Four years ago, the Downtown Nordic ski club started with six friends getting together to stay in shape and do something they love. Their passion for cross-country skiing, healthy living and socializing during the cold winter months has since blossomed into a program with 140 members.
"Through word of mouth and over the years it's grown so much because it's a need that we have," says Kristin Madsen, an instructor and one of the original six members, which include club founder and competitive skier Steve Scoles. "There's a lot of camaraderie, everyone is friends. It's awesome getting people out to ski -- everyone from experienced racers to people their first time on skis."