The new groomed Nordic system is based out of the Dalton Springs parking lot. Trails were groomed twice in the past week with a snow roller built by the city and pulled behind a city snow machine.
The Blue Mountain Ski and Snowshoe Club was formed to initiate the effort. After more than one year of preparation, the trails are now a reality.
“We want to create an area that is quick and easy to access and has user-friendly trails for beginning skiers,” said Jason Johnson. “Cross country skiing is a great way to enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air.”
The group has created a Blue Mountain Ski and Snowshoe Club Facebook page and plans a number of events, including a skiing clinic later in the year and educational snowshoe hikes.
The group is growing and includes Jason and Amber Johnson, Oliver and Dantzel Crane, Dustin and Natalie Randall, Silas and Allison Sparks, Adam and Melinda Redd, and Jake DesLauriers.
Johnson said that Oliver Crane and Natalie Randall, the prior and current Monticello City Recreation Managers, have been particularly helpful. The Monticello Trails Committee is working on a number of trails projects in and around the city.
The groomed trails begin at the Dalton Springs parking lot and extend up the mountain road about one quarter of a mile before turning north into an area with a series of groomed loops.
“The storms caught us,” said Johnson. “We are working hard to keep up the grooming.”
The group hopes to expand the series of groomed trails as they move forward.