HALIFAX NORDIC TRAILS PROJECT

As a result of Ski Martock’s decision to stop making snow on their nordic trails, our club needs to find another home “base” for our youth and adult instruction programs.

Grooming trails and running lessons at MacDonald Sports Park will continue, but we are weather dependent and this area does not have the capacity to handle our growing membership (470 in 2016-17). The club has determined that Brunello Golf Course in Timberlea currently offers the best option for our new home in HRM. It has a 10km trail which can be easily groomed with minimal snow, plus an area suitable for our programs. There is also plenty of parking and a brand new clubhouse. Brunello staff and management have been more than coopera- tive since we started skiing there two years ago.

However, we realize that our unpredictable weather means that having our own snowmaking is important. We plan on making snow on a one kilometre trail and a teaching area close to the clubhouse. We estimate that the cost of a snowmaking system (high pressure water pump, compressor, snow guns, pipes and hoses) could be $45K. Such a snowmaking system would be owned by the club and could be moved to alternate locations if needed. We also want to be able to acquire new snowmobiles and groomers to replace our existing ones as they wear out.

The club has set aside money but we will need help from members of the local cross-country ski community to make this a reality. Funds raised would be used for either snowmaking or trail maintenance (snowmobiles or groomers). If you would be willing to help, please consider making a donation to our “Halifax Nordic Trails Project” through the National Sport Trust Fund. All eligible donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. I have attached the form.

Thank you for considering this worthwhile project,

Sincerely,

Steve Chipman
President, Halifax Nordic Ski Club