New Nordic Club in
Swan Lake bridges gap


November 2, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana


Cross Country Skiing and Snow Mobiling
Enthusiasts Welcome in Swan Lake Club.

Swan Lake, MT The first planning meeting of the Swan Lake Nordic Club will be held Wednesday, November 8, 6:00pm at Laughing Horse Lodge in Swan Lake. The club, a project of Richard DuBois, co-owner of the Laughing Horse, will initially provide outdoor winter enthusiasts with a central meeting place as well as a loosely structured calendar of events including weekly treks on the many excellent trails surrounding Swan Lake.

DuBois recently migrated from Central Oregon where he was an active participant in the skiing community and where he witnessed first-hand the positive effects a mixed club can have on a community. "I've heard a lot of negative talk about skiers and sledders in the valley competing for space, but it doesn,t have to be that way," says DuBois. His experience in Oregon with clubs that combined both groups successfully is the motivation behind the Swan Lake Nordic Club.

DuBois and his wife, Kathleen Moon, have been working over the fall to improve and map several trails from Hall Lake Trail to Bond Creek, providing many kilometers for intermediate to advanced skiers. They,ve also been meeting with the area USFS District Ranger, Chuck Harris, laying the groundwork for a proposal to the USFS that would create a formal cross-country ski and snow mobile trail system in the upper Swan Valley. The proposed plan would link Six Mile Road to the south fork of Lost Creek and Porcupine Road providing miles of recreational opportunity for both groups. Members of the new club will have the opportunity to assist in laying the groundwork for the USFS proposal as well as help maintain the trail system and ensure responsible stewardship of the forest.

"There,s always a lot of work when you,re starting a dream," states DuBois, "but we'll have fun too!"

The club will meet at Laughing Horse Lodge located between Mile Marker 71 and 72 at the south end of Swan Lake on Hwy 83. The Lodge is one of the newest members of the Cross Country Ski Association and will be providing skiers and sledders with lodging and dining throughout the winter season. For more information on the new club or skiing in the Swan, call 406-886-2080 or e-mail laughinghorsemontana@yahoo.com.

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