Slip sliding away: Bear River Winter Carnival offers cross country skiing events

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on February 4, 2016
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<p>William Berry helps Kale Bradley get back on his skis at the cross country ski clinic at the Bear River Winter Carnival in 2015.</p>

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<p>Cross-country skis ready for demoing at the 2015 Bear River Winter Carnival.</p>

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<p>Ski tracks lead away over Ninth Lake in March 2015, part of the Seven Lakes ski trip planned for the Sunday of Bear River Winter Carnival.</p>

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<p>Following ski tracks over Lake Joli in March 2015, part of the Seven Lakes ski trip planned for the Sunday of Bear River Winter Carnival.</p>

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<p>First Daniels Lake in March 2015 – the last of the seven lakes on the Bear River cross country ski tour.</p>

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<p>The seven lakes ski tour passes by Cossaboom Point and the remains of a hunting lodge on Sixth Lake.</p>

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<p>William Berry helps Kale Bradley get back on his skis at the cross country ski clinic at the Bear River Winter Carnival in 2015.</p>

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<p>Kale Bradley gets used to his skis at the cross country ski clinic at the Bear River Winter Carnival in 2015</p>

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<p>Sunrise on First Daniels, March 2015.</p>

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BEAR RIVER – Bear River Winter Carnival offers three events to encourage more cross country skiing.

Weather permitting, the public can try out skis at a clinic on the Bear River waterfront, or join a short beginner ski trip; or take on an all-day backcountry tour.

Sue Comeau has been bringing tubs of ski boots and a van full of skis and poles to the Bear River waterfront for nine years now.

An avid skier herself, Comeau started collecting the gear “just in case” friends or family dropped by and wanted to come skiing.

Now she brings the gear to the winter carnival and helps people select skis and boots and gives them enough guidance to be slipping and sliding around the Bear River waterfront in no time.

Her clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. behind the mini rink on the Bear River waterfront on Feb. 13.

Quick learners or those who are already comfortable on skis can join the afternoon ski trip for beginners.

Robbie Bays is considering leading that trip in Victory around Lake Charlotte but will make his final decision based on snow conditions. The skiers meet up at the firehall at noon on Feb. 13 and are usually back by 4 p.m.

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Sunday is the ultimate ski touring event – Sue Comeau leads skiers on a 17-kilometre trip starting at Lake Jolie.

She describes it as a “gentle cross country ski over seven lakes”. Gentle because there are no hills to speak of, and the pace is relaxed and social.

For the trip to be possible ample snow is a must but so are good cold temperatures in the days and nights leading up to the event to freeze the lakes.

The regular route crosses Lake Jolie, goes down Ninth Lake, Eighth, Seventh and across Sixth before turning for home across Second and First Daniels and following an old tram road back to Lake Jolie.

Much of the trip is within the boundaries of the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.

If we get snow but the lakes aren’t frozen Comeau has a back up route around Lake Le Marchant.

Participants meet at the Bear River Firehall at 8 a.m. on Feb. 14. They should be comfortable spending the day on the snow and in the woods and must bring their own lunch and water.

Comeau told the Tri-County Vanguard on Feb. 4 that organizers are watching the forecast very closely.

She said she had a meeting planned for the evening of Feb. 8 – one option they are considering at this point is postponing all the snow-based events to a snowier weekend.

The Tri-County Vanguard will have the results of that meeting on www.digbycourier.ca by Feb. 9.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES

You can:

like the Bear River Arts and Action Facebook page,

www.facebook.com/BearRiverArts,

subscribe to the Bear River Arts and Action webpage:

bearriverarts.wordpress.com

or call Sue Comeau in Bear River at 3258