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A group of cross-country skiers participate in some balance exercises in front of the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park chalet.
In early February I was invited to give a cross-country ski clinic at the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park to a group of people interested in learning to skate on skis.
The park’s trails are located just on the edge of Pasadena which makes them very convenient to get to. In fact, if you lived in one the houses at the end of Foote Street you could literally ski from your doorstep to the trails. I can’t think of any place in Newfoundland where cross-country ski trails are located so close to the community.
Before the clinic we had a chance to talk to Colin Shears who is the new chalet manager. He told us that memberships were strong again this year and the club was enjoying a very active jackrabbit program.
“It is great to have all the kids and their families here on Saturday mornings,” Shears said. “It fills the lodge right up. We also have some new events and last night (Friday, Jan 31) we had a very successful pizza and ski evening.”
After the ski lesson we had a chance to explore the trails and one thing I really like about these trails is their twisting, intimate nature. You never know what is going to be around the next corner. Although the trails are set for classic and skate skiing, they are groomed with a smaller machine and this results in trails with a smaller footprint. The tall trees were laden with snow which made for a picturesque ski outing. Along the way we also encountered lots of folks snowshoeing which is an activity that seems to be exploding at the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park. Overall they have 18 kilometres of trails and 1.8 km of that is lit for night skiing which occurs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-9 p.m.
After our ski tour we ended up back at the lodge and chatted with Deb LeDrew who told us the park has lots of activities planned for the ski trails this week.
“You can ski for half price on Feb. 18, 19 and 20, so this is a great time for people to come and explore our trails. We also have a guided snowshoe walk for seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 19 starting at 1:30 p.m. and there will be a Prose and Poetry Reading on Friday, Feb. 21,” LeDrew said. “We will be having music in the chalet on Saturday, Feb. 22 in the evening and on Sunday we will have our 25th Anniversary Heart Health Awareness Ski and Draw.”
You can get details on these events on the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park website at: www.pasadenaskipark.org/ or phone 686-5515. The club welcomes visitors and we encourage skiers and snowshoers to checkout the trails and upcoming events at this ski club.
Contributors Keith and Heather Nicol livein Corner Brook and are avid explorers of Newfoundland. Keith can be reached