For Immediate Release / January 22, 2021
Get Outside and Hit the Ski Trails Between St. Albert & Sturgeon County
Thanks to a partnership between Sturgeon County, the City of St. Albert and the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club, there are now more than 7 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails for residents and visitors to explore.
The new trails in Sturgeon County, which extend from the edge of Riverlot 56 towards Bellerose Drive and Starkey Road, more than doubles what had previously been available within the City of St. Albert. View the trail map.
“This year, more than ever, it is important to have outdoor options for recreation, and I am excited that we were able to make this partnership with the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club happen so quickly,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “The Ski Club has a lot of experience in trail grooming and maintenance, and I am confident they will ensure residents have an enjoyable experience while taking advantage of the expanded trail system.”
Discussions between the County and the Ski Club started in December in response to a request to expand the trails from St. Albert into the county. As part of the agreement, the Ski Club will be responsible for all costs associated with the provision and grooming of cross-country ski trails. The County will cover the cost of signage. The Ski Club will also take care of snow-resurfacing and track setting, as well as testing the thickness of the Sturgeon River to ensure the safety of the river crossing.
“The City of St. Albert appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with Sturgeon County and the St. Albert Nordic Ski Club on this initiative,” says St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron. “The expanded trail system reflects our collaborative working relationship and will benefit both City and County residents for years to come.”
Even before the trails’ official opening, they have already been well used by the public.
“It’s great to hear that people are already using the trails, it goes to show how the community values outdoor activities like cross-country skiing,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “What we learn from this partnership will be incorporated into future planning so we can continue enhancing outdoor experiences and opportunities for area residents.”
With indoor recreation paused due to COVID-19, Sturgeon County and the City of St. Albert have been exploring and promoting outdoor options for residents to encourage mental and physical well-being. This includes the recently announced Sturgeon County Skating Trail in Cardiff Park and the Freezeway at Lions Park in St. Albert.
For outdoor activity options in St. Albert, visit stalbert.ca. More information on the ski trails and more outdoor activities in Sturgeon County can be found at sturgeoncounty.ca.
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