It's hard to beat cross-country skiing as a great way to get an
invigorating cardiovascular workout. But this healthy activity offers
much more than good exercise.
"The home equipment tries to emulate (the workout),'' says Lorraine
Garratt, acting executive director of Cross Country Saskatchewan.
"But with cross-country skiing, you get to enjoy the scenery and
Saskatchewan has some wonderful cross-country ski trails, with
some of the most scenic ones located within the boundaries of provincial
and national parks. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, near the Manitoba
boundary, has groomed trails right on the golf course. The trails
and variety of accommodations at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park,
in the southwest corner of the province, are making the area a favorite
among skiers looking for a winter getaway.
To the north, Prince Albert National Park has an extensive system
of trails intended for winter use, and back-country camping areas
are available to the adventuresome. Lac La Ronge Provincial Park,
about two hours north of Prince Albert, is home to more than 60
kms (40 miles) of groomed, cross-country ski trails. The popular
Nut Point Trail is lit for evening skiing.
Many Saskatchewan resorts have their own trails, or are located
close to trail systems. Whitetail Resort, about 20 minutes northeast
of North Battleford, specializes in cross-country skiing and features
40 kms (25 miles) of groomed trails ranging from 'easy' to 'difficult'.
Garratt says a total of eight loppets are held around the province
each year. A loppet is a fun, timed event that gives cross-country
skiers an opportunity to see how they stack up against others of
similar age and ability. The best way to keep in touch with events
in any particular area of the province is to join one of the approximately
three-dozen cross-country ski clubs
and organizations in the province.
Saskatchewan adventure operators offering cross-country skiing
accommodations and/or packages include:
Barrier Chaparral Vacation Ranch, Tisdale region. Phone:
(306) 873-4595; Fax: (306) 873-4765.
CanoeSki Discovery Company, based in Saskatoon. Phone or
fax: (306) 653-5693.
Explore the West Tours, Saskatchewan wide. Phone: (toll
free) 1-800-289-9194; Fax: (306) 634-3885.
Historic Reesor Ranch/Western Adventure, Cypress Hills region.
Phone or fax: (306) 662-3498.
Horizons Unlimited, La Ronge/Churchill River region. Phone
or fax: (306) 635-4420.
Jacobsen Bay Outfitters Ltd., Anglin Lake (adjacent to Prince
Albert National Park). Phone: (306) 982-4478; Fax: (306) 982-4489.
Long's Four Season's Resort Ltd., Lac La Ronge Provincial
Park. Phone or fax: (306) 425-3332.
Overland CrossCountry Lodge, Denare Beach region of northeast
Saskatchewan. Phone or fax: (306) 362-2053.
Paull River Wilderness Camp, north of Lac La Ronge (access
by snowmobile). Phone: (306) 747-2862; Fax: (306) 747-3264.
Rainbow Ridge Outfitters, Ile a la Crosse area of northwestern
Saskatchewan. Phone: (306) 833-2590; Fax: (306) 833-2668.
Rocky View Lodge Inc., Amisk Lake area of northeastern Saskatchewan.
Phone (toll free): 1-888-997-6259; Fax: (306) 362-2443.
Shearwater Properties Ltd., Saskatchewan wide. Phone (toll
free): 1-888-747-7572; Fax: (306) 934-7643.
Ship's Lantern Resort Hotel, Candle Lake. Phone (toll free):
1-888-737-6786; Fax: (306) 929-3044.
Snow Castle Lodge, Candle Lake. Phone: (306) 929-2174; Fax:
Turtle Lake Lodge, Livelong area. Phone or fax: (306) 845-2555.
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