Sandilands Ski Club History
The Sandilands Ski Club was founded in the spring of 1992 as a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting cross country skiing. The Club's involvement included trail maintenance and expansion in the Sandilands Provincial Forest, social events and education opportunities through Jack Rabbits Ski Program and ski instruction for adults.
Commencing in the Fall of 1993, Sandilands Ski Club assumed the responsibilities of maintaining the ski trails in the Sandilands. We encourage all trail users to participate in maintenance through club membership and donations and active participation.
Laurie Silversides stepped down as club president but expressed willingness to stay on the board of directors. 2016 was a year for dreams to come true. TIDD TECH grooming equipment, which has the capacity of grooming both skate and classic trails at Quarry Oaks golf course, was purchased. Generous funding from Landmark Feeds made this purchase possible. The old warming hut built in the early 1990ís was removed in the spring and replaced by a beautiful timber frame warming hut. The hut was built at the bottom of the hill from the green parking lot. This project was made possible through contributions from Corporate Sponsors, community volunteers, including 33 students and their teachers from Steinbach Regional Secondary School Carpentry department, members from Sandilands and Charleswood Ski clubs and the hard work and vision of Clare Wiebe.
In 2017 the Ski Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary as a ski club. This milestone was acknowledged at the Sandilands Ski day. Finishing touches were made to the warming hut which included a biffy, change cubicle, firewood lean-to, and table and benches. Contributors to the warming hut projects were acknowledged with a plaque. A plaque for the hut was made to recognize the volunteers for their time and money that made this project viable. Weekly storms at the beginning of the season made grooming difficult but groomers went the extra mile and provided excellent trails.
In fall of 2017 cut backs in funding forced Sustainable Resources to eliminate the service of mowing the ski trails each fall in Sandilands Forest. Strong winds brought many trees down across the ski trails. Crews of volunteers from Sandilands and Charleswood Ski Clubs, worked hard to clear away dead fall and brush mow the trails, and reroute a section of trail in preparation for the ski season. Despite a low snow season the club experienced an excellent ski season (mid-December to early March) and a record number of day use skiers used the trails.
Over the years the Sandilands Ski Cub has gone through a number of peaks and valleys but the efforts of many has kept the club viable and thriving.