Nordic ski trails open, Jackrabbit to start
Despite a lack of snow, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trails Association has
opened all three of their Nordic ski trail networks. With trails at Glebe
Park, Moosewoods, and Twin Lakes, there are now 34 kilometres of
groomed ski trails open to members and visitors.
Many hours of volunteer work went into the opening of the trail systems, just in time to offer tourists another option for outdoor winter activities in the Haliburton Highlands.
“It took a lot of volunteer effort, but we wanted to get trails open as soon as possible for our members, and for those folks that were in the Highlands for the holiday break,” say Thom Lambert, vice president of HHNTA.
“We managed to get a small loop at Glebe Park open on Dec. 29, despite the very low snow pack”.
By Jan. 2, all three networks were open, with very good skiing on many of the trails.
“We are incredibly proud of the efforts of our groomers and other volunteers, who put in an incredible amount of time – often in very cold conditions – to provide this important resource to residents and visitors. We saw lots of smiling faces over the weekend.”
It is especially important that the trails at Glebe Park are open in time for the beginning of the popular Jackrabbit program, which begins this Saturday, Jan. 9.
The program, now in its 30th year, is an opportunity for youth, ages four to 12, to learn the fundamentals of Nordic skiing, get outside, and learn to love winter.
Last year, 69 children benefitted from the program, which is entirely volunteer run. Adults that would like to sign youth up for the program can do so through the HHNTA website: skihaliburton.com.