Cross-country skiers in North Bay were hitting the trails Saturday at the Nordic Ski Club thanks to an early blast of winter.
The club hosted its annual ski exchange, which is typically a lead up to the launch of operations.
But, with trails already in mid-season condition, the event also served as a sort of unofficial season launch.
“It’s definitely got people into that early mindset and brought them out,” said exchange organizer Mike Ward, of the winter weather.
Ward said the annual exchange is always well attended. But he said ski enthusiasts will be that much more anxious to hit the trails with an early winter.
“The snow really helps with our memberships,” he said, noting such early-season conditions haven’t been seen in recent memory.
While some the club’s trails on Northshore Road are open, Ward said the clubhouse and canteen aren’t yet operating. But he said board members will likely discuss an early launch in light of the winter weather.
He said the ski exchange, which has been running since the 1990s, saw an estimated 150 people or more attend. Ward said the goal of the annual event is to help support the club and to make affordable equipment accessible to the community.
The club gets a portion of the sales, which are used to help fund its race team and jack rabbit program.