By Cynthia Germain
Residents can now experience snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with free equipment provided at the Crossroads at Big Creek. The Ski Distribution Center is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-3:30 p.m. with volunteers from Crossroads or Door County Silent Sports members to help fit people with boots, skis and poles. Guides are not provided but signage along the trails and maps at intersections help visitors know where they are on a ski trail, groomed for both skate skiing and diagonal skiing, or a multi-use trail which accommodates snowshoeing and hiking. Coggin Heeringa, Director of Crossroads at Big Creek, says that although the equipment can only be used at the Crossroads trails, they also have two other areas that ski and snowshoe enthusiasts can use.
Heeringa is pleased with the new equipment offered that has been purchased with the help of grants and funds raised by the Crossroads Trail Run. She encourages those interested in snowshoeing to wear good boots, those wanting to ski to have warm socks, and of course, all to dress appropriately for the weather. The Ski For Free program is available as good conditions allow all winter long.