Menihek, in Montagnais, means, "challenging path" or "challenging trail," an appropriate appellation for one of Newfoundland and Labradors oldest, most active, and best developed Nordic ski clubs. The originators of the club were an eclectic mix of nationalities: Finnish, Estonian, Norwegian, English, South African and of course, Canadians from all regions. Menihek Nordic Ski Club now boasts a beautiful A-Frame Chalet, designed by local artisan James Hoskins, and an expanded trail system to compliment the world class Koch Trail. President, Gerry Rideout says, "It's great to have the contrasting types of skiing and terrain developed here. You can attack the infamous 'Koch's Delight' or even 'The Hole' or simply enjoy a leisurely ski around the lake on the 'Dumbell Tour' or 'The Birches'. Sunset doesn't end the skiing either as the longest lit trail in the province, 'Vello's Trail', fondly known as the 401 locally, still awaits the avid skier." With 40 km (3km lighted) of the best Cross Country Ski Trails in eastern Canada, groomed daily for classic and free technique, Menihek is your Nordic Destination.
Family and community are guiding philosophies at Menihek, a fact reflected in our events and facilities. Family BBQs are regular events at the chalet - one-featured four generations of skiers around the grill! Five towing baby slides, polks, allow young parents and even grandparents to enjoy the trails with their children. A sit-ski for physically challenged skiers is in almost constant use and modern, well-maintained rental equipment allows newcomers to the sport to join in without incurring exorbitant costs in purchasing start-up equipment. Family and senior's rates on season passes make Nordic skiing financially feasible for everyone and Menihek's membership list continues to include skiers of every age and numbers over 400 active members.