Cross-country Ski - Erling Stordahl


Cross-country Ski - Erling Stordahl

Explore the Erling Stordahl and Dog Sled Trails from Crystal Springs Snopark. Back-Country or Classic skis recommended. Only part of the trail system may have been recently groomed

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  • N2 Nordic Advanced Basic Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph Average Moving Speed

Meet at 8:30 am North Bend Safeway parking lot close to the tall Safeway/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Chase Bank sign in the parking lot. It's close to I-90 exit 31.

Directions to the meeting place will be emailed to all participants as soon as registration closes on Feb. 16. Participants who include their drive/ride preferences in their profiles will be able to follow these up by email.


If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

 BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

We will explore some of the Dog Sled Trails and the P2C Palouse to Cascades (formerly call the John Wayne) Trail east to the Whittier Tunnel and part of the snow covered roads towards Meany Lodge and Stampede Pass that are close to the Erling Stordahl trails from Crystal Springs Snopark, exit 62 off I-90.

The portion of theP2C Trail we will take that’s to the east of the Stampede Pass road is joint use and may have or may not been groomed for snowmobiles the weekend before. We will have to share with snowmobilers on this section. The Dog Sled Trails may also have been groomed for sleds a few days before, but classic tracks will not have been cut. These are officially off limits to snowmobiles. The route is undulating with some quite steep but short hills in places. We will ski a loop of about 10 miles and there may be some repetition. The elevation gain will be s approximately 500 ft.

We have lunch sometime during our ski. We will find the best location we can out on the trail. 

Please note: This is an approximately, 10 mile N2 level 500 ft. elevation gain round trip, so you will need to have good herringbone climbing skills and wedge including wedge turns for the descents. We will travel at a moderate speed of about 2.5 MPH. This would not be a good trip for slow skiers, for those who rely on well groomed trails with classic tracks cut or for skate skiers. The conditions we will find on the day are often difficult to predict in advance. Classic no-wax track skis or Nordic backcountry skis are recommended. Please consult the leader if you wish to use other types of ski. The trip is not suitable for first-time Nordic skiers even with Alpine experience.

 As there is really no way of knowing what the snow and grooming conditions will be like on Feb. 18 the leader recommends that only strong and experienced Nordic skiers register for this trip.

If you are uncertain of your ability and stamina or the equipment you have to manage this type of trip please consult the leader.

 You may carpool from our meeting place at the North Bend Safeway, meeting at 8:30 am or meet us at the Crystal Springs Snopark an hour later.

All vehicles taken to the trailhead will require WA Snopark Passes. Passes need to be purchased in advance: contact the leader for more information. Taking everyone who signs up will be dependent on enough drivers with suitable vehicles for winter snow.

Full trip details will be emailed to everyone who signs up soon after registration closes on Feb. 16. In the interim, please contact Chris Ensor, Trip Leader with any questions:


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