The Regional Reports will keep you informed of what’s happening in your neck of the woods. Our contributors have compiled news about events, clinics and news of interest to anyone who would rather be outside skiing on cold winter day. Send your suggestions to the writers listed at the end of each region.
Calling All Chocoholics
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center in Intervale, NH
is conducting its 13th annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday, February 24th.
The 20 km tour includes eight stops along the trail, where skiers can enjoy free
chocolate goodies and coupons for more chocolate redeemable at participating
purveyors in town. (603) 356-9920.
Ultimate Thrills at the Stowe Derby
The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and wildest downhill cross country ski races in North America and the ultimate test of both downhill and cross country skiing abilities. On Sunday, February 24, 2002 the Derby, which is 16km begins at the top of Mt. Mansfield and winds down through the Stowe Recreation Path to the village of Stowe, Vermont. The first 6 km at the start of the race features thrills and spills down Toll Road switchbacks. The Stowe Derby, which is produced by the Mt. Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club, is open to men and women of all ages, serious competitors and citizen racers. There is a shorter 10 km race (Short Course) designed for kids or those, who prefer to avoid the rigors of the long and sustained descent. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in all
age categories. Up to 1,000 competitors are likely and spectators can be guaranteed an entertaining day. Early registration is
recommended and there is no race day
registration. (802) 253-7704.
At Grafton Ponds in Townshend, Vermont, they always appreciate help from Mother Nature when it comes to having snow. But southern Vermont’s Grafton Ponds took things into its own hands when it invested in state-of-the-art snowmaking technology. With cold temperatures, ski area operators at Grafton can guarantee snow late into the season and so that guests can ski,
snowshoe, ice skate and go tubing.
Dynamite Demo Day
Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center in Northville, New York now celebrating its 25th year of operation will host its annual Dynamite Demo Day on Monday, February 18th. Representatives from major cross country ski manufacturers will be available with advice and free demos. The Demo Day is a great opportunity for snowshoers and cross-country skiers, male or female,
beginner or expert to test drive new gear that performs better and makes skiing and snowshoeing much more fun than their older equipment.
Demo Day participants can prove it for themselves. (518) 863-4974.
Roger Lohr lives in Hanover, New Hampshire working as a researcher
and writer in the snow sports and trails
communities. He has xc skied since1972, started telemarking in the mid 70's and
now also loves snowboarding.
The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race
The 18th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race will be held Jan. 19, 2002 at Giants Ridge
Golf and Ski Resort in Biwabik, MN. Giants Ridge has a world class reputation for its
race trails and snow grooming. The Ridge
has held the World Cup, Olympic Trials, National Collegiate Finals and U. S. National Championships. The Pepsi Challenge Cup is a 48k free style race on the world class Nordic Trail System. There are four companion races; 24k Laurentian Loppett, 48K Classic, 24k Classic and 7k Mini Challenge. There is a race to accommodate skiers at every level. The Pepsi Challenge Cup Race is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and serves as a Birke Qualifier. The Pepsi Challenge Cup is sanctioned by the United States Ski Association (USSA). For more information phone Race Headquarters at (218) 865 3007 or Giants Ridge at 1-800-688-7669 ext. 3007.
The Mora Vasaloppet is the largest race in Minnesota. More than 700 volunteers make the skiers feel welcome. Featuring a exciting mass start, skiers can choose between a 58K or 35K course options. The 58K is one of the longest one-day marathon races in the country. The first North American male and female finishers in the 58K race will receive a free trip to Sweden to compete in the following year's Swedish Vasaloppet ski race.
For more information about the Mora Vasaloppet call1-800-368-6672 oremail: email@example.com.
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).
Although spring brings greater access and better weather, don’t make the wrong kind of Nordic News by being an avalanche victim. To learn more about avalanches, and to find daily avalanche reports and forecasts for your local region, visit the American Avalanche Institute at www.avalanche.org or call 307-733-3315. If you live near or north of the border, check out the Canadian Avalanche Association at www.avalanche.ca or call 250-837-2435. In Alaska, call the Alaska Mountain Safety Center at 907-345-3566.
The Cyberspace Snow and Avalanche Center at www.csac.org and www.avalanchecourse.com/ are two other good sites with links to avalanche education resources.
On November 26 of last year, Anchorage International Airport announced a draft plan for airport expansion that would preserve Kincaid Park, home to 50 k of world class nordic trails and wildlife habitat cherished by many Anchorage residents. The alternative selected does require the re-routing of part of the coastal trail, and would increase noise and pollution in the Anchorage Bowl. Many Nordic skiers support an alternative that would create an air cargo facility at a site with more room and fewer neighbors. This option would allow for future airport expansion without further loss of trails or habitat at Kincaid. Comment period on the “Draft Preliminary Airfield Alternative” is open until Feb. 1, 2002. You can comment via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Mark Butler at 906-266-2107.
Visit www.crosscountryalaska.org for more information about race events throughout the state and information on the Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for 3/17-23 in Greenland.
The Alaska Nordic Skier reports on all the activities of the Nordic clubs in the state. News, race schedules, and everything else nordic in the far north is here. Contact Barry Johnson at 907-278-9607 or email@example.com to subscribe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The Ridge to River on April 14 starts with a 10k ski at Mission Ridge, followed by downhill skiing, running, road biking, a downriver canoe or kayak race and the final team portage to the finish line in Wenatchee, WA. Call 509-662-8799 or visit www.r2r.org for more information.
On May 26, a 6k cross-country course at the Mt. Baker Ski Area starts off the Ski to Sea Race. Downhill skiing, running, road biking, canoeing, mountain biking and a final sea kayak leg across Bellingham Bay complete the 85-mile race.
for more information.
The Oregon Spring XC Ski Camp.
Bend, May 21-26. Five mornings of unforgettable late spring skiing on finely groomed trails at Mt. Bachelor. Afternoon dryland sessions include rollerskiing, bounding, strength, plus recreational options such as river rafting, mountain biking, and more. Evenings lectures on a wide range of training and skiing topics. Headline staff includes top 10 World Cup skier Beckie Scott, #1-ranked U.S. male Justin Wadsworth, and XC Oregon Coach J.D. Downing.
or call (541) 317.0217 for more information.
Oregon’s stop on the spring multi-sport event circuit is the Pole Peddle Paddle in Bend, May 19. Cross-country, downhill,
biking, flatwater paddling, and a run take participants from the slopes of Mt. Bachelor to the streets of Bend.
Contact 541-388-0002 for more information.
Mt. Bachelor hosts the Cascade Crest Tour, a 15k or 25k freestyle event on April 6.
Call 541-388-0002 or visit www.mbsef.org.
Galena Lodge, located outside of Ketchum, is under new management this year.
Ski before or after two full moon dinners scheduled on Feb. 26 or 27, or March 27 or 28. Each Wednesday, Galena and Blaine County Recreation District offer winter wildlife walks. A trail pass is required and you must be on snowshoes. Call 208-726-4010 for
information about these events, or to reserve one of their yurts which is accessible by a short ski. Call 208-726-6662 or visit www.xcskisv.com for information on trail conditions in the greater Sun Valley area.
Echo Summit, Saturday, March 23, Echo To Kirwood Race/Tour, a13 mile ski or snowshoe event. Skins for the initial climb and a good thirst for free beer at the end are recommended. (530) 647-1825 or email@example.com
Mammoth Lakes, Sunday, March 31, Mammoth Marathon at Tamarack Lodge XC. This 42k or 21k event wraps up the California race season with a catered party at the end. (760) 934-5293 or
Royal Gorge, Sunday, March 31,
Easter Bunny Jubilee– Bring your basket!
The special visit of the Easter Bunny is for kids up to 10 years old, and is free on skis, $2 on foot. (530) 426-3871 or
Bear Valley Cross-Country, Saturday April 6, Tom's 10K Classic Race. (209) 753-2834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ASC Training Center at Donner Summit, Sunday, April 7, 10th Mt. Division Biathlon,
9 km./6 km, (Jrs. 6/3 km.) 530-426-3313 or email@example.com.
West Yellowstone, March 9, Yellowstone Rendezvous Marathon Ski Race, 5 to 50k.
The camaraderie and festive atmosphere have kept this an annual event, now in its 23rd year. More information at www.rendezvousskitrails. March 10, West Yellowstone Youth Festival, ages 3 to 15 participate in a series of fun events such as obstacle course, matched sprints, relay and speed trap. Contact Marc Sheppard, (406-646-9222) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyoming’s spring fling in the multi-event
category is also called the Pole Peddle Paddle. This event on April 6 starts with a GS race at the Jackson Hole Ski Area, which is followed by cross-country skiing, road
biking, and finally a downriver paddle on
the Snake. 307-733-6433.
Steve Hindman works as an adventure
consultant, kayak guide and ski instructor and lives in Bellingham, WA. His favorite place to ski is the Valley Trail in the
Methow Valley, WA.
Silver Star announces that it is in the process of merging with its southern
neighbor, Big White, a move that will pump new money into both the alpine and nordic operations at this weather-favoured site. Call 1-800-610-0805.
The Larch Hills Ski Club in Salmon Arm,
B.C. can be reached at www.larchhillsskiclub.bc.ca. This active club runs the annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, British Columbia's best attended race of the year.
The Mt. Washington Nordic Center, the largest on Vancouver Island and one
of Canada's premier sites, has just added a new 10,000 square foot lodge to
its operations, a significant development for Vancouver Island and for the
North American nordic industry. Mt. Washington gets 4-6 meters of snow
annually (over 9 meters two years ago)and has 55 km of groomed trail, plus
a new biathlon range. The Canadian National team trains here in May, with
spring masters camps distinctly possible in the future. Don't forget theMarch 16 Vancouver Island Loppet, 35 km, along with the April 6 event that
will end the new Coastal Cup Series.
Go to www.washington.bc.ca on the web.
Though most of this northern news has been from B.C. and the Yukon, don't
forget to support Ontario's March events: the Sibley Tour in Thunder Bay on
March 2, the Wabos Loppet at Stokely Creek on March 16.
Claude Liman teaches English at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Send him news items at email@example.com.