23 December 2013

Shannondale Trails

We loaded up Ember, Riv and Belle and  headed out to some of our favourite trails... the trails at Shannondale.  These are ski trails, on private land, which are open to the public to use.   As soon as you drive into the driveway, you see a large sign "Fresh Air is Health Care, Come Help Yourself". 

The trails are on a rolling section of land, which was formerly a cattle farm.  The trails are meticulously maintained by the landowner and visionary, David Lumgair.    Rolling hills, cutbacks, and a beautiful forest, we were in for a real treat!

David's dog, Roger, joined us as a wonderful tour guide for most of our run.  There are some very steep sections, and Roger knew where all the short cuts were!  So when we were headed for a steep section, I knew, because suddenly our guide would disappear, only to reappear at the top again!

Roger, the Friendliest Trail Guide!

Shannondale is truly a skiing gem!  We are headed back with our Classic skis, to take in all that the trails! David has done fantastic work on developing his trails, and maintaining them.   

Anytime you are skijoring on private land, or ski trails maintained by a club, get permission first. It takes a lot of time to put in a trail, and maintain it.  Not everyone wants to share their trails with skijorers, so ask first! 

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