Getting Started: a few simple steps for newcomers to Temiskaming Nordic
1- Look at the map and find your way to the club. Parking is just beside the chalet.
2 – Enter the chalet – it is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Sundays, when it closes at 5 p.m. On the main floor you will find the washrooms, eating and socialising area and the kitchen. In the basement you will find the equipment rental and waxing area, as well as change rooms.
3 – If you require a day pass, the information is just to the right of the door, once you enter the chalet. Select an envelope with a blank form and day pass. Fill in the form, insert your fee and completed form into the envelope and put it in the fee box. Attach your day pass to your coat.
4 – If you require equipment rental on weekdays it is a self-serve (honour system) service. If it is your first visit to the ski club we suggest that you visit on a weekend or holiday when staff are available to help outfit you with the proper equipment. Please note that that we offer two types of equipment: classic (traditional cross-country skiing following parallel ski tracks; most of these skis do not require any waxing) and skating (the activity is similar to ice-skating or roller-blading). Most beginning skiers start with classic skiing. The club offers adult instruction lessons in both techniques.
5 – Head out to the trails. Take a look at the maps at the front of the Chalet. All trails start from the trailhead at the north of the chalet beside the garage. Follow the different coloured trail markers. Most beginners enjoy starting with the gentle grade terrain Green Trail. The Blue Trail is more difficult and has more hills. The Red Trail is for experienced skiers only. Please note that the trail system is arranged so that you can take easy-outs at different locations to get on a shorter return path. There are trail maps at each easy-out location and signage indicating the distance back to the chalet. You do not have to ski the entire length of the trail.
6. Après-ski: Some easy-to-prepare food (soup, muffins) is available on the weekends, but feel free to bring your own lunch and to use the microwave, oven or stove. Snacks and drinks are available at any time on a self-serve (honour–pay) basis. Check out the club bulletin boards for other information such as moonlight ski /potluck suppers, Jackrabbit children’s ski instruction, etc.