If you are looking for some fun outdoor activites, pocatello can offer some great cross country skiing. Summer Joy heads up to the hills to find out what Pocatello Cross-Country Ski Foundation is doing.
Today they held a fun race which started near the Mink Creek Nordic Area. The race was about 6 miles long and one skier said it takes usually between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Poky XC is a non-profit organization committed to promoting and improving Nordic skiing for all levels of experience.
"It's just a good opportunity to come out, get out, get a work out in, learn how to ski. Usually we will have a dinner that night. Anyone is welcome, you can come out on cross country skis, your snow shoes, anything just try and get people out," said Karen Appleby, a cross country skier.
Every skier we talked to says that cross country skiing is definitely worth trying. Not only for the health benefits, but because it can bring you closer to your community.
If you want to try cross country skiing, skiers says to be patient, get lessons, and stay warm.
"It's obviously has great surroundings out here, its one of the best Nordic areas around in my opinion. We have very little snow, but great skiing. The city has taken care of the area so you would have to drive along a ways to bet what we have in terms of quality skiing," added Troy Neu, a cross country skier.
"We do a lot of volunteer work, a lot of trail work, grooming, we purchase grooming equipment and just help the city in anyway we can," said the Randy Anderson, the president of Pocatello Cross Country Foundation.
The Pocatello X-Country ski foundation also promotes skiing through local events, like the Potato Cup Race. The race is on Saturday, January 26. There will be a 10 K mass start classic race, 5 K / 5 K Half pursuit, and a 2 k / 2 k Kids pursuit.
"It's a great sport, its great exercise, we have a great goup of people in the area that do it. Even just the social aspect is a lot of fun. It's addictive once you start you'll be up here every week," added Troy Neu.
If you're interested in participating in one of the races this Saturday click here to find out how to register. http://www.pokyxc.org/races-events/potato-cup/
The skiers say their club is open to everyone at any level. For more information on how to get involved you can visit their website at www.pokyxc.org.