Free ski day at Swedetown Ski Trails

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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - On Sunday, Swedetown Ski Trails welcomed the community to hit their slopes. They offered a wide range of winter activities for people to enjoy thanks to the generous donation from Cross Country Sports.

"From Cross Country Sports, we brought all of our snowshoes, cross country skis both classic and skating, all of our fat bikes, all of our snowshoes,” said Cross Country Sports Owner, Rick Oikarinen.

“We just brought all of our stuff so we've got a lot of people out on various pieces of equipment right now."

Cross Country Sports owner Rick Oikarinen says he provides his equipment because he knows winter in the up can leave people feeling blue. He does understand trying something new can be nerve-wrecking.

But, he encourages people to do so anyways.

"We've got to get people to try a winter sport. If they don't get out in the winter, winter gets too long so you can enjoy yourself an awful lot in the winter,” said Oikarinen.

“A lot of people that once they try something, they get into it and then they're upset when spring comes because they want winter to keep going."

Yet, when people do, he is filled with joy knowing he could help.

"We've been doing this for a number of years already, and we're in the business because we enjoy getting people out in the winter so when people come back and they're smiling that's the best thing for us too,” said Oikarinen.

Snow bike instructor Ryan Bishcer says getting outside is also good for people's mental health.

"It gives them something to look forward for winter for. We get a lot of snow so getting out and enjoying it and having fun ... it helps you. I feel it's healthy to have for all year round,” said Bischer.

Swedetown says they're excited to have people on their trails. They welcome people of all levels to come out and have a good time.