Club to hold family ski Sunday

Billed as a perfect way to try out cross-country skiing for the first time, the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club will hold a family ski day this Sunday (Dec. 30) from 1-3 p.m. at its Rocky Inlet trails.
“It’s our second one, and it’s something we want to do at least a couple of times a year to try and promote skiing to families—get them out, have a fun day for the kids, and introduce people to the sport,” club president Jim Krag enthused yesterday.
He added the 11-km trail network is in “excellent” shape right now.
“It’s open to everyone who wants to give it a try,” Krag added. “We’ll have equipment out there—skis and boots of various sizes that people can use.
“And there will be some instruction available if people want to get a few pointers and learn the basics, anyway.”
There also will be food, hot beverages, and a chalet to warm your bones in after trying out the trails. The event is free, but donations to the ski club are welcome.
The Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s chalet and trails are located off Rocky Inlet Road. To get there, drive east of town until you get to George Armstrong Drive.
Turn onto George Armstrong Drive and drive for about half-a-kilometre until you get to Rocky Inlet Road. Then take a left and follow the road for another .8 km.
You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see the chalet and parking area on the left-hand side.
Looking a little further into the new year, the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s social committee is planning a candlelight ski for Saturday, Jan. 12.
Skiers will meet at the chalet at 6 p.m., have a short candlelight ski at 6:30, and then congregate back in the chalet for hors d’oeuvres and an evening of live music thanks to the Mud Lake City Boys.
Tickets for this event cost $8 each, which can be purchased by calling Maria Sanders at 274-5642 (because of the limited space in the chalet, tickets will be limited to the first 50 paid guests).
The club also is gearing up for its first race, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2.
Krag noted race committee chair Megan Ross still is working out the details, but the event likely will be “kept on a small, informal scale, with the focus on fun for all ages and skill levels.”
Cross-country skiers can watch for updates on race plans by checking out the club’s website at www.rlnordic.org
The website also includes information on trail conditions, which is updated regularly, along with postings of news and other developments with the club.