Past Meetup

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: Royal Gorge


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Whether your a first timer, an expert, couch strong or at peak performance, come enjoy and outing to Royal Gorge!

Severe weather cancels:
Safety comes first. If we determine that the driving conditions are dangerous we’ll make the call to cancel. If any doubts text or call Sharon at[masked].

Nordic Skiing: Nordic skiing, is done on beautiful groomed trails with parallel tracks cut into the snow. Which makes it easier to keep your skis straight. There are tracks in both directions with an area between the two sets of tracks for skating and for climbing up hills. If you have your own back country gear, double camber skis could work for you for a day trip, single camber wider backcountry skis are not recommended. Also, consider renting Nordic equipment, its super lightweight.

Agenda for the day:
7:15am: Meet at the Starbucks in the Walmart/Bass Pro Shopping Center. I80 and Sierra College We will form carpools. Get there at 7 if you plan on getting a muffin, coffee, etc. Those of you with 4 wheel drive vehicles please have a full tank as you will be a likely candidate to be a driver, especially if it is snowing up the hill. Passengers should contribute gas money to the driver. (*see BAS Carpool policy below)

7:30: Leave Starbucks. (you’ll be provided with directions and cell numbers of the leaders). Note: we will leave promptly at 7:30. If you are running late call Sharon[masked].

About 900: Arrive at Royal Gorge, Soda Springs. Organize tickets, rental gear and lessons.

If we have a group of 10 or more, the cost is lower and we will collect money at Starbucks as they request one person pay. Otherwise, individuals will purchase tickets and pay for rentals and lessons.

Lessons -we strongly recommend taking a lesson if you have not skied Nordic before, even though you are an experienced downhill skier. The techniques are totally different. Those experienced skiers who are not taking lessons will have a morning ski, either classic or skate options.

12:00: Lunch Lessons will end at the lodge. Skiers not taking a lesson please arrange to meet back at Summit Station for lunch. You can either pack your lunch or order at the cafeteria. The food is excellent and competitively priced … much more reasonable than downhill resorts. After lunch we will all head out for an afternoon ski. We will break into groups depending on skill and speed levels.

4:00 – 4:30: Return to Summit Station, return rentals, and head for home.

(Prices from the[masked] season - we will update if there are any changes)
COST: Please understand if fewer than 10 people participate, regular rates apply. (Payable at RG)
ADULT 22+;: $36/$25
YOUTH 13-22: $30/$20
SENIOR 65-74: $30/$20

ADULT 13+;: $30/$23
CHILD: $19/$18

ADULT: $33/$22
CHILD: $33/$17

ADULT $70/$50
CHILD $49/$36

For those who are skiing for the first time, or have not skied for a long time, we highly recommend you get the ski package, which includes rentals (skis, boots, and poles), trail pass, and a 1 ½ hour lesson. It’s a great deal.

About Royal Gorge: This the largest X-C ski area in North America with about 200 km of groomed trails. Check out the website for a lot of useful information, particularly the interactive trail map, webcam, trail ( .
What to bring / wear:
• Water: Hydration pack (like a Camelback) or water bottles you can carry on a hip pack.
• Fanny pack or back pack if you are not carrying a special hydration pack.
• Clothing: Stretchy layers. Currently weather is in the 30s. XC skiing warms you up very quickly. Outer upper layer should provide a wind break, lowers it’s good to have an outer layer that snow won’t stick to. Base layer should be a wicking layer, did I mention that xc skiing warms you up quickly? No cotton. Hat, thin gloves, scarf. Thin wool socks like smart wool or polypropylene. Skip the thick padded “downhill pants”. You’ll be too warm.
• Sun block and sunglasses, tissues, microfiber cloth if you have one
• Camera (optional)
• Lunch, unless you plan on buying at the lodge … very good food and not as expensive as alpine resorts.
• Trail snacks

Sorry, dogs and alcohol are not permitted on BAS events.

Please be sure you have signed the online waiver for 2018 at

An annual Bayside adventure Sport membership is required for this event. If you are new to BAS, a one month trial membership is available (valid for most of our free events). This annual fee helps offset our high insurance cost and keeps most of our events free. For individuals it's only $49/year Families are $99/year. Additional donations are also accepted and tax deductible as well. For member benefits and to join, or donate, please see our membership page at

CARPOOL: Due to liability issues, BAS cannot organize or provide carpooling. At the meet-up parking lot, please be prepared to arrange carpooling among yourselves and to help out drivers with gas money (A good rule of thumb is $3.00 for each hour of drive time.) Please read and sign our carpool agreement at (only needs to be done once)

If you have any questions or need additional info, comment. This should be a fantastic day of health, fitness, fun and fellowship in His creation.