Exploits Valley Ski Club on the Snow

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Updated: January 2, 2014
Exploits Valley Ski Club | Newfoundland Sports Talk

Exploits Ski Club Hits the Snows

With one of the heaviest dumpings of snow in recent winters, the Exploits Valley Ski Club has hit the snow starting off its third season in operation and Vice President Mark Whiffen couldn’t be happier.

“We weren’t expecting to have snow so early. This hasn’t been the norm for the last couple of years, so the executive have been busy preparing for the upcoming season in terms of what programs we’re going to offer and getting our membership in order.” Whiffen said. With the trails open and groomed, the club is looking forward to a long season.

The club currently has about 100 members and offers instructions for kids, free rental equipment for new skiers and has built an extensive circuit of cross country trails for its skiers. Whiffen explains that the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor has been perhaps its greatest supporter. They have received support for grooming and upkeep of the trails and the town has even purchased a used groomer for use. Whiffen says “The new trail groomer now makes it much quicker and easier to groom. The trails can be groomed more often because its’ not taking up one person’s time.” He indicates that this is great for the club as it makes the facility more attractive to skiers.

The provincial government has also stepped in providing a $10,000 Health and Wellness grant. This will be used to build a ski playground with tricks and obstacles for the younger skiers who want to develop their balance and skills. They also used some money to purchase equipment for the youth program for kids who don’t have skis.

The club isn’t stopping there and are looking at ways of expanding programs to a variety of winter sports such as snowshoeing for seniors in hopes of getting more people out to enjoy the facility and the winter sports. There is also hopes of getting adult skiers certified to teach the Can Ski program and to offer some biathlon training.

Whiffen says that the more the trail system is ued, the more investment the club can put back into the trails.

More information about the club can be obtained by emailing gfwskiclub@gmail.com.

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