(notes from Ross)
There is a scheduled X-C ski clinic on Saturday (6 Feb) afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 at Beech Hill Park. If anyone is interested in helping with this by escorting people around some of the trails, helping people get boots and skis on or giving basic ski advice (how to fall and get up being perhaps the most useful) please let Ross know. You certainly don’t have to be there for the whole time. So far Peter M and Ross T are planning to be there. Also if you know people who want a few tips or to try on a set of skis ( assuming the town is bringing some extra skis as they did last year) you can send them along.
Even more exciting, we are going to have a Time Trial around the Crooked Tree Trail on Sunday (7 Feb) afternoon. This will start at 1:30 from the Ski Cabin (aka Das Rosshaus) and will involve people leaving one at a time every one to two minutes (Ross is working out the details), with faster skiers leaving first. We won’t close the trail-just ask that when you hear someone breathing down your neck or yelling “track” you step aside to let faster skiers pass. We haven’t decided on an entry fee but it will almost certainly be free. There may be prizes but no guarantees. Everyone is welcome whether it takes you 10 minutes 37 seconds, or sixty minutes. Register before 1:30 PM.
There is a blurb up on the wall of the cabin on stove operation if you have been wanting to start it or stoke it but were unsure what to do. There is a need for dry firewood – if you have a few sticks to spare you could leave them in my garage (26 Squire) or at the start of the trail by the Reservoir gate in a plastic bag and we will eventually haul it in – or leave it at the cabin.
Skiing is great although unfortunately not groomed since last snow. Todd Cole is trying to remedy this.