The Flin Flon Ski Club is doing their part to get people out and moving this December, making it free for skiers to hit the trails throughout the holiday season.
Trail fees have been waived by the club until Jan. 3, allowing any interested skiers to head out without needing to pay until the new year.
The ski club has around 28 kilometres of trails to explore, including several different loops for all skill levels.
Club president Dean Grove said club volunteers have been out grooming trails and preparing the club for this season. Snowfall over the past few days - with more expected before New Years' Day - is expected to get the trails in tip-top shape.
“We are hoping that people take advantage of this to get outdoors and stay healthy,” said Grove.
This year will see some changes for the club, aside from those taken due to COVID-19. Ski club member Darrell Janzen has constructed a full route map of the club’s trails on the website Trailforks, allowing skiers to see where they are in the trail system at any time simply by checking their phones. Skiers can also make or read reports about the state of particular trails and post photos from along the routes. The Trailforks map and tracker can be found at the ski club’s website at flinflonskiclub.com.
Some trails - specifically those on the 2.3-kilometre Valley loop - are lit until 10 p.m., while the Carlisle trail across the company road from the Ski Club chalet is open to skiers hoping to bring their dogs along.
COVID-19 safety rules will be in effect for the club - a minimum of two metres of distance between skiers must be kept, either on the trails, in the parking lot or elsewhere under ski club purview. The club’s chalet will be closed during the holiday season, as per public health orders.
Some supplies are running thin for the ski club. The club is looking to find more sets of skis for rental and wax kits - both of which have been in short supply due not only to COVID-19-related shipping difficulties, but also due to higher demand. Grove said he has been hot-waxing sets of skis for interested people, having skiers pick up and drop off their skis. More information about the contactless waxing service can be found on the ski club’s website.
There is one piece of bad news for the ski club, however - a certain intruder has been reported around the trails.
“Skiers, be aware that a local fox has been stealing gloves and equipment, so don't leave gear unattended,” Grove said.