Monthly Archives: January 2013

Sol Immersion

The joy of cross-country skiing at Skmana

With just 18 km of groomed and track-set trails, the Skmana cross-country ski area is small in size, but there is a huge amount of local volunteer support that has made this true gem of a winter playground a major success. Just a few years ago, the Skmana Cross-Country ski club had dwindled down to just 25 people, and its Bombardier trail groomer was becoming old and unreliable.  Under the leadership of the then president, Brian David, the group began an ambitious fund raising project in 2011 to raise $25,000 to purchase a new grooming machine.

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Ski-touring on Queest Mountain

By the number of vehicles in the parking area, it was clear that the word is out about the advantages of ski-touring in the Queest Mountain area. A friend and I arrived at about 9am with two snowmobiles on a trailer that were not needed because the road had been plowed by Louisiana-Pacific, the forestry company that logs in the Gorge Creek area. The day after Boxing Day is one of the most popular days at ski resorts, and so too was it here as there were approximately two dozen skiers and snow boarders ready to enjoy the deep powder on the steep runs without any need to buy a lift ticket.

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