January News 2011
See Below for January President’s Message
Note: See Calendar for Levenworth Trip Info
Fourth of July Area — Trail Conditions – Dec 26
I skied the ten mile loop today, Sunday, Dec 26th, there is generally good snow on the trails (roads) with a few threadbare areas which are holding only the most recent snow, however you can ski almost anywhere on the area. The cut across trail is out in the woods and here there are bare spots where you have to take them off and walk a short distance. The inner core is packed as is Elderberry out to the benches. There is a small tree down in the middle of the hill on White Knuckles, so beware of quick decents until it is taken out. Van tells me he plans to groom again on Wednesday. Geoff Harvey
For trail locations See Maps for the Fourth of July area.
January President’s Message
It has been an on again – off again ski season so far. We had good snow in late November only to have it rained off in December. However, we are entering a new and hopefully lasting snow cycle.
All of the facilities are in place and functional including a new snowshoe hut on the Twisted Klister system and covered benches out on Elderberry. The maps are up at junctions over most of the system, so you should know where you are over the entire system. So plan to ski or snowshoe someplace you have not yet visited. The sad fact is that most visits to the Fourth of July are spent on the inner five mile loop. There is so much more of the area to explore with fewer skiers and more of nature to see.
Lots of events are planned for January and early February. Free ski day is Saturday, January 8th. There is no charge to ski at any Park and Ski or state park groomed ski trails. The Panhandle Hut will have hosts to talk with skiers and snowshoers, answer questions and offer cookies and hot drinks. We are also planning to have lessons for beginners given between the hut and parking lot. If you have a friend or acquaintance interested in skiing or snowshoeing, invite them up to the area on January 8th.
The annual “Rock Soup” dinner is planned for Saturday, January 29th. The pot with broth on the stove will be set up by 3 PM. Skiers and snowshoers are invited to make a contribution (canned vegetable) to the pot and go out on the trails until dark. You should also bring a bowl and a spoon. Some people bring a dessert to share, bread or beverage. One of us will remain behind to stir the pot. At dark, we will gather in the Panhandle Hut to share the rock soup and each other’s company.
Planning for the Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe, Feb. 5, is already underway for this early February event. Solicit, donate, or recycle a prize to support the event. Janice Purdy is collecting these now. Also pick up a poster at the January meeting to place where the general public can see it.
Our January Meeting will be held at 7 PM, January 4, at the Coeur d’Alene River ranger District at 2500 E. Sherman in Fernan. Park in the back parking lot and walk down the stairs to the meeting room. After a short business meeting, our own Carol Ridge and possibly some of her fellow travelers, will present a program on a hike up France’s Mount Blanc that took place last summer.