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by Roger Lohr
All Aboard for XC Skiing
Izaak Walton Inn is a rail fan’s haven. The Amtrak trains have two stops each day at the inn, which is located on the Great Northern Railway. Izaak Walton Inn was a flagstop on the Empire Builder Line and is full of historical railroad memorabilia. Accommodations include a great lodge and real cabooses that have been renovated to comfortably outfit a romantic getaway. The Kick Out the Kinks – Huckleberry Hustle Weekend will be December 7 and 8 with free lessons, demos, ski Frisbee and races. Huckleberry food bars, muffins and other treats. The inn borders Glacier National Park and guided tours are available. (406) 888-5700 or on the Web at www.izaakwaltoninn.com.
Alaska Ski for Women
Women in Anchorage, Alaska have got something brewing on Super Bowl Sunday, January 26th with the Alaska Ski for Women a fund raiser day of races. Last year 1,500 females participated and raised $80,000 for a local charity. They have partner categories that add together race times for placement in either classic or freestyle such as mother-daughter, relatives, or friends. For more information, www.alaskaskiforwomen.org or (907) 345-1913.
Sun Valley’s Boulder Mountain Tour
On Saturday, February 1st the 32 kilometer Boulder Mountain Tour begins at Galena Lodge (outside of Sun Valley, Idaho). The course is gently rolling and drops 1,000 feet over its 20-mile length. It ends at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area HQ just north of Ketchum. There will be bus transport back to the start. Approximately 1,000 skiers enter this race. Enter online at www.bouldermountaintour.com or call (800) 634-3347.
The following day on Sunday, February 2nd is the Backwards Boulder and XC Ski Festival at Galena Lodge, which is the Boulder Mountain Tour in reverse (that’s 20 miles uphill). The 9th annual festival features equipment demonstrations and ski clinics. Factory teams will be attending and relay races, children’s adventure course, and prize raffles will be held.
Call (208) 726-4010.
Tubbs Takes on Cancer in the West
Tubbs Snowshoe Company has announced a new national event series for both women and men in North America, the 2003 Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer. This series will benefit local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tubbs will help bring awareness of this program by using hang tags and in-store signage on all women’s snowshoe products. The Romp series will be held in the west at Salt Lake City, Utah on February 1; Portland, Oregon on February 22; Seattle, Washington on March 1 and Denver, Colorado on March 15. For more details call (800) 882-2748
Learn about Avalanches
The Alpine Avalanche Institute offers courses in avalanche safety throughout the west from December through February. Level I and Level II courses will be held in locations such as Jackson, Wyoming, Taos, New Mexico, Alta, Utah and others.
For a full schedule see www.avalanchecourse.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 733-3315.
Lone Mountain for Kids
The staff at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana has coordinated a new Kids Program with activities for the full day including lessons, sledding, snow cave building, tubing, racing workshops, obstacle course, arts and crafts, etc. It will be based out of the Lone Mountain Discovery Center. And Lone Mountain announced 25% early season discounts off regular lodging rates on December 9-21. For more info call (800) 514-4644.
Midwest XC Ski Bible
For in-depth news about cross country skiing on public and commercial trails in the midwest including news about ski products, go to www.skinnyski.com.
Weekly Gourmet Glide at Garland
Every Saturday, skiers can gorge themselves at Garland Resort in Lewiston, Michigan on easy trails in a 10 kilometer Nordic ski tour to five food stations. It starts in the morning with a breakfast stop in the main lodge topped off with mimosas. The favorite station is the trout camp, where skiers go ice fishing and have their catch filleted and cooked for them right there at the camp. It’s a great group outing, where 75% of the participants are novice skiers, but all feel like experts in the eating department. There is a limit to the number of participants, so call to reserve your space at (877) 442-7526 or on the Web www.garlandusa.com.
Justin Trails Welcomes Daughters
Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, Wisconsin will be hosting a “Take Your Daughter to the Snow” event during the week of January 27-February 2 this winter. This national snow industry grassroots event promotes girls’ and women’s participation in snow sports. Justin Trails will offer a 2 for 1 package, which includes trail passes and free lessons. Overnight guests at the lodge get free rental equipment to use. Kids can go dog sledding with two huskies, which offers a great photo op for parents. For a complete list of Daughter’s Week participating resorts and trails see www.daughterweek.com and for more info about Justin Trails Resort call (800) 488-4521 or on the Web www.justintrails.com.
North American Telemark Organization
In the cross country ski world, NATO means learning how to telemark turn. There are workshops, adventures and instructors courses scheduled all winter long (from November through April) up and down the east coast from West Virginia to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. They also have scheduled events in Minnesota and Alaska. For more info email email@example.com or call (800) 835-3404 or on the Web at www.telemarknato.com.
New Nordic Center Opens at Bretton Woods
At the southern base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire lies Bretton Woods. Its new Nordic center now has convenient parking and will house the ski school, rental equipment, warming and waxing rooms and a new Swix Concept Store that offers the entire line of Swix clothing, waxes, and accessories. The Bretton Woods Mountain Resort features 62 miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, including several with snowmaking capabilities. The grand hotel is a visit to old New England and the five-mile downhill run on the Mountain Road Trail at the alpine ski area across the road (requires a ride on the ski lift) are not to be missed. (603) 278-3320 or on the Web www.brettonwoods.com.
Green Mountain High
Blueberry Hill in Goshen, Vermont has finished work on the Romance Trail, which at 3,100 feet is claimed to be the highest groomed trail in Vermont. This cozy inn, tucked away in the mountains above Middlebury, was also recently awarded “Green Hotel” signification after passing a rigorous inspection for environmental stewardship by the Green Hotel Association. The association, which encourages, promotes and supports the “greening” of the lodging industry, rewards properties whose management institutes programs that save water and energy and reduce solid waste. (802) 247-6735.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort for Families
Many areas talk the family game, but Smugglers’ Notch Resort in northern Vermont delivers at its Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center. The Mom or Dad and Me lessons match an instructor with a parent and a child who want to learn to Nordic ski together. The Resort also has an outdoor ice skating rink. Snowshoeing is also big at Smugglers’. Programs include the Family Snowshoe Walk, an hour long stroll through the woods; the Snowshoe Night Tour - a guided tour using headlamps on the darkened trails, and a private workout on snowshoes tailored to the individual guest’s goals and interests. Group cross country ski lessons are included in the resort’s Club Smugglers’ package. For more info, (800) 451-8752 or www.smuggs.com.
Tubbs Takes on Cancer in the East
Tubbs Snowshoe Company’s new national event series for both women and men in North America, the 2003 Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer will kicke off on January 25 at Stratton Mountain Resort in Stratton, Vermont. This series will benefit local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tubbs will help bring awareness of this program by using hangtags and in-store signage on all women’s snowshoe products. For more details call (800) 882-2748 or www.tubbssnowshoes.com.
New England Telemark Festivals
New England Telemark is an organization of telemark instructors and enthusiasts dedicated to the growth of telemark skiing. Each of the festivals will feature free clinics for skiers of all ability levels. And there will be a special “cross over” clinic for alpine skiers wishing to try telly. Festivals will be held January 11 and 12 at Sunday River, Bethel, Maine on February 1 and 2 at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and April 5 and 6 in Stowe, Vermont.
For more information www.netelemark.com or (603) 356-8177.
XC Skiing in Maryland
For skiers in the metro areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Washington DC one of the closest xc ski areas that offers groomed cross country ski trails is New Germany State Park in Grantsville, Maryland. There are seven miles of snowcat groomed trails, extensive acreage of backcountry skiing and rental ski equipment. Allegany Expeditions runs the operation. For more info, call toll free (800) 819-5170 or on the Web see www.alleganyexpeditions.com
The Grand Challenge at Windsor Park
Windsor Park Nordic Center in Winnipeg will award a season pass to the first skier to ski 1,000 kilometers at Windsor Park this season. There is also a Kids Challenge open to skiers 17 years of age or younger, where prizes will be awarded based on the amount of time spent skiing each month. The Windsor Park Nordic Center is located along the Seine Rive in Winnipeg.
(204) 986-3006 or 3029.
Camps and Demos
Silver Star Mountain Resort in Silver Star, British Columbia is hosting the Fischer Swix Cross Country Ski Camps between November 15 and December 8. The camps include accommodations, meals, coaching, demo equipment and a souvenir item. Weekend tune up programs start at $495 and five-day programs start at $1,095 (both Canadian). The special “Demo Days & Waximania” event will be held November 19-23 in the Silver Star Village Center. For more info check www.silverstar.com or call (250) 542-0224.
The Mother Lode of Nordic Skiing Information
In Canada, each province has an organization that offers in-depth information, lists of local clubs, race schedules, events, and much more:
Ontario – www.xco.org
Saskatchewan – www.crosscountrysask.ca
Manitoba – www.ccski.mb.ca
Hardwood Hills Demo Days
There will be a free equipment and product demo at Hardwood Hills XC Ski Centre in Oro Station, Ontario on January 11th. Many of the major Nordic ski brands will be offering products to try. For more info call (800) 387-3775 or on the Web at www.hardwoodhills.ca.