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Local residents enjoy cross-country skiing

Preeceville Lions ski trails encourage healthy activity
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Preeceville Nordic Ski Club members took advantage of warmer temperatures recently to do some cross-country skiing on the well-groomed Preeceville Lions Family Trails. Members from left, were: Hudson and Levi Maier, and Conrad and Samuel Geerts and their dogs, who can be walked but have to be kept off the ski track.

PREECEVILLE - The Preeceville Nordic Ski Club has been around for a few years and was kick-started by past founding member Lou Roste who had a passion for cross country skiing.

The club utilizes the well-groomed Preeceville Lions Family Trails that the Preeceville and District Lions Club has built up.

The trails are used for walking in the summer and in the winter a set of cross-country tracks are groomed into the snow on the trail and avid skiers and walkers are enjoying utilizing the trails.

The Preeceville Nordic Ski Club, which started out with only a few families, has now gained popularity. "The club has had so many more people take an interest in skiing which I think is due to the COVID-19 isolation guidelines," said Megan Maier, club member.

The Maier family members are all avid skiers and enjoy cross-country skiing. They not only ski for fun but have attended some competitions around the province.

"This year the interest has exploded in cross-country skiing. People are starting to discover the beautiful trails hidden just on the outskirts surrounding the Town of Preeceville and the recent addition of the beautiful warm-up shelter made by Lions members is wonderful. The Lions created the shelter in honour of Lou Roste," said Maier.

"We are welcoming youth skiers (ages 4 to 18) to participate in our Preeceville Nordic Ski Jackrabbit club training group. We are meeting on Monday after school and Saturday afternoons. Join us this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the campground and beautiful new warm-up shack for some fun skiing activities. You need your own skis and boots to join in the fun. Hope to see you on the trail. Coaches are Ray Bailey and Nathan Maier. All COVID- 19 regulations will be followed.

Contact Megan 306-547-1349 or message this page if interested or just show up,” said Maier.

"Skiing is a great way to get outdoors, exercise and still remain at social distance lengths. It can be a solitude or group sport. It is a lifelong sport that anyone can do. The winter months are long as we might as well embrace it and take enjoyment from the snow. The trees along the trails are great for blocking the elements and it is a very fun experience.”