Residents of 100 Mile and surrounding areas are looking forward to longer cross country skiing seasons now that their trails are able to be groomed with new track setting and grooming equipment. In 2006, the Nordic Ski Society purchased snow grooming equipment that has made a major impact on the ski society's ability to host major tournaments such as the Cariboo Marathon cross country ski event at the 99 Mile Ski Trails.
With the 2009-2010 season seeing an extremely low amount of snowfall, the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society trails were the only trails opened in the 100 Mile House area. With tremendous support from volunteers shoveling snow from the sides, the grooming equipment was able to successfully groom the few inches of snow allowing the facility to operate. The old equipment required two feet of snow for grooming.
The extended cross country ski season will increase the marketability of the region as a cross country skiing tourist destination. It allows the society to host more tournaments and events and continue drawing cross-country skiers into the community from throughout British Columbia.
This project has helped the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society increase the exposure of the facility as a cross country skiing destination. Before the new ski trail grooming, the Cariboo Marathon was cancelled three of the four previous years due to poor quality conditions and approximately $165,000 of spending in local businesses was lost.
With the ski trails being the only groomed trails in 2009-2010 season, the 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society saw it's second highest rate of passes sold since 1994. The ski lodge, which saw 194 people through it in the 2008-2009 society, saw an increase to 600 people in the 2009-2010 season.
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