Since 1979, cross-country skiing has been encouraged at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area (BCCA) but never facilitated. In 2010 the warm-up facility formerly located at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Potash Corp Plaza was relocated to BCCA to provide space for programming and a warm-up facility for winter activity.
The warm-up facility, refurbished and renamed Chip's Lodge, was placed beside the present interpretive centre on already disturbed ground. This provides the perfect venue for a ski lodge warmup facility, complete with skis in sizes for all ages and a wood-burning stove for interpretive cross-country ski programs to utilize. Please note that the ski equipment is for instructional group programming only and that Meewasin does not rent or lend ski equipment to the general public at this time.
During the 2012-2013 winter season three cross country ski pilots were conducted on site at BCCA with students from the Greater Catholic and Saskatoon Public school systems. Ten pilots were completed in the 2013-2014 winter season. During the 2014-15 ski season, 17 youth and school groups participated in this program. The 2015-2016 ski season has finished with 469 ski participants enjoying the interpretive ski program. The 2016-2017 winter programmed for a total of 16 groups who experienced the program. These included: 135 teenages (12-16), 288 children (6-11), 42 Adults and 3 Seniors. Other statistics: First Nation (81), Metis (25), Newcomers to Canada (30), Female (228) and Male (240). Total overal 465.
Ski Trail Update: Groomed on January 11, 2017. Conditions: Fair