Posts tagged: nordic skiing
OUTGOING – The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders in trails-related efforts for the annual “state of the trails” presentations tonight (March 21) starting at 6 p.m. at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley.
This is the place for trail users to learn where they can get involved in trail projects.
Progress on the Spokane River water trail will be updated and the Washington Trails Association will detail this season’s trails maintenance projects from Spokane County to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
Lunell Haught, INTC coordinator, said the consortium of outdoor recreation and conservation groups has pulled together to encourage city and county governments to engage in regional trail planning.
The group’s vision, she said, “is a system of paths, trails and open space corridors that connect neighborhoods, community and regional parks and conservation land in our region to engage people in muscle-powered recreational and conservation opportunities, promote active transportation and preserve open space to enhance our region’s quality of life.”
WINTER SPORTS –The Chelan Ranger District is offering free cross country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area.
Trail grooming, conducted by the Lake Chelan Nordic Club, has ended for the year, but many trails still have enough snow for skiing, a U.S. Forest Service news release said Thursday.
Travelers should be prepared for snow, ice or mud on the Forest Service roads.
Info: Chelan Ranger District, (509) 682-4900.
WINTER SPORTS — Fat bikes, snow bikes…. whatever you call them, they're catching on year-round with a niche of the cycling community that's mobilizing on ballooned out tires. Get a glimpse of from the saddle in this video: What's Up With Fat Bikes?
Heres a list of top recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review:
WINTER SPORTS — The annual Langlauf cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane has equal parts of waxing anxiety, sweat, cheering, food — and a lot of hope for placing high in an age group or winning one of the many drawings for thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
It's a colorful event that attracts participants spaning 80 years of age.
Check it out in this gallery of photos I shot today while skiing the race with 244 other participants.
WINTER SPORTS — This is no time to be a couch potoato:
Winter Wildlands Backcountry Film Festival at Gonzaga University, Wed Jan. 30 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Learn more at ibackcountry.org.
WINTER SPORTS — Learn to ski with dog power in a skijoring clinic Sunday (Jan. 27), 2 p.m., at Mount Spokane State Park.
The Mt. Spokane Skijor Group will teach basic skills and etiquette for the trails that are open to skijorers at designated times twice a week.
Cost: $10, due by Thursday (Jan. 24).
Preregister: Diana Roberts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509)570-8242.
WINTER SPORTS – Sign-up is under way for an annual event known for encouraging women to take an adventurous yet enjoyable step into winter.
The Women’s Souper Bowl VIII – which includes cross-country skiing and snowshoeing activities, treats, prizes and lunch – is set for 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 3 based out of Selkirk Lodge at Mount Spokane.
Activities end in time to avoid conflict with TV’s “other” Super Bowl.
Events are open to women of all ages and athletic ability. Free snowshoe rentals and lessons are available on site; discounted cross-country ski rentals available in advance.
New this year:
• An adventurous guided snowshoe trek from the hairpin turn back to the lodge.
• Round-trip shuttles on buses sponsored by REI. Buses will pick up and return at Global Credit Union offices in downtown and in Spokane Valley, with stops at Mt. Spokane High School. Cost: $5.
Back by popular demand are the Poker Ski and the Flamingo Road snowshoe trek, both on the nordic trails from Selkirk Lodge.
Tickets: A $30 minimum suggested donation is requested for the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant for registrations received by Friday. A $10 additional fee will be requested for late registrations.
Organizers say 280 women came out for last year’s event, enabling volunteers to raise $12,872 for the Free Restaurant.
Pokorny, who developed her skills as a teenager with the Spokane Junior Nordic Ski Team, left Lewis and Clark High School to complete her senior year in Sun Valley where she trained with national-class junior skiers. She's skiing collegiately at Middlebury College and has a shot at being named to a U.S. international team.
Sadie Bjornsen, Koos and Pokorny all have the distinction of winning top female or male titles as teenagers at the annual 10K Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane.
Here's a recap of recent Spokesman-Review Outdoors stories:
WINTER SPORTS — While many skiers were enjoying the new layer of light snow and 25-degree temperatures at Mount Spokane State Park today, a group of volunteers was helping nordic skiers stay on course in the expanded cross-country trail system.
Pictured above from left, Drew Schlieder, Sam Schlieder and George Momany from Spokane Nordic Ski Association were taking down old signs on the north half of the trail system and replacing them with signs that included more than 12 kilometers of new groom trails added this season. The total groomed trails system at Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park is more than 42 kilometers.
“I'd like to be giving my skis a workout instead of riding this snowmobile,” said Momany, ” but I'm glad to be doing this (to help keep skiers stay oriented).
The new trails will be added temporarily to the old signs with a laminate since this season is a test with Inland Empire Paper Company to see how the program works to expand grooming from the state park onto private timber lands.
“We don't want to invest $1,500 in new signs until we're sure the program will continue,” Momany said.
WINTER SPORTS — Nordic skiers have plenty of options for special events or competition in the Inland Northwest.
The 35th annual Langlauf 10-kilmeter classic citizens race, set for Feb. 10 at Mount Spokane, is among the largest and all participants qualify for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Langlauf is one of four events – two classic and two freestyle – in the Selkirk Nordic Series. Participants are eligible for prizes, while the top skiers compete for bragging rights as the region’s fastest overall skier. Racers must combine scores on at least one classic and one freestyle race.
“The goal of the series is to increase participation in Nordic racing as a recreational activity for adults,” said Spokane Nordic Ski Association member Al Pokorny, who helped link the events.
The other three events are the Cougar Gulch race at Schweitzer Jan. 15, Chewelah Peak Challenge at 49 Degrees North on Feb. 2 and the series event to be held in the bustling atmosphere of the Group Health/ Providence Health Care Challenge Junior Nordic Qualifier races at Mount Spokane on Feb. 23.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and other groups around Winthrop have the most ambitious schedule of events in the region.
Read on for a long list of notable regional 2012-2013 nordic skiing events.
WINTER SPORTS — The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is opening portions of its 120-mile groomed nordic trail system to bicycles this year.
Skiers headed out on a few of the nationally celebrated nordic trails that had enough snow for grooming this week.
When more snow falls, several trails will be opened to “fat bike” enthusiasts who rely on mountain bikes with oversized low-pressure tires to keep from sinking into the snow and offer more traction.
“We are piloting fat biking with our eyes and ears wide open,” said James DeSalvo, MVSTA executive director.
“We believe we can manage fat biking use so that it has no greater impact to our trail platform than that of our traditional skiing public,” he said, adding that feedback would guide the future of the program.
Also new this year on MVSTA trails:
Fat bikes are available for rent at Methow Cycle and Sport in Winthrop. Rack adaptors are available for customers so they can transport rental fat bikes to the riding area.
Fat bike demo days are scheduled in the Methow Valley Dec. 16 and Jan. 13.
Click here for info on these and other Methow Valley events.
Click here for the MVSTA grooming report.
Read on for the guidelines MVSTA has established for snow biking on the trail system:
In case you missed them, here are some of the top outdoors stories published in The Spokesman-Review Sunday and today:
NORDIC SKIING — The Forest Service has moved a popular skiers cabin at Chief Joseph Pass to the the agency's nationwide rental system and started charging a fee, but officials compromised and lowered the overnight rental rate from $20 to $9 for this season after a protest by disgruntled members of the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club.
The club spent nearly two decades developing the cross-country ski trails in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, and in 2001, raised $100,000 to build the Gordon Reese Cabin at Chief Joseph Pass. They felt betrayed when the Forest Service denied them free access to the cabin.
See the story by the Ravalli Republic: USFS relents a bit on cabin rental in Montana national forest
BACKCOUNTRY SKIING — Montana skiers who've volunteered to maintain a ski-in cabin near Chief Joseph Pass say they're insulted the Forest Service is putting the cabin on the national reservation system.
The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will no longer offer its services to operate and maintain the Gordon Reese Cabin they donated to the U.S. Forest Service at Chief Joseph Pass in 2001, according to a story in the Ravalli Republic.
The announcement came days after the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest supervisor signed a decision that officially put the cabin on the national online reservation list.
Club members have maintained that the cabin was built with the understanding that it would remain open and free to the public in the winter months. They claim the agency’s move to rent it is violation of that original agreement, the Republic reports.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING – Spokane Nordic members are recruiting volunteers to help trim branches and clear the sprawling cross-country ski trail system at Mount Spokane before the snow flies.
The first of the club’s annual Trail Days is scheduled for Saturday, July 21.
Others Trail Day efforts are set for Aug. 12, Sept. 8, Sept. 16, Oct. 6 and Oct. 21.
Volunteers meet at the Selkirk Lodge at 9 a.m. dressed in work clothes and equipped with gloves, lunch and other tools.
Deails: Art Bookstrom at 624-9667.
The group, as usual, is organizing a series of trail maintenace days to get things pruned and groomed and ready for snow.
The first Trail Days effort of the season is July 21 followed by other work days on Aug. 12, Sept. 8, Sept. 16, Oct 6. and Oct. 21.
Meet at the Selkirk Lodge at 9 a.m. Be dressed in work clothes and bring gloves and your lunch. Also bring hammers, sledge hammers and long-handled shovels if you have them.
Even the kids can have fun lopping alder and exploring the park in the summer!
Info: Art Bookstrom at (509) 624-9667.
Although the results haven't been fully compiled, club spokesman Brad Thiessen offered these observations of the trends:
What survey takers loved most about skiing at Mount Spokane:
The most common concerns: