Take It Outside! That’s the slogan spread across the bottom of local cross-country ski shop Track 'N Trail’s logo. A smart bit of marketing, it also alludes to Bob Schilf’s everyday theory on fitness and the outdoors. Schilf, who started the business 32 years ago with his father, Horst, originally envisioned a full service cross-country ski shop to serve Edmonton skiers. While it has grown to include numerous outdoor sports, at its core, Track ‘N Trail is still that little Nordic ski shop, and it remains one of Schilf’s winter passions. “We live in a winter city, so why not embrace it?” Schilf asks rhetorically. The fitness benefits are many, the gear is relatively inexpensive and the trails are largely free, so for Edmontonians looking to get outside, raise their heart rate and keep warm this winter, cross country skiing is an excellent resource.
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