Green Level Cross Country Ski: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort

  • January 13, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Green Level  Cross Country Ski: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort
January 13, 2013
Meeting Time 8 AM
Roseville Sunsplash
Description: this is for striding or classical cross country – in the tracks .

This is for those who can go down an advanced green run- in other words for those who can do any level of green runs AND for those who can be out most of the day, till around 3ish, with breaks.  We will be heading down to the Euer Valley, where our most advanced green run will be heading down into the valley. Then we will be exploring all sorts of green runs out in the Euer Valley, having lunch at the Cookhouse-  YOU MUST HAVE CASH IF YOU WANT TO BUY SOMETHING THERE OR BRING YOUR OWN FOOD!!! They sell drinks, hot chocolate, deserts, sandwiches, and some type of hot soup/chili. Note that every thing (food. and so on. ) is brought into the Cookhouse via snowmobile. They do have a small woodstove there to heat up the place, and an outside outhouse. After lunch we will head out for some more green runs. Note that at one end of the Euer Valley there is a warming hut where we will take a break, when we get to it. We will leave the Euer Valley around 2ish. Route will be determined via me. I plan to be back to the main lodge/parking area by 3ish.

THIS EVENT IS NON SMOKING.

SIGN UPS ARE ALL FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

Make a copy of the driving directions.  

Turn right onto Taylor Road. Make a right onto Eureka and make a immediate right onto Highway 80 heading east. You will go up 80 about 80 miles to Exit 184, which is Donner Pass Road. Take a left at the stop sign onto Donner Pass Road. At a half a mile you will turn Left onto Northwoods Blvd. You will head up Northwoods; going straight at the only stop sign on NOrthwoods.  After 3.8 miles on Northwoods, you will turn right onto Fjord Rd (there are signs here pointing to Tahoe Donner Cross Country, do not go to the ski resort!). You will go one tenth of a mile to a stop sign. Turn left onto Alder Creek Rd. Go three tenths of a mile, 15275 ALDER CREEK RD.or Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is on your left. There is a big sign.

Donation of $1 will go to Ski for Light, and organization that quides partially sighted and blind cross country skiers and snow shoers. I volunteer with them days each year. They will be collected at the event


Costs:
$26 for a trail pass. To rent equipment the cost is $23 at the resort.

Contact Person: Laura Woods
[masked] or [masked]
Use cell number the day of the event:[masked]
Plan to leave Sunsplash at about
8:15. Drive time is about 1 1/2 hours WITHOUT CHAIN CONTROLS.
You will self carpool as you will meet the event organizer at the Tahoe Donner . Note: I will be at the Tahoe Donner Lodge at
9:30, inside the lodge. I will be the long gray haired lady with a purple  top on.
Leave from the carpool location at 8:15.
 
You may need chains if it is snowing up here. IF SOMEONE HAS A FOUR WHEEL DRIVE, PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN YOU RSVP! If it is snowing, note that it will take longer to get up here.

 

IF THE FORECAST IS FOR CLEAR WEATHER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO COME UP TO Tahoe Donner WITH TWO WHEEL DRIVE.
If the forecast is for SNOW: BRING CHAINS!! UNLESS YOU HAVE A FOUR WHEEL/All Wheel
  Why Bringing Chains:
1. Chains cost a lot more up here

Make sure to bring winter appropriate clothing- not all your downhill ski gear like bibs and jackets. One gets really warm cross country skiing, just like one does when hiking. Best to bring layers, so you can peal them off as needed, and some type of lightweight water resistant jacket.

 The following is from the Royal Gorge website.
Clothing: The trick is to be both snug and stylish; and the key word is "layering." You want to retain warmth while allowing perspiration to evaporate. To do this, you need to wear the right fabrics (synthetics or light wool); make sure they leave you room to stretch; and use light layers so you can take off outer garments as you warm up, then slip them on again if there's wind or snow.
Light layers let you trap warm air between them, and zippers help control the amount of warmth. If it looks like a really chilly day, try synthetic long johns, socks, and turtleneck; then fleece pants and pullover; and finally wind-resistant but breathable pants and jacket. In most conditions, you'll need just two insulating layers.
Avoid heavy clothing like heavy sweaters, down parkas, and downhill ski suits, which trap heat while constricting your freedom of movement. And don't wear jeans or cotton socks! Cotton acts like a sponge for snow or perspiration. It actually accelerates chilling, while the right synthetics "wick" moisture away the skin and on through the next layer.
Here are a few more tips:
? Make sure your boots are snug but not tight.
* Wear light weight gloves if your hands get cold easily, use gloves if you want good control of ski poles -- but don't ski barehanded!
* If you're cold, put on a hat. You can lose over half your body heat from a bare head.
* Carry a small pack with a few extra clothes, snacks, and water bottle.
* Don't have sunscreen and sunglasses in your pack -- use them

 


Medium snow cancels this event.
Remember to pay your driver $3 per hour of drive time.

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  • laura in the w.

    I was the only one who came, I had a great time. It was 1 degree when I got to the Lodge! High was in the mid teens.

    January 13, 2013

  • Paul D.

    Wow,,,Well I am older now but stay in good shape and have played many sports well. I would never and have never held anyone up. I think I will bow out at this point as this is not turning out to sound fun anymore.

    January 10, 2013

    • Paul D.

      I am thinking what I might do is go to Royal Gorge and do there beginner package on Sunday. I have friends wh say that place is really great an I guess they just put a lot of money in for a make over on the resort.

      1 · January 10, 2013

    • Cathy H

      I have skied there too and it is nice. See ya next time!

      January 10, 2013

  • laura in the w.

    Hi all: I want to make sure all coming read the line in the description of this trip:

    Description: this is for striding or classical cross country – in the tracks .

    This is for those who can go down an advanced green run- in other words for those who can do any level of green runs AND for those who can be out most of the day, till around 3ish, with breaks.

    If this does not fit you plese call me first at[masked]-1501. I have had down hill skiers come out on the beginner trips I have done who have taken lessons. Some find the switch from down hill to cross country skiing easy, with a lesson. Other find it harder and are not able to make the switch easily, even with a lesson behind them. WHY: 1. No edges on cross country classic skies, in the tracks. 2. Returning to snow plowing to turn, slow down, stop

    3. Narrow skis

    4. Our down hill on narrow trails, at least to what people are used on on groomed down hill runs. 5. No ski lifts, walking back up hills!

    January 9, 2013

  • laura in the w.

    This trip is not intended for rank beginners, but for those who have cross country skied beginner runs before. I was trying to let Paul know what he was in for; as downhill skiing is DIFFERENT than nordic sking. If Paul finds the switch from sports easy, or is one who picks up things quickly, he might be fine on the trip. I, on the other hand, am a boneified clutz. I take forever to learn new things athletically.

    January 9, 2013

  • Cathy H

    Sure Laura, great way to encourage beginners. LOL

    January 9, 2013

  • laura in the w.

    Paul, I hope you get usedto skis without any edges, you snow plow to slow down.

    January 9, 2013

  • Paul D.

    I have never cross country skied before but heck let's give it a try...I have done a lot of Alpine skiing before and my cardio is pretty good...I hope. Be nice to me.

    1 · January 9, 2013

    • Cathy H

      It's just hiking on skis but you get to glide and its beautiful. You'll love it.

      January 9, 2013

  • laura in the w.

    I know some have dropped out. I am going anyway! If one -5 show up or none. I have skied this by myself before, just thought it would be fun with company.

    January 9, 2013

    • Cathy H

      It's my favorite you know I'll be there unless weather changes. Count me in Laura.

      January 9, 2013

    • Cathy H

      Heck I've skied it alone on Christmas day!

      January 9, 2013

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