Annual Ski Day and Citizen Race

The Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance (B.R.O.R.A.) hosted a ski day at the Purple Sage Nordic Center on the morning of Jan. 21. Ski gear was available free of charge.

In the kids race category, Nikki Hilton won first place, Jacob Hilton came in second and Ben Horrocks was third.

B.R.O.R.A. is a nonprofit organization based in Evanston, and the north slope of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Its purpose is to assist and cooperate with local, state and federal governments in promoting, developing and maintaining outdoor recreation.

Some of the organization’s main focuses are promoting Nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, river use and equestrian use within the local areas.

B.R.O.R.A. coordinates with the Evanston Parks and Recreation District for maintenance of cross-country ski trails located at the Bear River Parkway, Bear River State Park, Purple Sage Golf Course, Aspen Elementary, and Uinta Meadows Elementary.

They help the U.S. Forest Service maintain ski trails and yurts in the Lily Lake Ski Area as well as build and maintain the Rio Oso mountain biking trail system near Bear River State Park.

B.R.O.R.A. promotes community outreach events and contributes to outdoor youth programs, including donating skis to local elementary schools and sponsoring youth ski scholarships through the Evanston Parks and Recreation Department.

The B.R.O.R.A. board is a group of volunteer community members who provide summer and winter outdoor recreation opportunities to the community.

They currently are in the planning and funding stage of obtaining an ADA compliant yurt and hope to have it ready for rent in the next two years.

Upcoming future events include the B.R.O.R.A. Bash on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event also begins at the Lily Lake Ski Trailhead where participants can ski to the warming hut before skiing on to the East Fork Yurt where soup and grilled cheese sandwiches will be served for lunch. This event is free this year.