Below freezing temperatures great for local ski club's Winter Carnival

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Temperatures in the negatives didn't stop this group from having fun in the snow Saturday morning.

Many folks might stay indoors but for the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club... this is the perfect weather to host their winter carnival.

The Black Hills Nordic Ski Club gave students free lessons in skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking up at the Big Hill Trailhead in Spearfish.

The club provided equipment and shoes for anyone who didn't have gear of their own.

The club's president Wyatt Hansen says Nordic sports are great because they give people something fun to do in the winter.

Black Hills Nordic Ski Club President Wyatt Hansen says, "This is our 2nd year, the Winter Carnival. Last year we focused on the racing aspect and realized that we needed to branch out and get more people involved in the sport of skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking so we hosted this event this year to get more people that would like to try the sport but don't have the equipment."

First time cross-country skier Jeremy Elsom says, "Well, it was fun until I started going downhill and fell down for the first time because I didn't really know how to turn, but after that it got easier. I'd definitely tell them to come out and give it a try. It's a lot of fun. Trying something new is always fun."

Black Hills Nordic is made up of volunteers who put hundreds of hours into grooming and maintaining the trails.

In February they will have a Poker Ski and the annual Spearfish race challenge.