Ski trails get new lease on life

Because of his numerous gold medals, Pierre Harvey will forever be a part of Olympics history. In Whitehorse, because of the Pierre Harvey Trail, Harvey's name will live on for at least another five year.

Because of his numerous gold medals, Pierre Harvey will forever be a part of Olympics history. In Whitehorse, because of the Pierre Harvey Trail, Harvey’s name will live on for at least another five year.

Last week the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club and ATCO Power Canada Ltd signed a five-year lease allowing the club continued use of land that sections of the Harvey and the World Cup 10-kilometre trails lie upon.

“ATCO does not have plans in the near future to sell or develop the land and they want to continue to provide this benefit for Yukoners for as long as possible,” said ATCO representative Jerome Babyn, in a media release.

The trails, which were developed for the World Cup Final held in Whitehorse in March 1981, are used by cross-country skiers, hikers and mountain bikers. In fact, the Contagious Mountain Bike Club held some of its 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Race on some of the trails this past summer.

“This is a good first step for improved tenure on the trail system,” said Mike Gladish, manager of the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club, in the release. “ATCO has stepped up and made a commitment that gives us confidence for the next several years.” (Tom Patrick)