This is a beginner Cross-Country Skiing event.
We'll meet up at the Woolly Mammoth Park n' Ride Lot at 8:00 am, leave at 8:20am. Figure an hour to get to the trailhead, and then 4-5 hours skiing.
Food:--Bring some sandwiches and soup, but on the way home, you'll probably want to drop into Beaujos or Tommyknockers.
Drive to Loveland Valley ski area, exit 216.The trail takes off between the lower parking lot and the water treatment plant. It's 12 miles almost all downhill. We'll put some cars at the exits along the way and shuttle, so we don't have to stop and go back uphill. This is not a formally groomed trail, nor is it maintained--which is why it's free. It's likely we won't see anyone out there--or very few if we do.
Gear: XC Skis can be rented at REI. You also can find them on Craigslist for cheap, and on ebay. I got my skis and boots at Goodwill for $15, and paid another $20 for NEW poles. Renting them at REI is at least $15 for the weekend. Hopefully you can get as good a deal as I did.
Super-cheap Gear: Marie from this website has offered up this deal:
www.skioutabounds.com She has great used gear at low prices, and if you mention this meetup ad, you'll get an additional 10% off.
It will be quite cold, so dress accordingly. If you don't know what that means—google is your friend and you should ask questions in the conversation below. Your best weather.com comparable location will be Loveland Ski Area.
Clothing: Do not wear death-cloth (cotton). Wool is much better. The local Army/Navy sells wool pants for cheap, and this might save your life. In fact, if you don't have proper clothing, post a request to borrow stuff. I have extras, but I'm 6'4", 205. Someone will loan you stuff that you'll wash and return--we're a pretty generous group!
Survival: We are all adults responsible for ourselves, so I trust you to have full heed of the seriousness of winter adventures in the mountains.
- Download a winter survival app to your phone, such as the Marine Corp winter survival
- Carry extra phone batteries.
- Having a first aid app isn't a bad idea either.
- If you haven't gone to one of REI's free winter safety clinics, you really should.
Winter Survival Videos: Ray Mears, one of the world's leading outdoor survival experts.
By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that you are responsible for yourself and you hereby indemnify and release the owners, and all organizers from any and all liability stemming from your participation in this event.
Ten Essentials: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html
Prep for winter weather: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/winter-safety-tips
I typically carry a backpack with the following in it, (given only as example). The point is that you need to come prepared:
- Firestarter – matches, lighter, steel and magnesium, and trioxane.
- Collapsible shovel
- Emergency medical kit
- Reflective space blanket
- Signal mirror
- Roll of plastic sheeting (approx 10'x 12') to be used as a rudimentary wind/snow shelter.
- Goretex shell top and pants
- Downfill jacket
- Dry undershirt
- extra wool socks and gloves
- 2 Thermos full of hot water
- Extra food and tea – instant soup or instant potatos.
- High visibility marker tape (orange)
- Coleman stove for heating water if needed.
We will designate a trail lead and a sweep. We will also ask who has emergency medical training. If you are wilderness trained, note it in the conversation below.
We're doing hotsprings afterwards; it will be posted as a separate event!
ps-No dogs---why? There is a woman who does dogsledding on this trail with her daughter and her VERY AGGRESSIVE DOGS. She is a very crappy person to encounter and it's best to just not deal with her. My pup Daisy is NOT happy about this, and she complains daily.
pps--why the $2 charge? I've found that $2 is just enough to weed out those who sign up and then never show up. If you're laid off or really need that $2, email me. I'm not heartless.....