After an early, heavy helping of fall snow, the Flin Flon Ski Club plans to officially kick off the season with its annual open house Nov. 27.
The club’s trails are ready for the season ahead of schedule, marking one of the earliest season starts for the club in years. That snowfall has allowed the club to host their open house at the club’s chalet south of Centoba Park, including information on club programs, its trail system, equipment, waxing and more.
“Volunteers started brushing our 28 kilometres of trails around mid-September and now, given a good depth of snow, our crews have been at work with our excellent trail-grooming equipment for the past week or two. The trails are plenty wide enough to accommodate skate and traditional in-the-track skiers,” said ski club technical advisor and volunteer Dave Price.
“Locals are fortunate to have what are widely regarded as the best ski trails in Manitoba and Saskatchewan right on their doorstep.”
The open house will include information from long-time club members on the club’s programs, ranging from the Bunny Rabbit and Jack Rabbit programs for young children to the junior racing program. Reps from Prince Albert’s Fresh Air Experience will be on-site selling equipment, said club members, along with rentals for skiing rookies or lapsed returnees.
“If you want to try out skiing for the first time, we can rent you the equipment – and some of our regulars will be happy to take you for your first tour around the valley,” said Price.
Lights on some of the trail loops will be on throughout the winter from nightfall until about 10 p.m. Maps can be found on the Trailforks app or on the club’s website at flinflonskiclub.com.