Local skiers celebrate Winter Trails Day Sunday

Local skiers celebrate Winter Trails Day Sunday

CALUMET — If you’ve been meaning to hit the trails this winter and just haven’t gotten around to it, then Sunday is your day. ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen tells you why.

Skiing and snowshoeing equipment can be expensive which is why many people are hesitant to give the sports a try. This Sunday, that won’t be a problem, as use of the Swedetown trails in Calumet are free as is the equipment from Cross Country Sports.

Cross Country Sports Rick Oikarinen said, “We’ve got a couple dozen pair of snowshoes and 35/38 pair of skis and it’s going to be free for everybody. There’s no charge for using the trails either.”

January 10th is Winter Trails Day, a national event meant to encourage people to get involved in winter sports. With so many options for activity during the winter in the Upper Peninsula, there’s no reason to stay holed up indoors.

Oikarinen said, “It’s a good time to get out there and investigate, especially outside in the winter is where a lot of people don’t go and it’s wonderful out there. You just got to do it and see, see what it’s like.”

The free rental equipment will be available at the Swedetown chalet on a first come–first serve basis from noon to 5:00pm.