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Cross-Country Ski: Gold Lake SnoPark(all abilities welcome inc. total beginners)

There was plenty of snow when we went Dec. 15 and there should be enough in mid-January. Here's your second chance.

This is a relatively easy four-mile round trip at Gold Lake Sno Park. Please read this whole post before signing up so you know what you're agreeing to. I have taught many people to ski and am happy to teach you. This trip is subject to weather and to us getting enough snow on the mountain.

If you can hike, you can probably cross country ski. You'd need about the same level of fitness for this as for a hike of the same length. Here's a Google map of the road to get to the sno park: http://goo.gl/f0PnE3

We'll start at Gold Lake Sno Park and ski to Gold Lake shelter that does have an open sided hut with a wood stove. There is an outhouse at the parking lot and at the hut we're skiing to. If people have lit the stove before our arrival, we'll have a fire to warm by and eat lunch. Here's a map of our ski trail: http://goo.gl/98Yhh3.

As this is a beginners trip, we will take the main road which is relatively flat with gradual slopes. If this is your first time, be prepared to fall. Snow is soft.

It is essential for everyone to come prepared and be safe so we can have fun in the snow. You will need to bring:

--Appropriate clothing for winter outdoors. This means dress in layers for both your torso and your legs. Make sure to have a hat or hood to keep your heat in. Wear a waterproof outer layer. Wear sunscreen. Snow reflects sunlight. DO NOT WEAR COTTON CLOTHING. YES I AM SERIOUS. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME IF YOU ARE WEARING COTTON. When cotton gets wet it stays wet and keeps you cold. Cotton kills. Wear wool or synthetic fabrics. This does not have to be anything fancy. You can buy the right gear at thrift shops or outdoor stores. You can also rent outdoor clothing from the University of Oregon Outdoor Program.

Here is a video explaining the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing for safety in the outdoors:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BD3tW0hZuM

--Bring your own skis, poles and boots with you to our meeting place. You can rent these at Berg's Ski http://bergsskishop.com/ or the University of Oregon Outdoor Program http://outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu/files/Rental-FallWinter_13.pdf. It is usually about $10 to $15 for a set of gear. They will be able to sort you out with the right size for your body. If you want to buy your own gear, you can get it at Berg's or Play It Again Sports, or find equipment online.

--Bring a whistle. This is essential outdoor gear. Many backpacks have one incorporated into a buckle. We are going to all stay together but just in case anyone gets separated, you can whistle a lot longer and a lot louder than you can yell.

--Lunch, plenty of water (I recommend two liters or more) and something to share with your new friends.

--Money to share in driving expenses ($15). Please say in your RSVP whether you have a vehicle to offer others a ride or whether you need one yourself. Drivers should have space for people and their equipment and either studded tires or chains available. A day pass at the sno park is $5 and a season pass is $25 (as of last year). It's just shy of 150 miles round trip so in keeping with the 10 cents a mile that many other outdoor groups use, please bring $15 for your driver if you need a ride to cover the gas, tires, insurance, oil changes and all the other very real expenses to get you to the mountain and back, and of course the parking pass. The IRS values driving at 56.5 cents/mile so you're getting a bargain here. We will arrange carpools on the day.

Children are welcome if they can handle something of this difficulty.

Please, no smoking and no pets.

We'll have the option of stopping at the Brewers Union pub in Oakridge on the way back http://www.brewersunion.com/. Return time is approximate.

Here's a brief introduction video to cross country skiing. There are many others online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT4U5_2xDRs

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  • Sudarshan K.

    Enjoyed it!!

    January 12, 2014

  • seho

    Great trip. Great company.

    January 12, 2014

  • Audrey

    Enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks for driving and leading Mark!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Mark

    this was a fun time with a good group of peolpe

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I couldn't make it I got really sick. I hope you all had a great time!

    January 12, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Thanks for sharing pictures. Wish I could have come. Another one like this again soon now that we have snow.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Sore throat has caught up with me and I am not feeling well. I will come meet everyone at Albertsons and send you on your way but will not be able to come skiing. Mark will lead you on the trip on the mountain. The roads are very snowy. Drivers will need studded tires or chains and some experience driving on snow.

    January 12, 2014

  • Lesley

    Just tried the boots and skis and they don't match. I should have some that are right for future trips. If anyone wants my spot, that is fine with me. I do have snowshoes although skiing would be way better. Thanks so much.

    January 12, 2014

  • Judy C.

    I'm IN !! See you all tomorrow.

    January 11, 2014

  • Kim S.

    I'm stoked for skiing tomorrow! Just picked up some skis from Bergs!

    January 11, 2014

  • Lesley

    I might have to cancel too- I think the boots I have don't fit the skis I have, but I'll check soon enough. If the person on the waitlist wants my spot, that is fine. What about snow-shoeing? i have snowshoes, although it's not as fun as skiing.

    January 11, 2014

  • Monica O.

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation. Have a great time and enjoy the snow. Hope you do this again later in the season. I won't be able to do any outdoor type activities for about 4 to 6 weeks.

    January 11, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    We had six inches of new snow this week in the mountains and Weather Channel is saying 6-10 more inches of snow at Willamette Pass today so trip is on as planned. Just called Berg's and they are renting skis. See you tomorrow.

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    There is supposed to be a big storm Friday night so I will check webcams Sat. morning to make the call on whether there is enough snow to ski. Salt Creek Falls is likely to be a risky place with ice potential. If no skiing we'll go for a hike to Eagle's Rest https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8GsfeieehKubmc1Q0pkZXVzU0k/edit?usp=sharing. It is up Goodman Creek Road off of Oregon 58 on the way to Oakridge.

    January 8, 2014

  • Monica O.

    Is it possible to hike Salt Creek Falls or is that too icey

    January 4, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Now much snow now. If not enough for skiing, we'll do a hike on the day. I will make the call with enough time for people to sort rentals.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there's not enough snow for skiing will we hike it instead?

    January 2, 2014

  • Monica O.

    I plan on attending but if I can't rent I can't go. My boots split and the boots I can rent won't' work on my skis.

    December 31, 2013

    • Sandor L.

      Just rent boots and skis together.

      December 31, 2013

    • Monica O.

      That is my plan but I know last time they wouldn't rent them out when they thought there wasn't enough snow.

      December 31, 2013

  • Kim S.

    My number is[masked], in case that's useful information for anyone else in the group!

    December 24, 2013

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