Mo-Honk, If You Love Skiing
The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York provides free use of cross
country ski or snowshoe equipment to overnight guests, who visit this scenic
location in the Shawagunk Mountains (also known as The Gunks, reputed to be
a million years older than the Catskills). Less than a couple of hours north
of New York City, the Mohonk Mountain House offers its visitors 50 km of
trails. Ski about one-mile from the hotel rental shop and then climb the
stone structure called the Sky Top Tower to a beautiful 360-degree vista of
six neighboring states. (845) 255-1000.
Earn Your Turns in New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, the SkiNH organization is offering the "Earn Your Turns"
program to fourth graders of any state. Free skiing at any or all of New
Hampshire' s 15 cross country ski areas is available upon a fourth graders
completion of a project about some aspect of skiing including essays or
models. A fourth grade teacher must verify project completion. The free
skiing offer is valid every day of the season and can even be taken
advantage of on weekends or holidays. The "Earn Your Turns" discount booklet
is also distributed to participating fourth graders as an additional reward.
www.skinh.com (800) 88 SKI-NH.
It's Women's Day
The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) is hosting New England's
Ski for Women Day to be held on Sunday, January 20th at Holderness School
In Plymouth, New Hampshire. There will be instruction for all levels of skiers,
clinics on waxing, equipment choice, and clothing and fun team relays. Women
can show up with no prior knowledge of cross country skiing nor their own
equipment and still ski the day away with their girl friends. Daycare and
lunch will be provided. Registration is $5.00 in advance or $10.00 on the
day of the event. 9:30 a.m. ˆ 3:00 p.m. www.nensa.net (802) 849-2270.
Ski Trade-In for Life
For 20 years, White Grass Touring Center in Davis, West Virginia has offered
its Equipment Trade In for Life program, whereby once a child makes a
one-time purchase of cross country ski equipment for $175.00, they can trade
that equipment in for new equipment...and keep trading it back in as they
grow up through adolescence and become adults. Equipment with strap-on
bindings for smaller kids cost is only $45.00. When a child becomes an adult
and requires adult equipment, they would pay an additional $75.00 fee. The
only stipulation is that skiers (or parents) transact the trade in person.
Upper Midwest Regional Report
North Star Events
The North Star Ski Touring Club, one of the largest cross-country clubs in America,
has two big events planned in January: Visit www.north-stars.org for details.
North Star Ski Festival, January 12, 2002, Hyland Park Reserve, Bloomington, MN
A full day of ski lessons and clinics for all levels of cross-country skiers using both the classical and skating styles.
Nordic Ski Rendezvous, January 25-27, 2002, Telemark Lodge, Cable, WI
A celebration of skiing in the gathering of Nordic ski clubs from around the region. Last year, six clubs and over 200 skiers participated.
January Grooming Clinic
ABR is hosting the CCSAA Midwest Grooming Clinic again on Jan 16 -17, 2002. Last year over 120 groomers attended. The two-day clinic will feature presentations from vendors, grooming demonstrations, and open discussions. Call Eric Anderson at ABR for more details and registration: 906-932-3502.
Regional News Brief provided by Bruce Adelsman who manages Skinnyski.com, a comprehensive cross-country ski web site covering the upper Midwest (www.skinnyski.com).
Races, News and events -
The Alaska Nordic Skier reports on all the activities of the nordic clubs in the state. News, schedules, and everything nordic in the far north is here. Contact Barry Johnson at 907-278-9607 or firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. Apparently one of the benefits of membership in the Anchorage club is a chance to ride on the ski train, heading into the hills on Feb. 23 and Mar. 9, and returning to town accompanied by a polka band. Call 907-276-7609 or visit www.alaska.net/~nsaa.
The Hog Loppet, a truly across the snow country race/tour/trek from Mission Ridge to Blewett Pass, is scheduled for March 24. 509-663-3723. Ski to Eat in the Methow Valley on March 2, and then Mountain Bike, Ski and Run in the Winter Triathlon, 509-966-3287, or email@example.com.
For an extensive list of Northwest race info, visit www.pnsa.org and follow the nordic links.
Kongsbergers Ski Club at Cabin Creek. Feb. 16, Kongsberger Stampede, 15k FS, www.kongsbergers.org.
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, Chicks on Sticks, 10k FS, Daniel Kavet, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.skileavenworth.com.
Sawtooth Mountains Guides in Stanley offer a Level II, Ski Guiding and Avalanche Hazard Seminar open to all Level I skiers, snowboarders or other winter users. $525 includes all instruction, food, hut use and course materials. 208-774-3324
email@example.com, or www.sawtoothguides.com
Sun Valley hosts the Idaho International Grand Prix on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This will be a FIS and USSA sanctioned race and will features many top skiers from Europe. The entire Norwegian team, the Swedish women, the Ukrainian biathlon team, Italians, Germans, and others, plan to train in Sun Valley prior to the Olympics and will be part of a women's 5k Classic and a men's 10k Freestyle. The Grand Prix is open to any USSA licensed racer. Contact Rick Kapala, 208-726-3899, and visit www.idahoxcseries.com.
Yosemite hosts a Nordic Holiday Feb. 23 and 24. Register for both races (see below)
and enjoy a Saturday afternoon tele clinic at N/C. The big news in Tahoe is the National Masters Championships in mid March, with many social events as well as races.Visit www.xcskiworld.com for complete information.
Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake area is a hotbed of events, too numerous to list. Visit The Utah Nordic Alliance at www.utahnordic.com. Keep up with the US Olympic Team at www.usskiteam.com, www.xcskiworld.com, or www.ncsef.org.
Frisco Nordic Center, Feb. 23, Snowshoe festival features recreation and competitive events.
Steamboat has cancelled their Stampede and Sweetheart Relay for this year due to the Olympics. Keystone hosts a Snow Sports Triathlon on Feb.10 - snowshoe uphill, ski/board/telemark down.
Telluride Nordic hosts their annual winter carnival on Superbowl Saturday, 971-728-1144.
Crested Butte hosts a telemark festival from Feb. 22 - Mar. 3. Three days of tele freeskiing competition start on the 22nd, with a free equipment demo on the 23rd. A tele slopestyle goes off on the 25th, with an avalanche rescue and beacon clinic on the 26th.
The Telemark Nationals are from Feb. 26 to Mar. 3, with an Old Style competition held on the 2nd for anyone who still has a pair of leather lace ups. The free-heel Triple Crown will be awarded based on the results of the 21k Alley Loop skate race on February 2, the tele freeskiing competition and the Telemark Nationals. More info at www.skicb.com/telemark.