Regional Report 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
by Roger Lohr
Kirkwood’s for Night Owls Too
For winter nighttime outings, Kirkwood Cross Country in California is featuring full moon ski and snowshoe tours on December 21, January 18, February 15 and March 15. On other evenings, Kirkwood’s Night Walking program offers snowshoes and a headlamp for people to wander around and gaze at the stars in the Sierra Mountains. For daylight specials on weekends, Kirkwood offers free skating introduction with equipment to use and a introductory lesson. The Soup and Shoe guided snowshoe hikes to the area’s exceptional views are followed by a cup of hearty soup and bread are scheduled
for 4 days this winter. Call for details (209) 258-7248.
Ski For Yourself Camps for Women
Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado is hosting a Ski For Yourself Camp for women cross country skiers on December 12-15. The program is run by women for women and designed to be fun and challenging for all ages and abilities. One package includes lodging, meals, instruction, ski care clinics, equipment demo, yoga classes, and more. www.ski4yourself.com or (303) 499-0436.
Royal Gorge Offers New Programs
Royal Gorge XC Resort in Soda Springs, California features 300 km of trails. Activities planned at Royal Gorge include Skiing to the Huts, a naturalist guided snowshoe tour (Jan. 26th), ski jouring, ski orienteering, and Daughters Day (Feb 2nd). This year’s new offerings include free skiing for people 75 or older, the Mom & Me package, which discounts a trail pass and pulk to pull a small child, and Yoga for Skiing gatherings in March specifically designed for skiers. For more information visit www.royalgorge.com or call (530) 426-3871.
Looking for Inner Harmony?
The Inner Harmony Yoga Retreat Center in Brian Head, Utah is a nationally acclaimed yoga program with world-class instructors, a variety of accommodations and gourmet food. Cross country ski and snowshoe equipment and lessons are available to experience winter outdoor activities in this picturesque part of southern Utah. Accommodations range from a yurt to a shared room or a luxurious private room. The Center caters to people with specific dietary restrictions. www.innerharmonyyoga.com or (800) 347-5633.
Bear Valley Overnights
Bear Valley Cross Country offers its Winter Nordic Hostel with 10 beds where skiers must bring their own towels and sleeping bags to experience a shared room, bath, living area and kitchen just like the old days back at school. A private room for four people is also available. For more information call Bear Valley at (209) 753-2834.
Auburn Club Trains Nordic Skiers
The Auburn Ski Club is a non-profit club dedicated to promoting ski sports in a modern training center on Donner Pass near Lake Tahoe, California. Programs are available for children and high level coaching and training teams for junior athletes. The club programs include adult clinics, citizen racers, biathlon and ski jumping. For more info see www.auburnskiclub.org or call (530) 426-3313.
Way Up North, Boundary Country Trekking
Since 1978, Boundary Country Trekking has been leading skiers, snowshoers and dog sledders into the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area on adventures in northern Minnesota. Winter enthusiasts can make their way to Boundary Country Trekking yurts or stay in secluded accommodations at the Little Ollie Lake Cabin or the new Poplar Creek Guesthouse. They also lead lodge-to-lodge expeditions in the 180 km Gunflint Trail area.
www.littleollielodging.com or (800) 322-8327.
The yurt adventure business is up for sale (only $25,000) and more information can be found at www.boundarycountry.com/
or email at email@example.com.
The Quintessential Trail Grooming Clinic
ABR Trails in Ironwood, Michigan will host a comprehensive cross country ski trail grooming clinic with more than 120 groomers and vendors participating on January 15 and 16, 2003. There will be presentations and demonstrations on grooming techniques, safety, attachments, grooming in low snow conditions, used equipment available and more. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (906) 932-3502.
Crystal Mountain Unvails Just Four Beginners Program
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan opens its new Kinlochen Lodge at the Nordic area trailhead. The lodge has areas for retail, rentals, restaurant and lounge. Crystal’s “Just Four Beginners” program offers four lessons for $199 with graduates receiving a free season pass and free midweek equipment to rent. www.crystalmountain.com or (800) 968-7686 x4000.
Women’s Alternative to the Super Bowl
The Subaru Women’s Ski Tour will be held at the Timber Ridge Nordic Center in Traverse City, Michigan on Sunday, January 26, 2003. It’s a fun Nordic skiing and snowshoeing event for women on Super Bowl Sunday featuring a non-competitive 3k, 5k or 15k gentle tour, which is also a fundraiser for a regional Women’s Resource Center. Some men participate by dressing in drag while others watch and cheer. A Fischer demo area, wax tent and spa experience tent with treats and massage will be available. Gourmet chocolate, soup and homemade bread will be offered at the end of the tour. Demo and clinics scheduled for the day before the event and special accommodation packages including facials, massages, manicures or pedicures are available at the Grand Traverse Resort. For prices and more details: www.womensskitour.com or call (231) 929-7775.
Great Lakes Nordic Ski Areas and Subaru Team Up
On January 12th, participating areas in the Great Lakes Region will conduct the Subaru Adventure Day with free lessons and free trail passes available to skiers who take lessons. There will also be festival atmospheres at participating ski areas such as Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Forbush Corners and Crystal Mountain XC. Subaru will offer test drives at many of the areas, too. For more info see www.skicrosscountry.org or call (231) 271-6314.
Seniors Silver Streak Week in the Great Lakes
On January 13-17 anyone 55 or older can take advantage of free or discounted trail passes, equipment rentals and ski lessons. There will be refreshments also available for seniors at the participating resorts. For more info see www.skicrosscountry.org or call (231) 271-6314.
Pound the Calories in the Great Lakes
On March 3rd the Great Lakes Nordic Ski Council areas will host the Subaru Winter Feast Adventure. Some areas will offer trailside snack stops on a ski tour and others will feature food and refreshments in the lodge. For more info see www.skicrosscountry.org or call (231) 271-6314.
Michigan Legacy Art Park
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan has created a 30-acre land preservation outdoor art exhibit that celebrates Michigan’s history. The park offers cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Exhibits outline historical, social and geographic points of interest including a stockade and maze with artifacts from colonial times. For more information visit www.crystalmountain.com or call (800) 968-7686.
The Nation’s Longest XC Ski Trail Tour
The Catamount Trail Tour along the length of Vermont on the 300-mile. Catamount Trail will begin on Thursday, January 30, 2003 at the Massachusetts border and end on Saturday, March 1, 2003 at the Canadian border in the north. Most skiers join the tour for portions of the trail, where they can encounter unbroken wilderness conditions, snowmobile trails, or groomed trails at Nordic ski center sites. The entire tour requires at least intermediate skiing skills, but there are sections that are easy, too. For information on the Web see www.catamounttrail.org or call (802) 864-5794.
More of Maine Kids Can Ski Free
Maine’s WinterKids Passport program for 5th graders will be extended to 6th and 7th graders this winter, giving 53,000 kids the chance to ski free all winter long. There are 14 Maine cross country ski areas participating in the program, which offers 5th graders three free days at each of the areas. Sixth graders get two free days at each area and seventh graders get one free day respectively. Call for more information (207) 761-3774.
A Touch of Finland in the Adirondacks
Lapland Lake XC Ski & Vacation Center in Northville, New York features a touch of Finland from the food, and the two resident reindeer, to the Finnish woodburning sauna and children’s games. Napa Kikku is great entertainment for kids at Lapland Lake on the weekends, where they play on a sled attached to a long pole to run circles on a frozen pond. Lakeside campfires are also popular with family lodgers and night skiers. (518) 863-4974 or www.laplandlake.com
Sunday River Treasure Hunt
Sunday River XC Ski Center in Bethel, Maine is initiating a season-long Letterbox program, whereby skiers seek a box located in different hiding places along the Sunday River trails each week. Hints are given for skiers to find the hidden treasures that are stowed in the box. Skiers will keep their own logs and use their own stamps to sign each weekly letterbox log sheet. The fun starts on December 29th, and is planned to coincide with the GPS Scramble, an early season scavenger hunt orchestrated at Sunday River. The ski area has also scheduled Nordic Cruising Demo Days for people to try the Fischer Cruiser skis on Dec. 21, Feb 1 and Mar 1. The Tubbs Winter Adventure Day is set for January 18th offering free snowshoe demos, guided tours, and product raffles. (207) 824-2410.
Viking Nordic Comes Out at Night
Open since 1970, Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry, Vermont is one of the oldest Nordic ski centers in the United States. A three-kilometer section of the trail is lit for night skiing, which is open to the public but can also be rented for 3-hour parties. Local kids call one section of the trail, which is lit with lanterns the Tunnel of Love. More info at www.vikingnordic.com or (802) 824-3933.
Jackson Ski Tour Foundation Announces Free Goodies
The village of Jackson, New Hampshire supports cross country skiing and 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 along 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. Visit www.jacksonxc.org (603) 383-9355 or email email@example.com
New England Women Ski Day
The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) is bringing its New England Women’s Ski event to Bretton Woods Nordic in New Hampshire this winter on Sunday, February 2nd. This all day event is geared to first time skiers and Women who want to improve their skiing. It offers seminars, clinics, and a demo about Nordic ski equipment, clothing and technique. For more info or to register call NENSA at www.nensa.net or Bretton Woods Nordic (603)228-3322.
New England Marathon Series for the Recreational Skier
The New England Marathon Series conducted by NENSA has incorporated a Touring Class into each of the races on the schedule at Craftsbury Common, VT on February 1st, Rangely Loppet in Maine on March 1st, and the Great Glen to Bretton Woods Adventure on March 9th. For more info call NENSA at www.nensa.net or (802) 849-2270.
Unlimited Terrain in Callaghan Country
The outdoor adventure playground north of Vancouver and west of Whistler called Callaghan Country features more than 8,000 acres of high alpine terrain, unlimited ski touring, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Guests of the Callaghan Backcountry Lodge are transported to a variety of terrain options including mountains, old growth forest and alpine meadows via helicopter, snowmobile or snowcat. There is a 3-day Nordic technique tune up clinic scheduled for November 15-17, a 2-day recreational avalanche course December 13-15 and January 10-12 and a backcountry travel clinic scheduled for April. More info at www.callaghancountry.com or call (604) 938-0616.
Get the Spa Treatment at The Hills Health Ranch
Every afternoon the Hills Health Ranch in 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia offers 90-minute guided tours of the ski trails. Longer tours can be arranged. Also available dog sledding, tubing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Inside services include massage, herbal wrap, hydrotherapy, reflexology, indoor pools, saunas, fitness center, professionally instructed fitness classes, lounges and gourmet restaurants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250) 791-5225.
Trail Grooming Seminar in British Columbia
Meet the pros of the grooming and track-setting world and get tips from the experts. On December 9th and 10th a Grooming Seminar program will be hosted by the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club at the Sovereign Lake Provincial Park and Silver Star Ski Resort. Welcome reception on Sunday evening, December 8, accommodations, seminars and trade show at Silver Star Club Resort, on snow sessions, demos and lessons at Sovereign Lake. Snowmobile and snowcat grooming will both be featured. For more info see www.sovereignlake.com or call (877) 768-5253.
New Warming Huts at Stokely Creek
Stokely Creek in Goulais River, Ontario now has four new warming huts on the 135 km trail network. They’re worth skiing to for the great panoramic views from the huts. New trails to King Mountain and Robertson Lake Cliffs also reward skiers with great views from up high. Check the Web site for scheduled guided ski tours this winter. (888) STOKELY or www.stokelycreek.com
Mont Sainte Anne, Canada’s Premier Cross Country Ski Area
Only 30 minutes from Quebec City, the walled city with terrace cafes, restaurants, boutiques and an old world setting, Mont Sainte Anne is a picturesque, diverse network of trails known for exceptional snow conditions. The Nordic facility boasts 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
Gatineau Park See Most Nordic Skiers
There are almost 150,000 visits annually registered at Gatineau Park cross country ski trail network in Chelsea, Quebec. It has nearly 200 kilometers of trails, eight shelters with wood stoves and picnic tables and eight overnight ski shelters. The park trail fees are low and the trails are accessible from 16 parking lots. Ski Fest will be held in January with an intro-to-skiing course and a historical exhibit on skiing. More info at www.canadacapital.gc.ca or call (800) 465-1867.