Nordic Club holds fundraiser to buy trail grooming equipment

By Reader Staff

The Sandpoint Nordic Club is calling on the community of Sandpoint to help raise money to purchase grooming equipment so that grooming cross country ski trails in town can continue.

For the past few years, the club has utilized borrowed equipment to groom classic and skate ski trails at the University of Idaho Extension on North Boyer road.

Grooming “beginner level” ski trails close to town has been very popular with local residents. It’s not unusual to see 20 cars in the parking lot at the U of I Extension after work. Parents of kids in the Youth Ski League, which pulls together 35-40 kids twice a week, really enjoy the easy access to the trails for after school workouts.

“Grooming in town has changed the face of cross country skiing in our community,” said board member Rick Price.

“The equipment we’ve used in the past is no longer available to us to use so we made the decision to purchase club-owned equipment,” said club president Nate Kanning.  “Having club-owned grooming equipment will guarantee groomed beginner ski trails in our community for the future.”

Generous donations from local residents, the Nordic club board, Bonner General Health and the Wishnick Foundation have already raised close to half of the fund raising goal. The club’s board of directors urges Sandpoint residents to help them reach their goal.

“Every dollar donated gets us closer to our goal,” said board member Vicki Longhini. “If you enjoy skiing on groomed cross country ski trails in town, please help us reach our goal and keep the grooming going for next season and the future.”

The Sandpoint Nordic Club has set us a donation site at Go Fund Me,  Information on the club can be found at

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