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Maine Woods BC Ski Tour 2019
Short description: BC ski on unbroken Maine Woods trails on the White Cap Mtn ridge & vicinity in the club’s 70,000 acre preserve. Daily skis of 10-12 miles with 2000’-2500’ rise; conditions will vary widely. Staying at family-run, cozy West Branch Pond Camps with toilet/shower bath house. Cost includes hearty meals, stove heated cabins, ski guiding and ambience. This is an AMC Boston Ski Committee sponsored trip; due to the costs involved and remote nature of the trip you must signup with the leader. Please see the AMC Listing at: https://activities.outdoors.org/dashboard/admin/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/107977 The trip brochure which also has signup directions and the "stock" questions is at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3x9xqvbawq6kiga/WBPC2019%20Brochure.pdf?dl=0 More trip details are below, but I recommend linking to the brochure, it reads much better and has photos, etc: Discover the remote Maine woods on true ski adventure. We'll be based at West Branch Pond Camps within the AMC's 70,000 acre reserve east of Greenville, Maine. We will BC ski on unbroken trails, winding up the White Cap Mtn ridge and through hills and woods on a trails ranging from wide roads and open ponds to narrow trails and some bushwacking. The terrain will vary from well graded dirt roads to some steeper stuff. Some of the trails will be unbroken and we will cut the tracks, but some will be packed out and some trails near the camp may be tracked. The BC tours will be 10-12 miles and 2000’-2500’ feet of rise and wind up mountain ridges and through some thick woods. Expect some climbing and descending but advanced downhill or tele turns are not required. Climbing skins are not required, but if you have them may be an aid and a good thing to bring. Participants should be comfortable climbing and descending on varied terrain and conditions and . The best ski will be a metal edged, double camber touring ski, and it may be best to bring several widths for variable conditions if you have them. A good profile starting point is about[masked] and maybe one 10-15 cm wider in each dimension if the snow is deep like it was in 2015. Our cozy cabins in West Branch Pond Camps are rustic, but come with all the basic amenities; they are heated with wood stoves, there are toilets and a shower in the bath house and our hearty meals will be cooked by the camp owner, Eric Stirling and his staff and taken in the kitchen of the dining hall. Our large cabin has a nice sitting room for our socializing after a nice day skiing in the woods. Electric service typically is on from 5 - 9 pm daily. Each night, you'll find ambience, great company and hearty replenishment after a great day in the woods! The trip officially starts on Wednesday, February 20, 2018 at noon sharp when we meet at the cafe in Northwoods Outfitters, 5 Lily Bay Rd in Greenville, Maine, 04441. After meeting up and purchasing any last supplies we will drive together the approx 30 miles to WBPC together; the last 20 miles are on a dirt road which is usually pretty well plowed out. We will then have a few hours of “shakedown ski”, followed by full days of skiing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, February 24th, after about a 2/3 day of skiing we will head back to Boston at about 2 pm. Greenville is about 5 hours from Boston some of us may elect to stay at a hotel in the Augusta, Maine area on the night of Wednesday, February 7th. This as well as car pools will be facilitated, but at your own option and expense. Your fee of $710 AMC members/$760 non-members will include 4 nights at West Branch Pond Camps, all meals from dinner on 2/20 thru lunch on 2/24, ski guiding, waxing tips and ambience. The leaders have a wealth of knowledge both about Maine, the AMC Maine Woods project and the club in general and are happy to share their experiences with you!

West Branch Pond Camps

1 Frenchtown Rd , Greenville, ME 04441 · Greenville, ME

$720.00

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Hi Folks, welcome to another great season of cross country, back country and snow shoeing! Our events are for all ability levels, we break up into groups based on ability. We typically visit local cross country venues within 90 minutes of Boston, with some further trips now and again. If you want to carpool you can post a note in the event listing. Also remember to look at the event posting prior to leaving home as snow and driving conditions can change. If anyone wants to become an event organizer and lead an event please get in touch with me.

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