By Melissa Smalley
The 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society is preparing to kick off its 2016/17 season this week, with its annual Ski Swap and Open House.
The event takes place Sunday (Nov. 20) at the Day Lodge between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and offers skiers a chance to scoop up some new gear, or sell some they have outgrown.
Drop off for gear – including skis, snowshoes, apparel and accessories – takes place on (Nov. 19) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Day Lodge.
Nordic coaching co-ordinator Barb Matfin says the event also offers a chance to officially kick-off the skiing season.
“It’s our first open house of the year, so people can come and register their memberships and buy their ski passes for the year,” Matfin says, adding the early bird rates will be in effect for cost-savings.
“We invite anybody who is interested in skiing to come and check out the facilities.”
Although the trails have yet to see any significant snow fall this season, Matfin says the club is ready to go as soon as the weather co-operates.
“As soon as there’s snow, the lodge will be open and we’ll be out grooming the trails”
In an effort to reach out to more young families in the area, the club has acquired a collection of children’s ski gear, with the help of a “substantial” grant received last year, and will be offering children’s rentals this season for the first time.
The club is also working towards creating a ski school program for youngsters at local elementary schools to participate in over the winter.
Matfin notes the “fun, family oriented” sport is perfect for participants of all ages. She adds the club has skiers who are into their nineties still enjoying the hobby.
To find out more about this weekend’s festivities, visit www.100milenordics.com.