Ski club to host Ski Social Sunday
The Lacombe Cross Country Ski Club has been able to maintain trails with a little more ease this year, thanks to their new grooming equipment – a low-gear Ski-doo and renovator groomer. (Lacombe Cross Country Ski Club photo)
BYOS (Bring your own Skis) and hit Lacombe’s trails this Sunday during the Lacombe Cross Country Ski Club’s Ski Social.
A third annual event, it runs March 4 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club and offers area skiers the opportunity to socialize.
“It’s a time for our members to get together and meet each other,” said Ski Club President Brent Bouwsema. “We all ski kind of individually, so it’s a time to come out and do a bit of skiing together.”
While the event is geared towards members getting to know each other, there’s more than just chatting and skiing. A ski swap and merchandise sale will take place, as well as a toonie hot dog fundraiser. Hot drinks will also be available for purchase for skiers to warm up with after experiencing the trails.
The event isn’t just for seasoned and die-hard skiers, either. New this year is a beginner ski clinic.
“We’ve heard from a lot of people that they have skis, but just don’t know quite how to do it so we’re going to put on that,” said Bouwsema. “They can learn some basic techniques.”
The ski club will also offer a demonstration of their trail grooming equipment – a low-gear Ski-doo and renovator groomer which Echo Lacombe gave the club a $2,300 grant towards in October. While they’ve had a few maintenance issues over the past month, they’ve all been rectified and the equipment is definitely a step up from the homemade or rented equipment they’ve used in the past.
While the ski season started a bit later than normal, due to warmer than normal temperatures in December and early January, the trails are now in excellent condition.
“We finally got a big dump of snow in January and we’ve been grooming since then,” he said. “The trails are in perfect condition and the weather is nice so you can be out skiing and it’s not freezing cold.”
The ski club has two sponsors for the event in Co-op and Sobeys to help cover costs.
“It’s great to see the community come out and help community groups, for the local businesses to come out and help community groups,” he said.
Still, the club is always looking for members, as it is member-supported. Memberships are $10 per person to cover grooming costs, as well as reinvest in equipment for future years and hopefully facilitate the expansion of the club and its trails.
For more information on the ski club, to check out trail conditions, or to become a member, visit www.skilacombe.com.