Ely Nordic Update: December 25, 2014
Hidden Valley Holiday Games
Dates: December 27th and 28th.
Updated information is on Facebook and the events tab. Formal racing is cancelled. Some Saturday events will take place!
The annual membership forms have been sent out. If you did not receive one, then click on About and Membership. Download the 14/15 form. When you send in the from, you will receive the code for the chalet, good for your entrance into the building.
New Trails and Maps.
We did relatively little work on the trails this summer in comparison with the last few years of changes. Voyageurs Highway was widened as it leaves the north side of the Bambas (Powerline). This will facilitate easier grooming and less awkward skiing especially if it is used in a race. There is an old side trail around a downhill section of the Manlove Loop that will be re-opened this year to help clear congestion during MYSL. Other changes have been mostly to smooth out transitions for skiers and make grooming easier, decreasing the incidence of snowmachines getting stuck.
With all of the work done in the past three years, we have redesigned the map, made it larger and color coded it to help guide you through Hidden Valley. Now there is a downloadable and printable version on the website under the Trails
The new maps will indicate the proper direction of travel for our trails. Some skiers, ski team included, may opt to ski against the grain. This is fine on most of the trails, but those skiers must
yield to oncoming traffic skiing in the intended direction. A few trails are marked to be skied in both directions.
Check out the Facebook page of the Ely Nordic Ski club. It will have the latest in news and trail reports for the local area.
Please be aware that they use the trails and the chalet from 3pm to 6pm through February 12th, 2015.
Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL)
Sundays at Hidden Valley should not be missed. For a feeling of community well-being, come on out! More information can be found under the MYSL tab.
Adult Ski Lessons
Free adult ski lesson will be offered after MYSL on Sunday afternoons. Meet at the chalet at 3:30.
Candlelight Ski Feb. 14th, 2015
Bring your valentine. There will be skiing, socializing and more. This event is held in conjunction with the Ely Winter Festival. More details to follow soon. Skiing begins at sunset.
Latest trail reports and updates will often be on Facebook. Have the ENSC news come straight to you.
Both Hidden Valley, including Pine Park, and the Trezona Trail are groomed by the Ely Nordic Ski Club. The Trezona is groomed at least twice a week or as conditions dictate. Hidden Valley is groomed as conditions dictate, usually before the weekend and after it. Watch for updates to find out what's fresh that day.