Ski season is almost here, but before the slopes open, the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) raised money for youth ski programs in Northland.
This past weekend, the DXV held their Winter Warmup event at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center.
Celebrating skiers and the sport, with a focus on funding youth ski programs in the region.
“This event is simply to raise funds largely for young people who ski in the area. The money will go towards junior ski scholarships and junior ski scholarships and bringing everyone together in a social way in the ski community because it’s been a little while,” said Jake Morgan, president of DXC.
Fans of the event received a variety of food, drink and silent auction prizes ranging from simple gifts, sailing trips, hockey tickets and more.
“We had the Band Boxcar playing, we had our Baptism River Barbecue from the shore who came to serve us. We have cookies from Johnson Bakery, Whole food co-ops, Great Harvest. We all have Super One helping us with our food,” exclaimed DXC board member Jonathan Rova.
The event has been running for eight years, initially intended to raise funds for the Nordic Centre, but has since grown to support even local secondary schools.
“[We support] Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East and then there is also a junior club in town called North XC. Money raised here will go towards athletic scholarships that allow kids who may not be on skis at all, or would like to, but can’t afford the programs here, to be able to participate to these programs and to go skiing. I hope to make it kind of a sport for life,” added Morgan.
“We see each other on the trails as a ski club, but we haven’t been together like this to talk about skiing and rediscover each other for about three years, so it’s great to be back. It really is a great community and we’re just supporting young people like we’ve been doing for over a hundred years,” concluded Rova.