by Keith and Heather Nicol
Cross country skiing is alive and well in Canada's eastern most province. Cross Country Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) is the umbrella group for cross country ski clubs and there are dozens of kilometers of groomed tracks waiting for any visiting skier. There are 19 clubs spread across the province and many have well groomed tracks for both classic and skate skiing as well as snowshoe trails. Most have clubhouses which offer food and chance to rest and relax. A number of ski clubs are located in Western Newfoundland where there is abundant snow but there are new clubs developing in Labrador. There are also several cross country facilities in central and eastern Newfoundland. The CCNL web site: http://www.crosscountrynl.com/ has lots of information about these cross country clubs and is a great resource for anyone planning a winter holiday in the province. The CCNL also hosts a variety of races and loppets and its web site has a detailed event schedule. Winter is a great time to see many parts of the province under a snowy blanket and there is no better way to explore than on skis or snowshoes. See you on the trails!
|Skiers at the Blow Me Down Cross Country ski trails in Corner Brook, NL|
|Gander in the Central Part of the Province has great trails|