Cross-Country Ski: Bechtel Shelter (all abilities welcome inc. total beginners)

This is a relatively easy trip from Gold Lake Sno Park to Bechtel Shelter, about 5 miles. 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. I am also posting this trip to the Eugene 20s and 30s Group.

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, about five miles. 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 Bechtel Shelter that does have an open sided hut with a wood stove. There is an outhouse at the parking lot but not at the shelter. 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/tkeUpz

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

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. I like dark chocolate by the way.

--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 about $20 (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. We also have the option of a short stop at McReedie Hot Springs on the way back. Please say in comments if you are interested in either of these.

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

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

Hey Sandor, get the conversation started!

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  • Christine N.

    It was a great ski trip! Beautiful weather; Only rained on the ride home.

    February 23, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Looks like it will just be Ted and I. We will meet at 9am to head on up to ski! FUN! See you then Ted.

    February 22, 2014

  • Dave P.

    I will have to pass this time. Today was way less than productive for me. I have to take care of stuff arround my house. Hope those that do go have a blast!

    February 22, 2014

  • Bikenbounce

    With the nice weather today after the recent storms, I am sure that track will be set for tomorrow, making it a speedy ski. However, it's unknown how today's sun might lead to a crust. Since the area is well treed, I am going to say this should be minimal. I have studded tires and a roofrack if anyone wants to carpool up.

    February 22, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Good people. I have been trying hard to recover from a sinus infection all week and am starting to get better. But as I am writing this it is 11:15am Saturday morning, less than 24 hours before our scheduled departure. I am still not feeling well and it would not be responsible of me to gake this trip. If I am not mistaken, Christine and Bikenbounce, you are both newish to the group, is that correct? Do either of you feel confident enough to lead? Alternatively, Dave, do you have any update on your situation? I know you would do fine leading the way.

    February 22, 2014

  • Dave P.

    I may come, I have to see how my various projects go today. I will try to update tonight
    -Dave

    February 22, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Do we still go if there is only two people?

    February 21, 2014

    • Christine N.

      I would love to stop at McCredie Hot Springs for a soak. Although I do have plans to be at Sam Bonds for the Sunday night music.

      February 21, 2014

    • Sandor L.

      Yes, will message you.

      February 21, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Hi Sandor, I will plan on attending after I ask my sister if Daisy can spend the day with her. I'm excited to ski!!
    I have a truck w/out 4 wheel drive and no chains, but could probably find some to borrow or buy if necessary.

    February 20, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Christine, some organizers allow dogs but I do not. We met some people on a trip last week who brought their dog. The dog cut a paw on someone's ski and had to follow them the whole time with a bleeding paw.

    February 20, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Hi all, I just joined your group and would really like to go. Haven't skiied in a few years but I'm sure it will all come back to me. Are dogs ever invited on these trips?

    February 20, 2014

  • Monica O.

    I am still recovering from bunion surgery and hope you will be doing more of these later in the season.

    February 18, 2014

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