NORDIC SKIING – one of the best winter sports for active people in Saskatoon!
Every Sunday throughout the winter, the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) goes cross country ski touring at Eb's Trails. Eb's Trails offer an extraordinary cross country ski experience with 52 kilometers of groomed ski trails winding through rolling forested terrain. The trail system is varied, allowing skiers of all ages and abilities to have a wonderful experience. The trails are located about an hour's drive north of Saskatoon, just north of Duck Lake on Highway 11 to Prince Albert. Our SNSC volunteers maintain the trails.
Typically the group meets at 09:45AM across from the Lawson Civic Center in the Lawson Heights Mall parking lot, by the park. The address is 134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon. We gather at this extreme Northeast corner of the mall parking lot. We arrange car pooling vehicles and leave promptly at 10AM for a fun day of skiing.
We recommend that you always ski with a buddy since some trails are very remote. There are two warm-up huts and we usually start a cozy fire in one of them for skiers to come and go, eat lunch and socialize. There are maps posted at each junction and individual maps for your pocket are available in the huts. Skiers gather at the hut again to be ready to head back to the city around 3:00PM. Bring your lunch and $10 per person to chip in for gas. A cell phone is a good idea for safety. There is good cell coverage throughout the trail system.
Members are welcome to bring guests. The guest is required to sign a waiver. All skiers are encouraged to join SNSC.
Members may also organize ski tours to Eb's Trails on others days of the week; daily or weekend tours to other locations; or shared trips to loppets in the province. The mechanism for organizing and communicating these ski tours is through SNSC's Yahoo Touring Group (see further information below) which is open to members of the Club.
The Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) offers scenic day hikes on Sundays every spring and fall. Each hike is about 10 to 14km or approximately 4 to 5 hours hike through Saskatchewan wilderness regions, with participants hiking as a group across rolling terrain. There is always a rest stop for lunch along the trail, and for spring hikes the group sometimes goes for a hot meal in a nearby town. Most fall hikes are followed with hearty fall suppers hosted by a nearby Saskatchewan community.
Members are welcome to bring guests. The guest is required to sign a waiver. All are encouraged to join SNSC.
The schedule and details of Club hikes will be posted in season in the club's events calendar (see below).
Hikers meet at a designated place to car-pool, typically departing Saskatoon for the hiking trails at 0945 am. The treks are in wilderness areas, and hikers are required to be self-sufficient by bringing a lunch, plenty of drinking water, and extra gear including a hat, jacket, sweater, rain gear, TP and a small first aid kit.
For more information please click on dates on the Events page http://saskatoonnordicski.ca/events and call or email the tour leader listed in the calendar posting.
Additional detailed information on each hike is emailed to the members of the SNSC IO Touring Group . This is where you may also find information about cancellations or changes of venue. Club members must join our Groups.IO email group in order to get updated and current information about the hikes. Join by clicking the Groups.IO button at right below or here.
Wilderness First Aid Mini-Course - New for Fall 2019
This short Wilderness First Aid Course will be offered to Nordic Club members over two evenings on Oct. 2nd & 9th for a total of 6 hrs. by Back40 Wilderness First Aid Training. It is a Non-certification course covering basic first aid and exercises applicable to non-urban environments like those encountered while skiing & hiking.
Tour leaders will be given registration priority and will be eligible for reimbursement of course fees by SNSC. Other members are welcome to participate in the course, but will not be able to apply for reimbursement. Cost of the course is $60. Pre-course registration is required. Please go to the Back40 Training site for more info on the course and to register & make a payment, via this link: www.back40training.com/product/oct-9th-12th-saskatoon-nordic-club-first-aid-sessions/
Please note: The WFA mini-course has been postponed to the spring of 2020 due to insufficient registration. We may also change the course venue and timing to encourage more participation.