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Learn cross country in beautiful Brule

Free cross-country ski lessons for children and adults in classic and skate styles are offered at the After Hours Ski Trail in the Brule River State Forest on Sunday.

Everyone is welcome. Children must be registered by a parent or guardian, and children eight and younger should be accompanied by an adult.

Youth groups, such as scouts and 4-H may participate by registering in advance. No memberships or trail passes are required.

Ski lessons start at the trailhead at 12:45 p.m.

Rental equipment will be available until 4 p.m., but only for those who register and are present at the 12:30 p.m. equipment checkout time.

The cost for rental skis, boots, and poles is $5 for youths 12 and younger and $15 for others.

All participants need to register by 8 p.m. on Thursday. Call Susie Isaksen at 715-372-4939.

For each person renting equipment, provide name, whether classic or skate-style equipment is desired, shoe size, whether the shoe size is a child or adult size, sex, age, and approximate weight and height. Please also leave your own name and telephone number.

Sunday's ski lessons are sponsored by the Brule Valley Ski Club, the Brule River State Forest, and the Brule Lions Club.

The After Hours trailhead and parking lot are just south of Highway 2 on After Hours Road, which is the first road west of the Brule River.