HELENA – It’s officially winter, and with winter comes snow sports here in Montana.
Laura Cunningham, President of the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club, told MTN a little more about one of Montanan’s favorite winter sports, cross-country skiing.
Backcountry skiing or cross country skiing can be a great way to break away from normal hiking when exploring the snowy forests of Montana.
Instead of going through inches of snow in your winter boots, Nordic skiing allows users to glide easily on the snow and enjoy the scenery.
âI feel like it’s just a great mental and physical stretch for your mind and body. And for me, it’s just exhilarating. I like the feeling of being there, of moving. You can take it, you can make it a day, have a picnic, you can take your time, or you can go out for an hour on the golf course and you still get this amazing experience, âsays Cunningham.
MacDonald Pass is the first choice for many avid cross-country skiers in Helena. Its proximity to the city and its kilometers of trails allow easy half-day excursions.
An even more accessible option is the Helena Golf Course. When it snows enough in town, the ski club takes care of cleaning the fairways and greens for easy access.
For kids who want to get started in Nordic skiing, Cunningham says the club offers inexpensive annual rentals and free lessons starting in January.
For adults, the best way to get involved or join an informal ski group meeting is to email the ski club.
Cunningham says the more volunteers the better. Active ski club members are required to maintain the trail systems and clear snow from the road to the MacDonald trail network.
If you would like to get involved or find out more, you can contact us through the club website. LCNSC.org.