North Fork Park a joy — when it has snow

Story by Richard S. White
Special to the Standard-Examiner
January 4, 2012
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North Fork Park near Eden offers trails that can be enjoyed in any season but the park really shows off when winter’s snows turn it into a mecca for skiers who don’t like to wait in lift lines.

With its new Nordic Center/Warming Hut and 30 kilometers of groomed trails for skate skiing, classic cross-country skiing and snowshoe/hiking, North Fork Park has something for all levels of winter enthusiasts.

North Fork was developed as a partnership between Ogden Nordic, Weber Pathways, the U.S. Forest Service and Weber County Parks.

Since 2002, Ogden Nordic has been working diligently to develop this fabulous venue for the citizens and visitors of Weber County.

Ogden Nordic uses the trail fees to provide the equipment and the fuel for volunteers who groom the trails three times each week. On the weekends, volunteers will be present in the visitor center to hand out advice on the trails, arrange for rentals and dispense free hot chocolate.

Suggested trails:

For beginners, start at trail #1. Proceed out and around the horse corral and back on the main road. About 1.5 hours.

For more advanced skiers, start at the South Gate to Cutler flats and back. About 2 hours.

The accompanying map shows 16 trails.

Important features:

Restrooms available at South Gate and North Gate trailheads.

Ample parking at both trailheads.

Great fun for children of all ages.

Dogs permitted on leashes.

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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.

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