Retro Ski – Sunday January 27, 2019

SKI THE BACK COUNTRY!

The Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trail system encompasses a lot of territory that seldom see ski tracks all winter.  The Retro Ski is an opportunity each year to explore some of that country with like-minded friends and knowledgeable guides. There is no fee for this event but please purchase a trail pass; donations are always appreciated.

The route: We’ll start blazing trail almost right away at 1:30 pm from the Tomasi Trailhead next to the Hancock Department of Public Works on Tomasi Drive.  The exact route will be determined closer to the day of the Retro Ski subject to snow and ice conditions at the time.  The goal is to leave from the Tomasi Trailhead and ski into the northern reaches of Churning Rapids to explore the off-track country. Depending on the final route a vehicle shuttle may be arranged to end at the Christensen Road Trailhead.

The reward: After breaking all that trail skiers can retire to a local restaurant of the group’s choice for beverages and food. Tall tales inspired by our back country skiing may ensue.

Never done a “retro ski”? If you’ve got wood skis, bamboo poles, knickers and wool clothing – perfect! You’ll be stylin’. If you’ve got modern equipment and clothing – don’t let that stop you from joining the group. All skiers are welcome regardless of ability or equipment. 

“No-guts-no-glory” does not apply. If skier abilities vary widely, we can split into two groups – an easy and an extended tour – and still feast together after all are finished. Our route will use groomed trails several times, so anyone wanting a shorter/easier tour may leave the group at one of those points and ski via set tracks to their starting trailhead. Yes, backcountry means breaking trail but don’t let that keep you home; we’ll have plenty of skiers to take turns at the front and no “real” retro-skier would mind if slower/tired/novice skiers follow their path. 

RSVP: Contact either Jay Green or John Diebel by the morning of January 27th if you intend to enjoy this adventure so we have an idea of group size and ability to plan for. We appreciate the notification but if last minute developments free you to come, please hop on the skis and join us. Also call with any questions.

Jay: home 487-5411 cell 370-1400 email jbgreen45@nullcharter.net

John: 281-1486 email john.diebel@nullsbcglobal.net

Regardless of the weather we will be skiing; severe weather may just change the route and length. Hope to see you there!

 

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