Snow farmers save community cross-country skiing

Every urbanite should experience farming. Volunteer snow farmers are busy harvesting snow at Confederation Park Golf Course – trying to extend ski trail life with this year’s warm, dry winter. Snow farming includes manual and mechanized moving of snow onto trail routes, prolonging a trail’s life. It’s a great way to try your hand at farming (guaranteed no crop failure), get strong shoveling and meet other outdoorsy community members!

Ski trails at Confederation Park Golf Course and Canmore Park provide quick access to skiing in the city, are a great way to get outdoors with friends and family, and are brought to you by the Calgary Nordic Alliance. Last year saw nearly 30,000 winter visits to the course. The Calgary Nordic Alliance relies on volunteers and donations to make trails happen. If you’ve enjoyed the trails make a donation! If you have some extra time or want to meet other skiers consider volunteering (snow harvesting, snowmaking, greeters, communication and board openings).

The Calgary Nordic Alliance supports reliable, accessible cross-country skiing for Calgarians and represents many local clubs, including non-profits Foothills Nordic Ski Club and Calgary Ski Club.

Michelle Deacon – Calgary, AB

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