Hitting the trails at a Loppet


Megan Walchuk

Mild weather and groomed trails made for an enjoyable morning at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club’s Groundhog Day Loppet Sunday morning.
Volunteer organizer and club secretary, Penny Shumaker, counted the event a success.
“We had sponsors, and great prizes. Amazing volunteers, and groomers,” she said. “It’s a great event.”
Sponsers for this year’s event were Dr. Lorena Jenks, Henry Miller and Fresh Air Experience of Thunder Bay.
A loppet is a get-together, where times are recorded, but skiers are only as competitive as they want to be. This year saw 15 participants navigate the club’s extensive trail system.
“For most people, it’s just a lot of fun,” said Shumaker. “It’s a fundraiser for us, and it’s a way to get people out and have fun.”
The Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is located east of Fort Frances, on Rocky Inlet Road. It has 15 km of groomed trails. Beginners can rent from the Club’s small supply of equipment, or bring their own.