ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) — On Sunday, about 20 skiers gathered at the UP Nordic Ski Complex, site of the Suicide Ski Jump Hill and start of the Norman Juhola Trail System, to improve their abilities.
West End Ski and Trail has partnered with the Ishpeming Ski Club to offer a clinic for cross-country skiers of all levels. “The goal of this clinic was just to get people to ski and get more out of their skis,” said Spencer Prusi, owner of West End Trail & Ski. “The better you get at skiing, the more fun it is.”
The groups offered training in two cross-country skiing techniques. The first method is classic skiing, in which skiers advance by taking long, straight strides.
Prusi thinks the classical technique is the best option for beginners. “It’s not really a difficult sport to do when you look at the classic skiing side of it,” he said.
The other method is skating, in which skiers propel themselves forward by pushing their skis outward. This method can be more difficult for beginners but still exciting to learn. “It takes a lot of technique, a lot of cardio, so it gets tough but it’s really fun,” Prusi said.
Despite temperatures in the teens and wind chills plunging into the single digits, Prusi says the turnout for today’s clinic was impressive. Noting that West End and the ISC may partner again to host others in the future.
“It’s great to see more and more people getting into it, and I think the more proactive he is [and community supportive] we can be as a business, the better for this whole region,” Prusi said.
The Ishpeming Ski Club offers free ski programs for juniors and youth. It also maintains and maintains the Norman Juhola Trail System, which cross-country skiers can enjoy for free.
If you wish to make a donation to the ISC, you can do so on its website, which you can visit by clicking on the link here.
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