Nordic Ski Opener Celebrates Popular Winter Pastime

December 09, 2017 07:35 PM

More than 1,000 people turned out for the first ever "Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener" held at the Elm Creek Park Winter Recreation Area in Maple Grove.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith proclaimed Saturday to be "Nordic Ski Opener Day", celebrating the start of the cross-country skiing season in Minnesota.  

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"Nordic skiing is a favorite Minnesota winter activity, with high-quality trails in every corner of the state," Smith said.

Latoya McPherson, of Edina, had the opportunity to try out Nordic skiing for the first-time Saturday

"This is my first time skiing for this winter and I am really excited about getting out here," she said. "It's great exercise."

Karl Huemiller, the lead organizer of the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener said the experience was created to excite the ski community and entice first time skiers.

"You know you have the fishing opener in the hunting opener, so this is the opener for Nordic skiing," he said.

Phil Bowen from Boulder Nordic Sport was one of more than forty vendors at the event, offering skiers a chance a chance to test out new equipment and learn more about the sport.

"I think a lot of people have cross country skis in their garage from 25 years ago that are heavy and uncomfortable," he said. "There is new modern equipment that is inexpensive and would allow you to have a lot of fun."

 

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Cleo Greene

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