FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bicycle Club has been hard at work putting its newest piece of equipment, a trail grooming Snowdog machine donated by NorthRiver Midstream, to work creating and maintaining trails at Beatton Provincial Park.

In partnership with BC Parks, the Blizzard Bicycle Club has been developing a series of mountain bike trails in the park since 2017. In four years, the trails have further developed the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club’s snowshoe trails to over 12 kilometres of single and double-tracked mountain bike trails.

The emergence of “fat bikes,” bicycles with four to five inch-wide tires that easily traverse through snow, have become popular in the last couple of years.

“With a population going stir crazy during the pandemic lockdowns, the ability to go out and ride their bikes in the winter was a welcome distraction. So the Blizzard’s lived up to their name and now ride all year round,” said Blizzard Bicycle Club president, Dan Webster.

Recognizing the potential for year-round cycling at the park, Blizzard community relations advisor, Lacey Beaumont, submitted a proposal for the multi-use Snowdog.

NorthRiver Midstream recognized the value of this piece of equipment to the whole community, and on January 11th, the company made a $6,500 donation to cover the entire cost of the unit.

“The Snowdog was purchased wholly by NorthRiver’s generous contribution and is currently housed at the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club’s storage shed at the park,” said Webster.

BC Parks has approved the use of the Snowdog under the Partnership Agreement with the Blizzard Bicycle Club, and trail grooming is already underway.

“Next time you are out at Beatton Park this winter enjoying these well groomed trails, either on your bike or on foot, give a warm thank-you to NorthRiver and the hard-working volunteers with the Blizzard Bicycle Club.”