Last updated Monday 16th November 2015
It's getting colder - time to look out your cross country ski equipment. Remember last season we were skiing (briefly) in November!! The trails look like they're in good shape, ready for the white stuff. There maybe more logging on the remoter parts again, but the Ignatius people tell us they will try and get it done early and without too much damage to the trails.
If you are looking for good used equipment, the Ski For Life people have some available. This is what they say:
Our small business in cross country ski instruction has been of service to individuals, families, and schools for many years. I have been a CANSI Level One cross country ski instructor for 17 years, and in partnership with my wife Joan, got to introduce hundreds of newcomers to the joys of skiing. (www.skiforlife.net). Over the years, we have updated our equipment arsenal, disposing of older skis, boots and poles and adding newer items when needed. This week, we began to sell our equipment to members of the general public, who, perhaps like you, enjoyed using our skis in lesson outings with us.. With the strong response we have had already, our 40 sets of used skis, boots and poles, all either SNS or NNN systems, (not the old 3 pin style) has now been reduced to about 15 sets.Our price for a set of boots, bindings, skis & poles is $90 for adults, $80 for children’s sets. As of a day ago we have been able to add some the slightly newer SNS outfits. It’s a first come, first served operation.
Email email@example.com or phone 519-842-4652.
Thanks, Dan Mahony
Other places to look are: Play It Again Sports, 218 Silvercreek Parkway in Guelph, who sometimes have second hand cross country ski equipment and often new equipment as well. Another source for equipment is Russ Mater who is local and will order and deliver equipment. He generally doesn't have a lot on hand, but does have specials now and again. Paramount, 30 Arrow Road, sells new cross country ski equipment and clothing. Speed River Cycle got out of the business a few years ago.
During the season, watch this space for trail condition updates. We try to keep this section as current as possible.
The Guelph Nordic Ski Club is hosted by the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph. The Centre, a 240 hectare property minutes from downtown Guelph, is located on Hwy #6 North, 1km north of the Woodlawn/Woolwich Street intersection. Watch for the main entrance on the left as you travel north on #6 labelled "Ignatius Jesuit Centre" and "Orchard Park."
Follow the driveway around to the right, and turn left at signs to the Farm Workshop and park in the parking lot. The trailhead is across the road - you will see the large sign. Do NOT drive up to St. Brigid's Villa to park, those spaces are reserved for groups renting that facility. If the Farm Workshop parking lot is full, either use the small lot on the left on the way to Loyola House or one of the Orchard Park lots.