fall of 2006, and a club website is now up and running to keep members and the general public updated on trail conditions and upcoming events, including a candlelight ski planned for Jan. 12 and a race scheduled for Feb. 2.
With Mother Nature doing her part, all that’s needed now is for more people to support the club through memberships to keep this gem of a trail system open—and improving.
Despite the threat of global warming, winter is still a big fact of life here in Rainy River District. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of many, residents (and hopefully those from farther afield down the road) have a great way to enjoy it.