At the beginning of each season, while season pass holders and day users patiently wait for the surrounding Nordic facilities to open their respective trail networks, the team at Callaghan Country prep for another shovel marathon. Although some seasons are easier than others due to a larger initial snowfall or a better settled snow pack, all trails must be broken in. All facilities deal with this at the beginning of each season, but small organizations like ourselves can find this time of year particularly labour intensive...nearby wildlife is likely to pick up on some grunting and cursing in the woods!
So what is the point of all this work? Essentially, the purpose is:
- to gain access to the Upper Callaghan/ Solitude Valley and Journeyman Lodge,
- open the trail network as soon as possible,
- while mitigating equipment damage.
Although this level of labour is difficult to balance with a small staff, it is essential to the operation of Callaghan Country, and our team is 'deep-down' happy to carry it out...after all, Callaghan Country did not get to where it is today without...a labour of love.