Cross-country skiing now offered at Cœur Vert du Bassin

A new 5 km cross-country loop is now open in 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 lease paid for by the Mountain Trails Foundation and Summit Land Conservancy with assistance from the Promontory Foundation and private donations during the Summer Pledge Drive from KPCW. The Summit Land Conservancy raised over $19,000 last August with the help of KPCW auditors.

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

“On KPCW, we had a donor who would help fund the ski rental if we got a certain amount of money for KPCW,” Fox said. “All those people who called and supported KPCW also helped us fund the ski hire Osguthorpe Farm.

Access to the trail will be from Willow Creek Park. Fox said 160 acres are currently being preserved and there is potentially room for more trails in the future.

The trail will be groomed by Basin Recreation and is open to cross-country skiers only. No hikers, cyclists, dogs or snowshoers are allowed. Fox said people need to play by the rules and be sensitive that they are recreating on land that is also an active farm.

“It’s private property and this family has agreed to let us onto their property for cross-country skiing only,” she said. “The rest of the year it’s a working farm, so we have to be respectful and mindful of the floors that are there, as well as the equipment that they have.

The Land of Oz, another property in Osguthorpe, is closed to cross-country skiers this winter as the ground has been plowed to prepare for farming later this year.

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