John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Trip

Cross-country Ski - John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Start your Nordic ski season off with an easy cross country trip where the location has changed from the Crystal Springs Snopark and the green Erling Stordahl trails to the Iron Horse Trail from Hyak Snopark due to adverse snow and weather conditions. This trip is suitable for beginners and others who want to get their ski season started on groomed flat trails. Nordic classic skis 70mm max width required.

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COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • *Varies*, Easy, Moderate, Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph average moving speed

Changed to Hyak Snopark at 9:00 am. (Please note that the new meeting place and time that had earlier been set for 9:30am). This is found off Exit 54 on I-90.

Full directions will be provided once registration closes on Dec. 18.

This trip will be co-led by Chris Ensor and Maud de Bel.

Please note: the location has changed from the Crystal Springs Snopark and the green Erling Stordahl trails to the Iron Horse Trail from Hyak Snopark due to adverse snow and weather conditions.

This trip is suitable for beginners and others who want to get their ski season  off with an easy trip along the flat Iron Horse Trail from the the Hyak Snopark.  Some informal instruction and ski tips will be offered along the way. With two leaders it will be possible to split into two smaller groups as needed. Nordic classic skis 70mm max width are required. We will focus on weight transfer from ski to ski, glide and polling in the tracks. These are key elements to efficient classic skiing.  

If it has been a while since you’ve used your skis, if you hired or have a new set of equipment and or clothing, please take a few moments before the date of the trip to make sure that all of your gear and ski clothing: gloves, hats etc. are to hand and in good order. Also, please don’t forget that for all ski trips we are expected to bring the 10 essentials:  https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/olympia-branch/committees/olympia-hiking-backpacking-committee/course-templates/conditioning-hiking-series-olympia/course-materials/ten-essentials/view

In advance of Dec.19 you will need to purchase a WA State Snopark Pass non-motorized day or season pass with special groomed to park at Crystal Springs Snopark:

https://epermits.parks.wa.gov/Store/SNO/SnoChoice.aspx

You can buy a day pass or season pass on-line. As a day-pass is $20. if you plan to go ski a few times at least during the upcoming winter, a season pass with groomed sticker combo ($40 + $40 = $80 total) will be more economical. As soon as you have ordered it you will be able to print out a temporary pass that's good for about 3 weeks until your season pass arrives in the mail. It is not possible to buy the pass at this snopark.

SKIING DURING COVID:

This ski trip will follow the WA State Phased Approach to Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distancing and the Mountaineers hiking guidelines for COVID-19 that apply on the date of this trip.

All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

 CARPOOLING: Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leaders asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip.  

PROTOCOL: All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Wherever possible all group member will maintain the 6ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

MORE INFORMATION: Full trip information including directions to the snopark will be emailed out to those who sign up as soon as registration closes on Dec. 18 at 9am.  In the interim. any questions can be emailed to trip Co-Leader Chris Ensor ctrails@comcast.net

Also contact me if you would like to receive suggestions on learning to xc ski and choosing equipment videos, where to rent equipment and preseason training information

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John Wayne Pioneer Trail



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