Map of the cross country ski trails at the Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club.

Map of the cross country ski trails at the Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club.

Snowshowing at cross country ski club

The cross country ski club is plowing a snowshoe trail this winter on top of cross country and skate skiing trails.

The cross country ski club is plowing a snowshoe trail this winter on top of cross country and skate skiing trails.

The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club has been asked about snowshoe trails in the past few years, so this winter they will design a trail, looping to Silverthorn Lake and back, said Kelly Favron, ski club Skills Development Coordinator.

The club also has new signs and maps along the trails this year, to help those unfamiliar with the trails, said Favron.

This winter the club will also be upgrading some facilities.

Having put together $60,000 – half from a Northern Development Grant and half from local businesses and ski club savings – and hoping to double it through a federal program they’ve applied for, the club will start renovating Bay Lodge in January, putting in new windows, insulating the floor, putting on new siding and adding baseboard heaters.

Club President Jaret van der Geissen says that snowmobile trails have already been made and the first grooming will depend on the snow.

They need at least 12 inches before they can groom the trails, he said, but it will likely be an early season this year.