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4th of July Pass ski-snowshoe event cancelled

A simple dome tent structure - a work in progress -  serves as a snowshoer's shelter on the Twisted Klister trail systemat Fourth of July Pass. It's maintained by the Panhandle Nordic Club

 (Panhandle Nordic Club)
A simple dome tent structure - a work in progress - serves as a snowshoer's shelter on the Twisted Klister trail systemat Fourth of July Pass. It's maintained by the Panhandle Nordic Club (Panhandle Nordic Club)

WINTER SPORTS — Packed ice on trails is a safety issue throughout the region where the snow cover is especially thin. 

The 23rd annual Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe Event set for Saturday, Jan. 4, at 4th of July Pass has been canceled because of treacherously icy conditions, said Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club.

Usually the club has a plan to walk the trails for the event in the case of thin snow cover, but not this year, Harvey said today:

Glenn Truscott and Van Bennett went up to 4th of July. They reported that you can't drive or walk on the parking lot, much less the trail.  Jim, Carol and Geoff talked and decided the best thing would be to cancel Best Hand Fun Ski. Geoff and Glenn will get a sign up so that people don't even try to enter the parking lot as they may not get out. We plan to reschedule.




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