Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bear Notch Ski Touring: Grand Bartlett Bear Tour 9:30 am at Attitash

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE: As of 8:00 am on Thursday:  Weather looks good for us. See you at Attitash or at the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

The January thaw must now be upon us...the temperature on Thursday will be in the mid 40's, wow, shocking to our cold-adapted systems! There will be a strong wind from the west. This adds up to a good ski over at Bear Notch Ski Touring, with protected skiing in the woods and a tailwind at the end of the tour.

Here is a map of Bear Notch Ski Touring:  http://www.bearnotchskitouring.com/trail-map.html

First choice Plan, my favorite do-it all plan:

Meet at the Attitash parking lot in the area next to Matty B's, towards the back near the RR tracks, at 9:30 am. We will leave a few cars here for those who do the entire one-way expedition. We then get into the other cars and drive over to Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

We start skiing at the touring center likely about 10:00 am heading uphill and around the Bartlett Brook trails system (up Trail #7 and wiggle around 22 and parts of the 5s and 6s), We then head east crossing Bear Notch Road then enjoy the downhill to the trails to the RR tracks (Trail #s 40 and 42) We then ski with a tailwind on the tracks towards Bear Peak, cross Route 302 and ski along Thorne Pond then on the trials behind Attitash Mountain Village (#50 and maybe even 52, 53, 54, 55, which are in the Fields of Attitash, Saco Riverside and woods) then back to the cars. The RR tracks and the Fields of Attitash area trails have been groomed over the last few days and look great.

This route option covers it all, and we may decide to shorten some of this if needed due to skier preferences. We can edit as we go, but all is groomed and ready to enjoy, so with the mild temperatures why not try for the entire tour?

If you are time limited you can always shorten the loop to return to the ski center or we can arrange to park your car at Thorne Pond so you can finish there. All is possible!

If you are coming from Bartlett, just meet us at the touring center, no need to drive to Attitash. You will be driven back to your car at the end of the ski.

I will watch the grooming reports and we can modify this Grand Tour if need be. With the warm temperature, the snow should be soft and fast!

For seniors (over 60), the trail fee is $15.

Bring beverage, lunch or snacks to eat along the trail.

Hawaiian shirts??


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wait until next week.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year to all!

I think it is probably best to cancel this week's ThursdaySki. The snow starts at about 7:00 am so we all would be driving in the snow and likely in the windy conditions, worse on the way home than the way in.

Stay tuned for next week!  I want to plan an away ski at Bretton Woods or Bear Notch to do the epic routes there!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ski cancelled for this week

Thursday, December 28, 2017

With many ThursdaySkiers away and with the subzero conditions forecasted, it is probably best to just skip this Thursday's event.
The skiing is amazing! See you on an adventure next week!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

JacksonXC at 10:00 am

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Let's do another ThursdaySki at JacksonXC.

Let's see what is groomed and make the decision on Thursday morning. We could do the Yodel, Wave, Eagle, or whatever looks good on the grooming report. It should be good skiing, the temperature will drop firming up the snow for a faster glide. It will be in the mid teens and breezy, frosty on the face...

There are new ski passes being made for us this year, don't bother searching for the old one! Come a few minutes early to get your new pass.

Meet in the JacksonXC lodge, ready to ski at 10:00 am.

If you are off for the holidays, have a great time wherever you are and see you soon on the snow!!

Wasting time in an airport or in the car? Check out my newly released website:

www.crossnewhampshire.org

Cheers!!!









Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ThursdaySki Starts the Season!! 10:00 am at JacksonXC

Thursday December 14th  YEAH!!

Early season skiing is sweet...cold and windy, but wonderful snow!!

How about meeting at JacksonXC, in the lodge, ready to ski at 10:00?  We can pick the best trails of the day and head out. The trails today were a bit soft, asking for faceplants on steep downhills, I would think. Tomorrow's groom should firm it up and we might be able to head out the Ellis or up the Hall.

We will see how the weather, snow and early season legs and arms come together for the distance and  plan. It will be great to see everyone out there again!

There are new passes being made at Jackson this year, so don't waste time looking for the old pass!

Forecast is for about 18 degrees, partly sunny with strong wind from the west, much like today.  I really appreciated having a balaclava/facemask/neck warmer today to get across the golf course against that wind....bring one for tomorrow.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2017

No ride planned for Thanksgiving morning. 

The cold morning temperature and the residual salt on the pavement has convinced me that staying inside, watching the parade on TV and/or taking a walk might be a better option between the cooking duties.

I will continue to try to post bike rides for Thursdays, weather permitting, likely on bike paths or dirt roads if there is appropriate weather and no snow or ice. As an alternative, a good long walk/hike could be a good way to get out of the house while we anxiously look out the window for snow accumulation.  Check this blog if your are curious about an expedition on Thursdays.

As the snow falls, I will change ThursdayBike into ThursdaySki, so keep checking the blog if you want an xc-ski adventure on Thursdays throughout the winter and spring. 

The bike club calendar may not have the link to this blog during the winter season. If not there, go directly to the information on the blog:

www.thursdaybike.blogspot.com

Have a fun Thanksgiving! I am thankful for such great group of biking friends!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RIde Cancelled this week

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The forecast just does not look good for a bike ride this Thursday.

IF the weather cooperates next week, I will set up a bike ride on Thanksgiving morning, a short one in the North Conway area. It would be nice to get in a ride before the turkey dinner celebration with friends and family!

I will continue to try to post bike rides for Thursdays, weather permitting. As the snow falls, I will change ThursdayBike into ThursdaySki, so keep checking the blog if you want an xc-ski adventure on Thursdays throughout the winter and spring. Until the snow accumulates enough for xc skiing, there might be a hike posted instead.

The bike club calendar may not have the link to this blog on their calendar during the winter season. If not there, go directly to the information on the blog:

www.thursdaybike.blogspot.com

Have a fun Thanksgiving! I am thankful for such great group of biking friends!