Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Cross Country skiing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

By Keith and Heather Nicol

Skiing the Winter Games Trail
    Last winter we were invited to give a CANSI Level 1 ski instructors course in Happy Valley- Goose Bay, Labrador and were most impressed with the cross country skiing trails and lodge at the Birch Brook Nordic ski club. As well as enjoying the skiing we were invited to a potluck supper at the lodge which was a great way to meet many of the club members. The club offers well groomed trails for both classic and skating technique and as well as for snowshoeing. The ski club also has a magnificent new lodge with an amazing view of the distant Mealy Mountains. They have 35 km of trails and on my next visit we want to see the cabins they have built on their longer trails. This area has a long season with skiing typically running from December until well into April. For more information contact: http://www.birchbrook.ca for their event calendar and listing of other club activities.  Cross country skiing in the Big Land is different from the skiing in many other places we have visited and we enjoyed the bright sunshine and the expansive open vistas. It is certainly worth a trip. 

Enjoying one of the trails near the lodge

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