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Lacombe Cross-Country Ski Club to host ‘Ski Social’

Those interested in exploring cross-country skiing can drop by the fifth annual Ski Social on Feb. 5 at the Lacombe Golf & Country Club

Hosted by the Lacombe Cross-Country Ski Club, the event will also include warm drinks, family activities, plus a membership and merch sale.

“We will be having a social get-together, and everybody is welcome,” said Carla Pimm, a director on the Club’s board, adding that there will be activities geared to all ages. “We’ll also have a fire going, make some smores and serve hot chocolate and cider. People can socialize, go for a ski and meet other people who enjoy skiing as well.”

Pimm said the Club has a track set out at the Lacombe Golf & Country Club.

“We are trying to encourage people to come out and see what we are about.”

According to the Club’s website, “Cross-country skiing is a great way to get out in the winter, a season in which many people struggle to remain active. It is a full-body sport, moving both the upper and lower body and burning lots of calories in the process.”

The Club was formed back in the fall of 2015, and its mandate is to create groomed and accessible trails in and around the Lacombe area.

“In 2015 we received the Recreation and Culture Grant from the City of Lacombe to help seed the club and get our first season rolling.”

Pimm said that over the past couple of years, people have been all the more enjoying the benefits of cross-country skiing as a way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors in the midst of the pandemic.

“I love just getting out there – the peacefulness of it. I also love winter, so I love the beauty of that and enjoying the scenery. I also like that you can go anywhere with it – the mountains or the prairies – there are more and more tracks that are being set.”

For more information, check out www.skilacocombe.com.

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