Little Red River Park a happening place

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The focus by civic crew on clearing Little Red River Park of windstorm-related debris proved the right decision, with its 1,200 acres well populated over the weekend.
 

Although the 3 C weather peak felt on Saturday wasn’t as high as the record 7 C felt on Wednesday (beating out 1961’s record of 2.8 C), the weekend proved warm enough to keep the park busy.

“Since the weather’s co-operated it’s been really busy -- lineups, it’s been great,” Kinsmen Ski Hill manager Brian Gaetz said on Sunday, reporting about 60 people hitting the slopes on Saturday. “There are lineups and the kids are happy.”

Warm weather has come just in time for Saskatchewan Winter Games preparations, he said, noting that next Sunday will see athletes practise slopestyle runs -- a ski event that has athletes perform as many tricks and jumps as they can during the length of the hill.

“The park’s in good shape,” Gaetz said. “All we need is a nice fresh snowfall to clean things up.”

A multitude of special lessons are scheduled this season, Gaetz said, encouraging anyone interested to call the Kinsmen Ski Hill log cabin at 763-5454 for more information.

In addition to the main draws of ski and toboggan hills, the balance of Little Red River Park was fairly busy throughout the weekend, with a number of campfires seen roasting wieners as friends and families gathered around.

The park’s cross-country ski trails were also busy over the weekend, with a crew of between 15 and 20 volunteers working hard to clear the trails of debris.

Since the weather’s co-operated it’s been really busy -- lineups, it’s been great Brian Gaetz

Although civic crews cleared the park of dangers stemming from the nine spruce trees that Wednesday winds of up to 107 km/h knocked down, cross country ski trails are cleared by volunteers.

“Groups of us walked the trails with garden and leaf rakes pulling the twigs and branches off to the side, throwing the bigger stuff off the trail,” an email from ski club member Connie Gerwing reads.

“I have been skiing at Little Red since the ’70s and have never seen anything like this.”

Thanks to the work of a “dedicated” group of volunteers, the trails were cleared, she concluded.

“Think about (the volunteers) next time you enjoy a nice ski on those trails and get your membership.”

For more on the Prince Albert Ski Club, visit their website, online at www.paskiclub.ca.

Although Environment Canada has forecast a drop in temperatures this week, dipping to a high of -20 C by Wednesday, things are expected to warm up by the weekend, with -7 C forecast for Saturday.

Organizations: Prince Albert Ski Club, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Little Red River Park, Saskatchewan, Little Red

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