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About Walden

The Club promotes fitness and broad-based participation in cross country ski activities, fat biking and
snowshoeing from recreational to competitive levels for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Promoting outdoor fitness, recreation and leisure opportunities for residents of and visitors to the City of Greater Sudbury, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and surrounding area

  • Providing and maintaining a system of ski and snowshoe trails for multi-purpose year-round use

  • Offering accessible services and organizing events for members and the visiting public to encourage fitness and participation in cross country skiing, snowshoeing and winter fat bike riding

  • Providing programs, activities and services that specifically encourage and promote participation by families

  • Promoting cross country skiing as a “sport for life” by training instructors and delivering skill development programs that encourage fun, fitness and healthy lifestyles for all ages

  • Setting fees and rates that are affordable, while maintaining the equipment, facilities and service offered

  • Fostering an active group of volunteers.

  • Collaborating with other organizations that use the Walden Trails to coordinate shared trail-related responsibilities and the delivery of mutually beneficial services and programs.

  • Providing financial assistance and support for groups , individuals and families as required

  • Introduce “‘green initiatives” where possible

Volunteer of The Year Awards

2022/2023 - Dave Richardson & Brent Walker

2021/2022 David Hamilton & Dave Hanson

2020/2021 - Sue Cushnie, Sarah Pilbacka, Diana Demery-Hepinstall, Kate MacIlraith,

Megan Richardson & Abigail Oshell

2019/2020 - Neil Phipps & Sara MacIlraith

2018/2019 - Rob Wiss

2017/2018 - Sue Murray

2016/2017 - Rusty Hopper & Marty Neva

2015/2016Jody Waddell & Phil Mulligan

2014/2015 - Matti Jousi & Peter Phipps

Special Recognitions
2023 - Mary Waddell
2022 - Phil Mulligan
2020 - Phil Smythe

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Personnel

Executive

PRESIDENT

Scott Hopkins (acting)

VICE PRESIDENT

Jody Wadell

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TREASURER

Pat Montpetit

TREASURER

Harry Sheppard

BOARD MEMBER

Dave Hamilton

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BOARD MEMBER

Dave Hanson

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BOARD MEMBER

Rusty Hopper

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BOARD MEMBER

Matti Jousi

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BOARD MEMBER

Karen Renout

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BOARD MEMBER

Jen Geddes

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BOARD MEMBER

Liisa Parise

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BOARD MEMBER

Dave Richardson

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BOARD MEMBER

Eric Valentine

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OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sarah Pilbacka

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Diana Demery-Hepinstall

MEDIA + COMMUNICATIONS

Abigail Oshell

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

TBD

HEAD COACH

Marlee Clement

ASSISTANT COACH

Sara McIlraith

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ASSISTANT COACH

Bryan Dubeau

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YOUTH PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

WALDEN TRAILS HEAD GROOMER

Jody Waddell

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BEAVER LAKE TRAILS HEAD GROOMER

Matti Jousi

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SKI TRAILS

Martin Neva

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SKI TRAILS

John Peacock

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SKI TRAILS

Julian Montpetit

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SKI TRAILS

Brent Walker

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SKI TRAILS

Dave Hanson

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BIKE TRAILS

Rusty Hopper

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BIKE TRAILS

Kevin Sullivan

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BIKE TRAILS

Peter Goodmurphy

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BIKE TRAILS

Denis Champaigne

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BIKE TRAILS

Geoff Classen

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BIKE TRAILS

Dave Tindall

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BIKE TRAILS

Dan Tambur

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BIKE TRAILS

Wayne Harris

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Chalet Staff

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sarah Pilbacka

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Diana Demery-Hepinstall

MEDIA + COMMUNICATIONS

Abigail Oshell

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

TBD

HEAD COACH

Marlee Clement

ASSISTANT COACH

Sara McIlraith

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ASSISTANT COACH

Bryan Dubeau

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YOUTH PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Trail Grooming Team

WALDEN TRAILS HEAD GROOMER

Jody Waddell

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BEAVER LAKE TRAILS HEAD GROOMER

Matti Jousi

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SKI TRAILS

Martin Neva

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SKI TRAILS

John Peacock

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SKI TRAILS

Julian Montpetit

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SKI TRAILS

Brent Walker

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SKI TRAILS

Dave Hanson

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BIKE TRAILS

Rusty Hopper

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BIKE TRAILS

Kevin Sullivan

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BIKE TRAILS

Peter Goodmurphy

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BIKE TRAILS

Denis Champaigne

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BIKE TRAILS

Geoff Classen

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BIKE TRAILS

Dave Tindall

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BIKE TRAILS

Dan Tambur

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BIKE TRAILS

Wayne Harris

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Volunteer Leads

MEMBERSHIP (Zone4)

Karen Broughton

CLUB PARTNER - WMBC

Rusty Hopper

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear for Jackrabbits or to ski in different weather?
For Jackrabbits, ensure to dress in layers, wear warm socks, cover your ears and on really cold days, hand and feet warmers come in handy. 

How can I learn to ski?
We offer private lessons, youth programs and adult programs. Also, the chalet staff are always happy to give you tips! Click Here for program and lesson information.

What are the chalet hours and what do you offer?
We are open from 9 AM until 5 PM on weekends and from 9 AM until 9 PM on weekdays. The lights on the 3km night ski trail turn on at sunset and remain on until 9:30 PM all week and we have cross country ski rentals (classic & skate), as well as snowshoe rentals available. Click Here for more information.

What equipment do I need to get started?
If you are looking to rent equipment, the chalet staff will fit you with your size of skis, boots and poles. If you are looking to get your own equipment, our annual ski swap in early November is a great place to find used equipment and get sized!

What is the difference between classic and skate skiing?
Classic is the style most people start with and involves being in the groomed tracks. Classic skis are longer, while the poles are shorter. Skate skiing requires more technique and requires skis that are shorter, more supportive boots and longer poles. Both are equally as fun, feel free to ask the chalet staff for more information!

How and why should I wax my skis? 
Although some skis are branded as waxless, they still require glide wax and storage wax in order to keep them in the best shape possible. The chalet offers waxing clinics and ski waxing. 

Contact

Walden Trails

1 Denis Avenue, Naughton, ON  P0M 2M0

Beaver Lake Trails

45 Club Road, Worthington, ON

info@waldenxc.ca

705-692-2321

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