Big plans, little snow
Wednesday , January 04, 2012 - 3:14 PM
LIBERTY -- Unfortunately, a lack of snowfall means the cancellation this year of what many consider the biggest day in the Top of Utah for cross-country skiing.
However, when the snow eventually does come, the volunteers who run the Nordic skiing operations at North Fork Park say they'll be ready.
Winter Trails Day is a nationwide celebration of trails that gives places like North Fork Park a chance to show off its top-notch system of groomed winter tracks for skiers, with additional trails designated for snowshoeing. But one of the driest Decembers in recent memory and unseasonably warm temperatures in recent weeks have combined to put the kibosh on this year's celebration.
The annual event, originally scheduled for Saturday, is organized primarily by Ogden Nordic, the group that maintains North Fork Park during the winter, and the local nonprofit Weber Pathways. Private businesses also contribute to the cause.
Jim White, director of the master skiing program at Ogden Nordic, said current conditions present a potential safety hazard that has left organizers with no choice but to cancel this year's event. The snowpack is very icy and even dangerous in some spots, White said.