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by Roger Lohr
Community Grants Available for
Nonprofit XC Ski Groups
The American Cross Country Skier (AXCS) organization and Subaru of America have joined together to offer $1,000 grants to three nonprofit cross country ski organizations. The grants are earmarked for fixed asset purchases/expenses such as equipment and facilities that encourage or support community development of groomed cross country skiing. Education programs for coaches and community leaders are also eligible for awards.
See www.xcskiworld.com for
Methow Valley is the Northwest’s
Fun Loving Nordic Ski Mecca
The Methow Valley Winter Trails in Winthrop, Washington has a winter of events lined up starting with the Ski Rodeo on December 29. Fun races held in Mazama for the whole family including 1k, 2k, 3k, 5k, and 10k distances. The Ski to Eat tour scheduled for March 1st from Wolf Ridge along the Community Trail finishes at the Freestone Inn with three gourmet food stops and a pasta dinner at the end. Also, don’t miss the six-legged fun race with your dog at the Doggie Dash slated for February 16 in a one-kilometer race that requires dog and skier to cross the finish line together united by a leash or harness. Prizes to be awarded for fastest time, large and small dog categories, and best costumes. www.mvsta.com or (509)996-3287.
Crested Butte Celebrates
The Crested Butte Backcountry Carnival is scheduled for January 24-February 2.
The free heel events include softball in the snow, an avalanche beacon competition to beat the dogs, wilderness medicine clinic, weather forecasting and prediction, and a disco skate costume party. Crested Butte Nordic Center and Crested Butte Mountain Guides are coordinating the event.
For more info call (970)349-5430 or 349-1707.
Life-Link Dynafit Randonnee Rally
for Cash and Prizes
This series of ski mountaineering competitions follow skiers up, down and across mountain trails to test their alpine touring skills, endurance and equipment. $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Sponsors include Life-Link, Boeri, Marmot, REI and the Grand Teton Brewing Company. Events will be held on January 11 at Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia; February 23 at Alpental on Snoqualmie Pass, WA; Stevens Pass, WA and Jackson Hole, WY.
(800) 443-8620 x175; www.life-link.com.
Sun Valley Serenade
Sun Valley, Idaho offers 300 km of groomed xc skiing between the town of Ketchum and the Galena Summit. The newly built Boulder Yurt is a Nordic skier’s hangout that the local cross country ski community rebuilt after it burned down. It is only one-quarter mile from the Harriman Trail and is equipped with William Sonoma cookware, copper-topped counters, an igloo and sledding hill for kids. To reserve an overnight stay at the yurt or coordinate porter
service, call Sun Valley Trekking at
(208) 788-1966 or on the Web www.svtrek.com.
It was Nice Knowing You
South Fork Lodge in Swan Valley, Idaho, will operate its 35km nordic trail system
this winter, but will not open it lodge and restaurant. Owners commented that the lodge may open in the winter again in the future, but trying to establish the lodge as a new cross country ski destination area was not viable at this time. South Fork
continues to be a top summer destination,
particularly for fly fishing.
Jackson Hole Telemark Festival
and Other Activities
On February 4-9 Jackson Hole Nordic Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming will host camps, kids clinics and a free skiing competition. The camp includes a tour, early tram, and banquet. A women’s telemark weekend is scheduled for January 24-26 and a ski jouring clinic (BYO dog) is scheduled for March 8. (307)739-2629.
There is a reason that Maplelag in Callaway, Minnesota was voted as the "best area in the central US" in the 2002 Cross Country Skier magazine Best XC Resort Poll - the family magic that can be had at the resort. Take "The Plunge" into the lake after the "no suit" sauna and you will earn the right to purchase the commemorative t-shirt after you’ve jumped through the hole in the ice. On Saturday the party lasts all night. The Variety/Talent Show features everything from jugglers and family skits, to jokes, musical instruments and German beer drinking songs. The show is followed by the Saturday Night Dance, which offers an eclectic collection of music for dancers of all ages. (800) 654-7711; www.maplelag.com.
Git Along You Doggies
on the Gunflint Trail
The Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais, Minnesota features 100 km of groomed xc ski trails and features dog sled rides into the Gunflint Trail area. A one-hour ride is $58 per person and two-hour rides are $98 per person. Stay overnight at the Gunflint Lodge’s 23 distinct cabins. (800)328-3325; www.gunflint.com.
Wild Wolf Vistas
Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN has 65 km of xc ski trails including 20 foot wide skating lanes, diagonal striding trails with warming hut destinations stops, and backcountry ski and snowshoe trails. The huts overlook wild wolf packs and there are recommended routes for wildlife viewing in the Superior National Forest. For more info call (800)688-7669; www.giantsridge.com/.
Trollhaugen Opens Troll Hollow
The Trollhaugen alpine ski area in Dresser, WI will offer fulltime xc skiing in "Troll Hollow" with 1.6 kilometers of lighted classic/skating trails that will be groomed daily and supported by 100 percent snowmaking. (715)755-2955.
The Gunstock Nordic Association in Gilford, NH is looking for a coach.
Since the season has started, they have come up with two possible options allowing for a greater difference in coaching experience.
Option 1: a full time year round Nordic combined coaching position. This position is looking for a fully qualified and experienced coach capable of coaching as well as overseeing a full Nordic program for the area.
Option 2: a part time coach willing to
share responsibilities with a more
qualified coach that is only available
one day/week, at races and on a consulting basis. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Jackson Ski Tour Foundation Announces Free Goodies
The entire village of Jackson, New Hampshire is into cross country skiing. The Ski Touring Foundation is initiating a free shuttle bus system around the village on weekends and holidays to bring skiers to four different trailheads in its extensive trail system. A great Ski Free Midweek (Sunday-Thursday nights) offer will be available this winter, where any number of people can ski free if they stay at any the Jackson area’s participating hotels or inns including Carter Notch, Ellis River House and The Village House. A family of four could save $42 per day on trail passes. www.jacksonxc.org (603) 383-9355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilderness Trails into the Gorge
The Wilderness Trails in Quechee, Vermont winds through the terrain of the Marshland Farm past the spectacular Quechee Gorge and waterfall, beaver dams and fox dens. Skiers need to have advanced skills to ski down the trail to the bottom of the gorge, but they can hike the trail. The Quechee Gorge is the second most visited site in the state of Vermont (after the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream manufacturing plant). The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm is a fine dining country inn with an extensive wine list. (802) 295-7620 or on the Web at www.quecheeinn.com
Lake Placid Gives Free XC Intro
A program that gives a free introduction to xc skiing to third graders in the Lake Placid, New York area has reached 2,500 students, teachers and parents in three seasons. The Verizon Sports Complex Cross Country Ski School coordinated the program to provide a free midweek package including trail pass, rental equipment and instruction on any school day from January to March. Schools bring up to 60 students per day as well as teachers, administrators and chaperones for 2-3 hours divided into two ski seasons. Awareness of xc skiing has increased in the region tremendously and there have been large increases in participation in local youth ski leagues. For more info contact email@example.com
The Ultimate Groove in New Hampshire
The Ultimate Groove telemark clinics offer women instruction on telemark technique, while emphasizing adventure, camaraderie and fun at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Heather Paul, former US Telemark Team member and X Games competitor hosts with equipment provided by K2 and outerwear from Marmot. The clinics are $199. Loon also offers cross country clinics and specialty tours available at the Adventure Center. Contact Loon Mountain (800) 229-LOON (5666) or www.loonmtn.com
Salvation Army Outfits the People
From opening day to December 31st, Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH and Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville will be collection sites for winter jackets and pants that the local Salvation Army affiliates will forward to others in the region. If you are not using any of your winter clothing bring your donations to either ski area lodge.
Hermitage Wins Another Award
The Hermitage Inn and XC Touring Center in Wilmington, Vermont which has won Spectator Magazine Awards for its wine selection every year since 1984 has won the DiRONA Award (the distinguished restaurants of North America). There are 2,000 labels on the Hermitage wine list and 35,000-40,000 bottles in the cellar. Good wine, good food and 50 km of groomed xc ski trails, too. (802) 464-3511 www.hermitageinn.com
Far Hills Inn, Quebec’s Premier Private XC Resort
The Far Hills resort in Quebec offers 75 rooms, outstanding dining and wine, indoor pool, six full time xc ski instructors and 100 km including groomed classic and skating trails and ungroomed backcountry trails. Call (800) 567-6636 or on the Web at www.farhillsinn.com
Hotel L’Estorel – Grand Old Quebec
The Hotel L’Esterel is only 55 minutes north of Montreal and has all the snow sports fun you could want with xc skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating on the lake and many kilometers of trails The hotel has 125 rooms, an indoor pool, gymnasium and holiday activities. (888) 378-3735 www.infoesterel.com
Discover Cross Country Skiing at Cypress Mountain
Cypress Mountain outside of Vancouver, British Columbia features a multitude of Discover XC Skiing programs The 19 kilometers of groomed trails offer snowy mountain forests and spectacular views. Cypress also has 7 km of lighted trails for night skiing. (604) 922-0825 or www.cypressmountain.com
Mont Sainte Anne, Canada’s Premier XC Area
Only 30 minutes from Quebec City, the walled city with terrace cafes, restaurants, boutiques and that old country feeling, Mont Sainte Anne is a picturesque, diversified network of trails known for exceptional snow conditions. The Nordic facility has 224 km of groomed trails and 135 km for skaters. There are eight heated shelters along the trails and three of them of them have lodging facilities that can accommodate six people.
www.mont-sainte-anne.com or call (418) 827-4561