The ski touring season has begun and several Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks tours are on the schedule.

Mike Schmoker and Cam Leonard have again agreed to run the program this year. Their goal is to organize a collective effort for people to share their favorite tours with each other. They would like to see a range of different tours offered in terms of location, length and difficulty. Even if you are not hard-core and prefer a shorter and less challenging outing, rest assured that other club members may want to join you. If you are interested in leading and or sharing your favorite ski, please contact Mike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Cam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

As the touring schedule develops, some tours will be planned far enough in advance to be listed in the Alaska Nordic Skier newsletter, while others will be posted to the touring page on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website, and /or announced through the listserv and Facebook. Make sure you check the website for updates and that your membership is up to date with your current email address. Hopefully, with help from others, more tours can be added to the calendar.

For now, the following are on the calendar:

Sunday, December 13, 2015 – Ace Lake

A three-hour roundtrip to Ace Lake. This is a flat trail thru a beautiful black spruce forest to the hidden lakes off Gold Hill Road. Meet at Gold Hill Liquor/Gas Station at noon and drive to the start. Wear warm layers because it can be slightly colder in this area. We can go to the Blue Loon afterwards if the group wants to. Friendly dogs are welcome. Tour led by Barbara O'Donnell

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Big Eldorado Creek in Goldstream. 

Meet at 11am at the pullout on Goldstream Road across from Bucks Drive. A short car shuttle to the trailhead at the top of Molly and Waterford Road. This is a several-hour tour on a multi-use trail. Contact Mike Schmoker at msfbcski@gmail or 455-6848

 

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - East O’Conner Creek Ridge to Jones Road.

Meet at Ivory Jack’s at 11am.   After a short car shuttle on Jones Rd to leave cars, we will then drive to the start of the trail on top of Pandora and ski on the east O’Conner ridge to Murphy Dome Road and then ski on primarily dog-mushing  trails  from the top of  O’Conner Creek back to Jones Road.  This will be roughly a 12-plus mile ski, which will take roughly 3 to 4 hours based on current  conditions.    At times there is overflow and ice toward the end. Contact Mike Schmoker at msfbcski@gmail or 455-6848  

 

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Goldstream East

Meet at noon at the pullout at about Mile 2.5 Ballaine Road, just before the Goldstream Creek bridge. Estimated time for the ski is 3-4 hours. We’ll start on the old Tanana Valley Railroad route and then take a side trail that parallels the north side of Skyline Ridge. We’ll see if we can find an old cabin, then take a connecting trail (if it’s still there) back to the valley bottom and hook up with the railroad route. We’ll look for the “pingo” that’s probably really a pile of old tailings and head back to the start. Dogs are welcome if on a leash or in harness. Leader: Eric Troyer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 455-6641)

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - UAF

Explore your own backyard: The University of Alaska Fairbanks trails. Tour to last about 1-1/2 hours. Meet at 1pm at the Geophysical Institute parking lot below the ski hut on West Ridge (the parking lot has free parking on the weekend). Classic skiing. No dogs allowed on UAF trails.  Trip will be canceled if the temperatures is zero at the airport at noon. Leader Karen Brauser (479-2821).