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New Meetup: Cross Country Ski: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort Beginner and Intermedia

From: laura in the w.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:18 PM

Announcing a new Meetup for The Sacramento Hiking Meetup Group!

What: Cross Country Ski: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort Beginner and Intermedia
When: Sunday, March 4,[masked]:30 AM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Sunsplash Park n' Ride (near Shell gas station)
1813 Taylor Rd
Roseville, CA 95661


Cross Country Ski: Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Resort Beginner and Intermediate.
March 4, 2012
Meeting Time
Roseville Sunsplash



Donations of $1 will go towards Sierra Ski for Light, a group I work with guiding blind/partially sighted cross country skiers and snowshoers.
Make a copy of the driving directions.

EVERYONE ON THIS TRIP CAN GO WHERE THEY WANT TO (you can organize your selves into groups) OR you can ski with the organizer ( I have a route planned already that will take us through some green runs) while the beginners  take a lesson from 10:-11:30. noon. At 11:30, we will eat lunch in the lodge (the lodge has good food or you can bring your own food). OR IF YOU PLANNED TO HEAD OFF IN YOUR OWN GROUP- EAT OUT ON THE TRAIL OR AT A WARMING HUT. After lunch we will continue skiing till about 3 or 3:30. Note: If all the people in your car pool want to stay longer, Tahoe Donner closes at 5 PM.


Costs: Beginner Package; which includes equipment rental, a lesson, and a trail pass is: $49.

A trail pass is $25, Rentals are $22.

Contact Person: Laura Woods
[masked] or [address removed]
Use cell number the day of the event:[masked]
Plan to leave Sunsplash at about
7:45. Drive time is about 1 ½ +  hours; depending upon how fast you go.

You will self carpool as you will meet the event organizer at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski area. . Note: I will be inside the Tahoe Donner Lodge at
9:15, to help beginners through the process of getting trail passes/renting equipment, and where lessons meet.
Leave from the carpool location at


 Take interstate 80 to Truckee to the Donner State Park Exit, number 184. . At the  stop sign, turn left onto Donner Pass Road, going over the freeway. Travel east one-half mile to stoplight. Turn left onto Northwoods Boulevard and go about 3. 8 miles. (Northwoods Blvd will head up a hill and at the top you will find a stop sign; go straight at the stop sign: This is still Northwoods.  )Watch for signs to Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area.  (If you get to the Downhill Ski area signs, you have gone too far). Turn right on Fjord which dead ends in .1 of a mile. Turn left on Alder Creek. The Cross Country Ski area will be on your left in about .2 of a mile. Park in the parking lot. I will be waiting for everyone in the lodge. Look for the 57 year old lady in the purple shirt. (Me, Laura).

Physical Address:
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee

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 Cross Country Ski  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


Remember to pay your driver $4 per hour of drive time.


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