Now that snow has returned, another local institution seeks to do the same - the Flin Flon Ski Club.
The club held its annual open house Nov. 21, giving new information and updates to members and the public on what might come this season. Over 28 kilometres of groomed trails await skiers this winter - just not quite all of them, not quite yet.
Early in the season, the trails are still currently rough. Only one major snowfall has come so far this season, but some trails are open - another heavy snowfall would ensure the trails would stay viable throughout the winter. Some intrepid skiers have already hit the trails, reporting back that some are already skiable - albeit with old gear.
Full maps of the club’s trails, along with a trail tracking tool, can be found on the Trailforks app, which also can contain reports on trail conditions, routes and other key information..
Members of the club have already waxed dozens of sets of skis in preparation of the season. Some members of the club will wax skis by appointment, for a fee of $20 per shot.
The club’s largest annual event, the Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet, will be in the cards, COVID-19-related health orders permitting, this March. The event - which organizers specifically avoid calling a “race”, describing it instead as a family fun day over a 3.4-kilometre long loop - will include the now-traditional awards like happiest face, best costume and the prestigious Centaloppet Cup. The centaloppet was last held shortly before COVID-19 hit Canada in 2020 - the event was not held this past winter.
A total of 180 people now have memberships with the club and others are still being accepted. Interested people can sign up as members by going to the club’s website at flinflonskiclub.com.