The Slocan Valley Rail Trail has become a popular winter pastime in the Slocan Valley in recent years and this year promises to be better than ever. Volunteers of the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society have groomed the northern half of the trail already and are ready to groom and trackset the entire 50+ kilometre trail when more snow arrives. Here are a few tips to help make the trail an enjoyable experience.
If you’re wanting to know what the state of the trail is, visit the new Rail Trail website at slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca and find out. The home page will have a link to let everyone know where the trail has been groomed and when.
For those using the trail, here are a few reminders: The trackset is for skiers, so please try not to walk in it. The trackset will be on one side of the trail so there will be ample room for walking, snowshoeing and skate skiing. If taking your pet, please try to scoop the poop off the main trail to assist with the grooming program. This year, horse riders are being asked to refrain from using the groomed sections of trail from December 1 to mid-March.
There are two upcoming Rail Trail events happening in January that everyone is invited to enjoy. The Full Moon Ski takes place on January 8 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the eighth annual Day on the Trail takes place on January 28 from noon to 2 p.m. Both events are taking place approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Perrys Siding or 2 kilometres south of the Kennedy Road Trailhead at Lemon Creek. Both will feature hot chocolate, a roaring fire and lots of friendly smiles.
For more information on the event visit the Rail Trail website or call 250-355-2397.