Northern B.C. ski trail tottering back on track

The Onion Lake cross country ski trails were sprinkled with snow this week, and the Moose trail is packed and ready to ride.

Enough snow fell this week to bring out the big Snow Kiti groomer

Enough snow fell this week to bring out the big Snow Kiti groomer

The Onion Lake cross country ski trails were sprinkled with snow this week, and the Moose trail is packed and ready to ride.

“We did get snow, so the Moose is now open,” said Dan McElheron, president of the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club which maintains the trails.

“It’s only one run, but it’s a good run,” he said of the Moose trail, an eight-kilometre round trip route that runs out to a Moose Hut and back.

The club was worried for their season last week and had to cancel their jackrabbits and bunnies children’s programs last weekend, Feb. 18-19, due to mild weather and melted, puddle-ridden trails.

But 3-4 inches of snow sprinkled trails this week Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing the club to bring out the groomer yesterday, Feb. 23, and get the Moose trail ready to ride.

That trail is open for skiers now and the rental shed will be open again this weekend, said McElheron.

“We’ll hold the kids programs this weekend,” he added eagerly, noting that they also hope to run the Moose Marathon race next weekend, March 4.

“A bit more snow would be good… [but] we’re cautiously optimistic that the Moose marathon will be on next week,” he said.

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