Over the years, a night skiing facility has been in the process of development.
We are happy to announce the completion of this project to a level suitable for all to
enjoy. We continue to make improvements such as the lighting of the inner hairpin
section. The trail upgrade program continues and includes modifications, such as widening the climbs to better accommodate the skating style and adding a few additional lights to the Finnish Memorial Field.
Daniel Savukoski skates up a little rise on perfect night time snow.
Note the traditional track to his right. We keep the trails groomed for both styles. One thing is for sure, there is no skiing quite as nice as night skiing!
(Click on the picture to see a larger version of it.)
When conditions permit, we set a right side traditional track leaving the remainder with a smooth groomed surface for freestyle.
The trail grooming is usually done just before dark when the snow has cooled enough to produce a good surface.
Night skiing is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The lights are on by dusk, the actual time
changing as the season progresses. At 8:45 p.m. the trail closed sign is posted and at 9:00 the lights are turned off.
The wooded trail length is about 1.5 kilometers.
The overall length (maximum 2.5 km) varies as sections of the lighted field are brought in and out of use.
Naturally, this project has incurred expenses as well as ongoing costs.
We would all like to ski expense free in some sort of city supported facility , as is the case in
many Nordic countries, but the reality of the situation is that we must charge a trail fee.
As a member of The Finnish Center you will be issued a seasons pass valid for both night and day skiing.
A nominal, once per season, ski pass charge is added to the membership dues. This money is applied to the general fund and insures
the continuance of our ski program. All skiers are required to wear their pass card when skiing.
You are encouraged to obtain a membership application form available in the
Prevailing ski conditions and up-coming events such as clinics and races (both day and night) are posted
Those who decide to join The Finnish Center At Saima Park will also receive our monthly newsletter which, among other things, will keep you abreast of skiing
related activities. Also our fall trail work sessions, which are usually held on Saturday or Sunday mornings at first frost, are a good way to meet everyone in the skiing
group and to lend a hand at what is largely a volunteer effort.
We hope you will join us in some night XC skiing!