Snow is welcome sight for cross-country skiers
With a whopping 9 inches of new snow this week, Soaring Eagle Cross Country Ski Trails are now in excellent condition for skiers.
Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club will be hosting two open houses in the next few weeks to give the public an opportunity to check out equipment and be introduced to skiing. The open houses will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
Club members invite people to come out and enjoy the beautiful ski trails and have a cup of hot chocolate in the warming house. People can bring their own skis or check out new ski equipment available at Soaring Eagle. A variety of skis, poles and boots are available in sizes for adults and children.
Volunteers will be available to help people get started and answer questions about the trails.
The ski center has 10k of marked and groomed trails through balsam pines and spruce. All trails are groomed classical and skate and are designed for beginner to expert skiers.
Soaring Eagle, located 8 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, is maintained by the Itascatur Ski/Bike/Run club. Look for sign on the west side of highway that leads to the trailhead.
According to a recent trail report from Janine Weideman, all trails were freshly groomed and tracked Tuesday night and there are excellent conditions. The nine inches of snow has left beautiful scenery on the trails with the snow-covered trees, she reported.