Posts tagged: Panhandle Nordic Club
WINTER SPORTS — Snowshoers and cross-country skiers have some decent opportunities this week at Fourth of July Pass. Here's today's grooming report from Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club:
Glen Truscott and I groomed a good deal of the Area today. The Inner Loop has some good stretches of snow now packed with track set, but there are icy spots in a few places and a bare patch on the Swoop. The good snow is up the Twisted Klister (Snowshoeing) and Skywalker - Moonrunner (FSR 614) (skking) especially above Skateaway on this latter route their is a foot plus of snow with only a few thin places out to Rose Saddle. Unfortunately, somebody circumvented the berm IDT built at the bottom and drove the length of the road to Rose Creek Saddle and a ways down Skateaway where the gate was opened.. Glenn and I did our best to reduce the ruts but it will take either a snowfall, not predicted until next week at the earliest or grooming with the scarifier that will redistribute the snow. We will attempt to get this done next Friday (1/24). Grooming is in place along the route and tracks set,. The gate is now closed so no additional damage is anticipated. This snow above Skateway is better than any I saw at Palouse Divide this weekend.
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.
WINTER SPORTS — Members of the Panhandle Nordic Club put up a Snowshoe Hut on Twisted Klister System this week. A wood stove soon will be installed.
The snow is still thin, but the it's good to know shelter is there for the winter days ahead.
WINTER SPORTS — Skiing conditions are great at Fourth of July Pass sport trails for the holiday weekend. All nordic trails have been groomed and are in especially prime condition for skaters.
Here's today's report from Panhandle Nordic Club president Geoff Harvey:
Skip Truscortt and I groomed today, concentrating on Skywalker above Skateaway, Moonrunner and thye Eagle Run. With last Thursday 's groom of lower Skywalker, Havin. Fun, the Swoop, High Road, Elderberry to the benches and Skateway alomost all groomed runs are groomed. Havin Fun, The Swoop, High Road, Skateaway, Skywalker and Moonrunner are all groomed for skating. With this inversion holding until Wednesday now is the time to get out there skaters.
Put away that garden seed catalog. Cross-country ski areas are enjoying the season’s best snow conditions.
Mount Spokane: New snow has accumulated every day this week with temperatures largely in the teens and 20s. XCers in most of the world would die for these conditions.
Tauber Angus Ranch: “We had 14 inches of new snow earlier this week and I’m wondering how to get word out to people that the skiing is fantastic,” said Cassie Tauber, operations manager of the working cattle ranch. Family members who love to ski groom miles of trails about 12 miles north of Sandpoint.
“Our trails are more gentle than a lot of areas, great for families, and we have a yurt,” she said.
Info: (208) 263-6400.
4th of July Pass: Enough snow has accumulated for gates to be closed, barring vehicles, and for groomers to pack miles of trails.
“I welcome a good late winter and early spring ski season, if only to make up for the deficit we suffered in December and most of January,” said Geoff Harvey, Panhandle Nordic Club.
Methow Valley: “So much snow, so much fun,” says the email from the Methow Valley Sports Trail Association. The area near Winthrop is bustling this weekend with a winter triathlon hot-air balloon festival.
WINTER SPORTS — The Panhandle Nordic Club's annual Best Hand Ski and Snowshoe fund-raising event will go as scheduled on Saturday regardless of the snow conditions at Fourth of July Pass.
Current conditions are NOT for skis or snowshoes, the club reports. Expect ice and maybe some mud.
CLEATS ARE ADVISED. Unless a miracle provides some snow.
But the cause is good. The club maintains the facilities and coordinates the grooming for the trails at the pass.
NORDIC SKIING — The Panhandle Nordic Club will hear a program by John Latta of the Stevens Peak Backcountry Coalition at its Dec. 6 meeting, 7 p.m., at the Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station just east of Coeur d'Alene.
The meeting also is the club's cookie exchange night.
Other news from the club:
Fourth of July Pass doesn't have enough snow for skiing, but Lookout Pass does.
The Best Hand Fun Ski will be on Free Ski Day, Jan. 7, at Fourth of July Pass.. Ten main prizes will be awarded built around outdoor recreation. Some of these prizes include trips or events hosted by Nordic Club members. Everyone will receive 5 cards, but they will be able to turn in two of their cards and purchase two more cards for $1 each.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING — The Panhandle Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club will discuss what needs to be done to continue developing and grooming the ski trails at Fourth of July Pass when it meets for this week.
The club's first meeting of the season will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 1) in the U.S. Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station (around the back and down stairs) at 2502 E. Sherman, Coeur d'Alene.
All interested persons are welcome!
WINTER SPORTS — Snowshoeing past and present will be the topic of the free program Tuesday at the Panhandle Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger
District office, 2500 E. Sherman in Fernan Village. Park in the back lot and walk down the stairs to the meeting room.
WINTER SPORTS — The Panhandle Nordic Club's annual Rock Soup event is set for Saturday at Fourth of July Pass nordic trails Panhandle Hut. Although the snow is thin on the trails, there's plenty for skiing.
“The ski up Skywalker from Skateway to Twisted Klister and beyond is great,” said club spokesman Geoff Harvey, after checking out the trails this weekend.
A few places weren't so good. Read on for Harvey's full report.
WINTER SPORTS — You have to love the spirit of the Panhandle Nordic Club and the volunteers who have helped develop the Fourth of July Pass ski and snowshoe trails.
They help maintain the trails. They bake cookies to give to the I-90 snowplow drivers as a thanks for plowing a wider parking area at the pass. They’ve made maps of the area available on their website. They organize trips, programs and events and much more, including tending to several shelters at the pass for all to enjoy.
The latest is a snowshoers’ hut on the Twisted Klister trail system. “It’s still a work in progress,” said club stalwart Geoff Harvey. “It needs at least one more tarp, a door system and the stove installed.”
But it’s getting there.
“On Friday, its snowed all day at the site, leaving a wet three new inches of snow on about a foot and a half,” he reported, noting that the warm rains that followed would certainly have eroded some of that base.
NORDIC SKIING — Fourth of July Pass cross-country ski trails should be in shape for skiing by the end of this week, according to Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club.
Forest Service crews were out clearing blowdowns off the trails Monday and a groomer should be out on Wednesday and Friday, he said.
Farragut State Park grooming is likely to begin in time for this weekend.
By the way, the club will meet on Dec. 7 at the Forest Service Fernan Ranger Station for a meeting, including a film on skiing tips.
Most important, they’ll have a cookie exchange. It’s a fun way to exchange of your favorite cookies for another type, but some of the treats are skimmed off to give to the road plowing crews as a thank you for the time they devote to clearing the parking area for skiers at Fourth of July Pass.