DCNTrails offers free cross country ski program for local youth

GLADSTONE, Mich. (WLUC) - Delta County Non-motorized Trails has added a new youth cross-country ski program in Gladstone.

The five-week program is free for kids, courtesy of Escanaba Kiwanis.

Rick Elrod, DCNTrails Secretary says there's the program is growing quickly and there are dozens of volunteer coaches on hand. Coaches ski right alongside your child, teaching them everything they need to know along the way. From bindings to wax and everything in between, students learn as they go.

Students are grouped with other kids of similar age and skill level so it's easier for inexperienced skiers to learn from each other’s’ mistakes/successes.

But the program isn’t just for learners. It’s also designed for more experienced skiers that may simply want to cure their cabin fever.

If you have winter hobbies, it makes the winter go by so much faster. And you can actually enjoy yourself. So cross country skiing, snowshoeing or any of these winter activities are just a great way to get off the couch and enjoy nature. We've got some beautiful trails systems here in Delta County. We've got a great group of volunteers that are out all the time grooming the trails, making sure they're pristine,” asserted Elrod.

Elrod says it’s all free, including the skis and poles. However you must register and pick up your skis in advance at one of two locations.

Enroll at Mr. Bike, Ski & Fitness in Escanaba or Brampton Bike & Ski in Gladstone.

the DNCTrails youth ski program runs from 2PM until 4PM Sundays at the John and Melissa Besse Sports Park through the first weekend in March.

Click here to visit the DCNTrails website.