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Try out cross country skiing at the official opening of the River Bend Enhancements this Friday

February 20, 2018 10:33 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

If you’ve ever wanted to try out cross country skiing, head down to River Bend Golf and Recreation Area this Friday for free cross country ski rentals, complimentary food and beverages, entertainment and to watch biathlon competitors in action.

It’s all happening on February 23, 2018 from 12 – 3 p.m. in celebration of the enhancements made to the River Bend Golf and Recreation Area in preparation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The official opening ceremony begins at 12:15 in the River Bend Club House with complimentary food and beverages to follow with local entertainment.

Complimentary cross country ski and snowshoe equipment will be available for both kids and adults and information on local Nordic ski programs and lessons.  Stroll down the trails and see the biathlon range in action with competitors practicing for the North American Cup, Western Canadian Championships and Calforex Biathlon Cup, happening that weekend. Racing for biathlon occurs Saturday and Sunday and the public is welcome to attend.

Over the past year, select trails were widened to better accommodate skate skiing, winter biking and other multi-trail uses resulting in a lasting recreational legacy. A stadium area for spectators was constructed as well as a media and timing cabin, and the biathlon range was renovated. These upgrades were necessary to meet technical requirements to host cross country skiing and biathlon during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

More information is available at

For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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