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Up North: Ski festival celebrates cross country trails before season ends

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: March 10, 2021 10:49 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 11:15 PM

Every year since they began operating in 2005 the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) has organized their Tour DuLuth ski festival. 

"This is a big weekend where we're out trying to get people out on all the trails, ideally to see all the trails if they can, and really embrace this wonderful outdoor resource we have in the Duluth Area," Dan Maki said, the president of DXC. 

The year end celebration encourages skiers to hit trails across Duluth before the season ends. Last weekend some made tracks at local parks sharing their fun on social media, while others skied off at Spirit Mountain for special events like the Kids Ski Program. 

Young Duluth skier Georgia Burris was enjoying the day at Spirit Mountain, "taking classes for classic cross country skiing."

Her friend Iris Stone tagged along. "I try to come out here as much as I can," Stone said.

Unlike in year's past, there weren't as many festival activities like the evening bonfire social.

Kids classes were also downsized from about 100 students to groups of 25. However organizers said it was rewarding to simply be able to host the event.

"We obviously aren't able to serve as many kids as we normally do, but I'm happy that we were able to do something because then the program doesn't lose momentum," Bobbie Larson said, the co-director of DXC's kid's program. 

"Skiing is a wonderful way to be active, even in this Covid period that we're in" Maki said. "That we've been able to do the kids ski program [and] Tour DuLuth weekend, and still do it safely, it's really been the highlight of our season right now."

With recent temperatures hitting over 40 degrees across the Northland snow won't be sticking around for much longer, however man made snow kept the fun from melting away at Spirit Mountain during Tour DuLuth.

"We actually skied on one of the other trails this morning in town and that was still in pretty good shape, but we know that snow will last out here a little longer," said Duluthian Kristin Lusian-Saline. "It's fun to be able to kind of stretch the ski season a little bit for those of us that love to ski."

The DXC hopes to keep up the trails through the end of March for beginner to elite cross country racers to enjoy.


Alicia Tipcke

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