The Mink Creek Nordic Center got a facelift during the off season, making cross country skiing possible for much longer than in years past.
“The Nordic Center is kind of a hidden treasure, it’s one of the best maintained, it has Olympic quality trails. In fact this week we had somebody from the US Olympic ski team here to ski our trails,” said the Outdoor Recreation Supervisor Lance Clark.
20 kilometers of trails, groomed 7 days a week, and now renovated to make the skiing possible earlier in the season with just a few inches of powder, rather than 18 that it needed to open a few years ago.
Clark added, “Over the years we’ve slowly worked on the trails and purchased different equipment to work on the trails. Today we’re open with 4 inches, and the skiing is actually very good on 4 inches of snow, which is kind of a testament of the labor that volunteers and staff have put into it.”
With many people making New Year’s resolutions to become a bit more fit this year, look no further than cross country skiing. It is comparable to running in terms of cardio fitness but burns more calories because you’re using your entire body.
The Nordic Instructor, Troy Chesrow, told us, “It’s more fun than running, believe me. Ten times more fun than running. I’d rather be on skis every day than go running once.”
The Nordic Center is also a great price alternative to some of the other winter activities, an adult day pass is $8, kids are $3, and rentals are $12 total. So, for an entire day on the mountain, only a few minutes from home, it will only cost you $20.
“We’re 7 miles from downtown Pocatello and it feels like you’re in the middle of the woods. And no matter how many people are here, we have enough trails that you can go out and get alone, and do your thing. Just ski laps on an isolated trail and just enjoy the day,” said Clark.
The Nordic Center is hosting a free ski day on January 11th to encourage people to get started on the sport. Trail passes, rentals, and skis are free all day long.