BONNYVILLE – On Saturday morning, a dozen Bonnyville and area residents arrived at the Muriel Lake MD Park to participate in a Level One Classic Ski Lesson offered by the Bonnyville Nordic Ski Club (BNSC).
The novice cross country skiers that took part were introduced to the basics of the winter sport from gearing up to practicing falling down and turning around all while strapped into specialized skis.
Les Parsons, a BNSC coordinator and cross-country ski instructor, explains membership is required to participate in BNSC’s lessons, programs and free spontaneous skill development sessions.
A 2021-22 season membership for BNSC costs $50 for adults and $25 for those under 18.
For those interested in getting involved with the club, the BNSC is offering a ski equipment rental program for the first time.
“To ease into the rental program, rentals will be limited to registrants of lessons and kids' programs,” explained Parsons. “In the near future, we hope to open rental availability to anyone, regardless of membership or registration in skill development lessons or programs.”
In January, additional adult and teen lessons will be offered by BNSC and will take place on Jan. 20, 22, 27 and 29.
The Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit and Track Attack programs will continue on Saturdays from January through to March.
Muriel Lake MD Park ski trail system
For local cross-country skiers not requiring lessons, they can take advantage of the MD of Bonnyville’s regularly maintained ski trail system at Muriel Lake MD Park.
This winter season, the MD has been maintaining several ski trails at the Muriel Lake Park and reports each trails' status on Nordic Pulse.
“We have to give a big thanks to the MD of Bonnyville and its dedicated team of trail groomers for keeping residents active and healthy again this winter through this beautiful ski trail system and now real-time grooming reports,” said Parson, adding “Let's hope the MD sees this as beneficial to residents and continues to offer this great app.”
BNSC Coach Joad Clement approached the MD to fund a one-year trial to create, maintain and report Muriel Lake ski trail system as a way to grow the sport, keep residents active in the winter, while also making the park a winter sport destination for other cross-country skiers in the area and beyond.