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Nordic Ski Club: all we need is snow

by Christina Millington

Tradition has enveloped the northern slopes of the Kawartha’s for the past 30 years inviting skiers to venture off into the great outdoors.

Dave Woodfine, head of trails and co-owner of Wildrock Outfitters in Peterborough has been an active volunteer at the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) for 15 years.

Woodfine is originally from England and had moved to Canada with the intent to get more involved with skiing, for it had appealed to him at a young age. “What can I say, I’ve been bit,” he said.

Despite weather adversities, the KNSC had a lucky run last year with enough snowfall to attract skiers to the club.

“We have been very fortunate to get just enough snow to get skiers out every weekend,” said Woodfine.

However, this season has proved to be a different story as weather conditions have been less than ideal.

KNSC has been providing a service for the Kawartha Pine Ridge School ski program enabling students with the opportunity to learn a Canadian pastime out in the midst of the great outdoors.

“It’s worth joining,” says Woodfine. “The program has been so successful; it has been a great use of our facilities.”

According to Woodfine the club has been involved with the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant which has provided the necessary funding for the much needed equipment to maintain 350 acres of unpredictable terrain.

“We have applied for the grants for the past three years,” said Woodfine. “We have received all three grants.”

The property consists of both rolling and wilderness terrain – having the necessary equipment is crucial for the longevity of a club that accommodates its 800 club members and up to 2,000 skiers yearly.

“We bought a groomer with the grant we received through the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Woodfine. “We managed to purchase the same groomer used in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; top of the line.”

The property has four cabins equipped with wood burning stoves for skiers to take a break from the slopes, cuddle up around the fire and enjoy a nice homemade lunch – the club property consists 35 kilometres of groomed powder and 5 kilometres of wilderness terrain.

“The club has proved to be fruitful for our skiers,” says Woodfine.

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