Showing posts from April, 2024

Call to Action! Gold Creek and the USFS and How You Can Help

I f you're a skier or a snowshoer or any kind of nonmotorized winter recreationist along the I-90 corridor, you care a lot about the Forest Service's recently announced plans for the Gold Creek Sno-Park and the boat launch road at Hyak. Joy Cordell has been keeping up with these developments as they happen, and shares with us this report and call to action. **** The Cle Elem Forest Service office released the Gold Creek draft plan in early May and held a public meeting April   24. Many of us who care about recreation had concerns and questions but waited until after the meeting to consolidate our thoughts. In reading the Plan, we immediately noticed that the Plan said it would close winter grooming of the boat launch road at Hyak. That sentence was tucked away in the section where the Forest Service detailed putting up new gates on that paved road to prevent motorized vehicles from accessing and damaging the lake bed during dry months. It gave no reason for closing winter (nonm

Alison Arians' Adventures in Finland

  Many of us recognize Alison Arians' name: ski racing classmate of Hashimoto's at Dartmouth, World Masters medalist, top-level masters racer, and friend of Rainey Hoffman, who forwards us this awesome story she told of her adventures in Finland, given at a Trail Tales meeting. Trail Tales March 19, 2024   Intro (Kikkan):   Alison Arians will tell a story about her (mis)adventures traveling to Finland to ski race when she was 15, compared to a slightly different experience traveling to ski race in Finland again, just last month, at age 53.    Alison was born and raised in Anchorage, and started cross country ski racing back in the dark ages before skate skiing was invented. She trains with Jan Buron of Alaska Winter Stars and loves all manner of ski racing, including our local NSAA citizens races, Besh Cup Junior National qualifiers, Masters World Cup competitions, and World Loppet marathons. Her whole family is involved with ski racing, including her husband, Dan, who times th

Rune's Norwegian Adventure

 The benefit of being flexible in your winter plans: thanks, Rune, for this fun report and pictures from your five-week adventure in Norway! ***** By early February, the prospect of a full scale American Birkie in Wisconsin looked less and less likely.    To the contrary, the Oslo region of Norway was enjoying one of the coldest, snow-rich winters in decades.     So Augustina and I made a quick decision, cancelled the trip to Wisconsin and moved our planned trip to Norway up by a few weeks and left for what ended up being a 5-week trip to Norway.   The first stop was my hometown of Drøbak which is located just south of Oslo.     By the later part of February, the weather had turned to rain and milder temps but still lots of snow left on the local lighted ski trails, which relies heavily on snow-making as well.     As it turned out, we arrived just in time for me to participate in the club championship at the end of February!    Three  laps of 2.5 k skate race on sloppy wet snow, just l