Cross country skiing is now offered at the Green Heart of the Basin

A new 5km cross-country ski trail is now open in the Snyderville Basin. The Green Heart of the Basin at Osguthorpe Farm has its grand opening on Wednesday.

The trail is free to the public and access is through a ski rental contract paid for by the Mountain Trails Foundation and Summit Land Conservancy with help from the Promontory Foundation and private donations during KPCW’s Summer Pledge Drive. The Summit Land Conservancy raised over $19,000 last August with the help of KPCW listeners.

Summit Land Conservancy executive director Cheryl Fox said Promontory and an anonymous donor helped raise money last summer.

“At KPCW we had a donor who would help us fund the ski lease if we got a certain amount of money for KPCW,” Fox said of leasing Osguthorpe Farm.

Access to the trail is from Willow Creek Park. According to Fox, 160 hectares are currently under conservation and there may be room for more trails in the future.

The trail is groomed by Basin Recreation and is open to cross-country skiers only. No hikers, bikers, dogs or snowshoe hikers allowed. Fox said people need to respect the rules and be sensitive about resting on land that’s also an active farm.

“This is private property and this family has agreed to only let us onto their property for cross-country skiing,” they said, as is the gear they have.

Another Osguthorpe estate, the Land of Oz, is closed to cross-country skiing this winter as the soil has been tilled to prepare it for farming later this year.

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