Ester Dome Tour, Sunday, December 14, 2008; Leader: Vicki Helfenstein, 458-8580, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet: 12 noon at top of Ester Dome

Update from Vicki: Just to let you know that the trails at the top of Ester Dome have been
getting chewed up a bit. It's not the snowmachines, it's the trucks that
make such big ruts in the soft snow. But don't be too discouraged (tho you
might want to walk down that 1st hill), because the ruts really don't extend
too far....and the views are still spectacular. If you didn't hear: the moon
is at its closest to earth, it's at perigee this fri. So it really will be
its biggest & brightest & you won't want to miss it this weekend. Here's a
site if you didn't hear:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article5327206.ece
I skied Fri afternoon (2:30) & the full moon I saw coming over the hills was
just beautiful. Don't' miss it no matter where you are. And just plan to
take the skiing a bit more slowly & we'll just 'adapt & overcome' no matter
what the conditions.


We also checked the trail on Saturday, even on a cloudy day, it is gorgeous up at the top of Ester Dome. The sun tried to peak out from the cloud, look upside down and painted the sky with pale pink We can view theMt. Denali in a distance. We were sweating after ski in for an hour. We did not catch the sight of the moon today, well...See you all tomorrow! 

Ester Dome Tour; Leader: Vicki Helfenstein, 458-8580, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet: 12 noon at the top of Ester Dome

How ot get to Stan Justice house, 1750 Reed Circle, for this coming Sunday tour (Nov. 30), Please be there at 11 am for the Max Vert Circuit Trail.

Take Farmers Loop past UAF, past Ballaine Lake, and turn right on Iniakuk (blue and white church sign marks Iniakuk). Take the first road left - Reed Circle. My drive is on the outside of the first turn you come to. The house numbers are out of order so just watch for 1750 in silver reflective numbers. Up the drive you should see a brown 2 car garage door.

Above are directions to my house.  If people have T-day leftovers bring them over and we will work on them.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2008, touring will be at Chena Lake Nture Trail

Leader: Aporn Stein, 458-1011, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet: 12 noon at trail head, Chena Lake Recreation area. Take Richardson Hwy south past the city of North Pole, after the Santa Claus House will see the sigh for Chena Lakes Recreation area exit. Follow the sigh to the park entrance, about 2 miles. The fee booth is closed in the winter. Drive another 3 miles and turn left on the River Park Rd. It is 8/10 of a mile to the parking lot locted on the left side of the road (carpool recommended, please let me know who has space available)

Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Ski Touring Schedule 2008-2009
Coordinator: Aporn Stein 458-1011, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday, November 23, 2008 Leader: Aporn Stein 458-1011
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Meet: 11 am at Chena Point Avenue off
Chena Pump road) by the gravel pit.
Let’s start the season with the open sky and
fresh air of Chena flat loop, following dog
musher trail with the panoramic view of
Chena Ridge. The terrain is flat for easy skiing
and warm up for the season. The tour is about
5 miles and about 2 hours. Treats and social
at Aporn’s home there after (1325 West
Chena Hills Dr.)


Sunday, November 30, 2008 Leader: Stan Justice 479-5017
Title: Max Vert Circuit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet: 11 am at Stan’s house; 1750 Reed
Circle
UAF trail system is known for having smaller
hills. This tour takes a route that maximizes
the ups and downs to give a good workout. It
also travels some of the lesser know classic
trails. Treats at Stan's house after the tour.


Sunday, December 7, 2008 Leader: Larry Hall 452-0593
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Meet: 12 noon at Sonata Drive, about half
mile from Isberg and Cripple Creek Road
intersection
(Limited parking, car pooling is advised.)
The multiple use trails in the Rosie Creek
Burn area, advanced beginner rating, about 2
hours ski. Sauna, hot food and relax at
Larry’s house on Chena Ridge to follow.


Sunday, December 14, 2008 Leader: Vicki Helfenstein 458-8580
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Meet: 12 noon at top of Ester Dome Ski across Ester Dome: if you¹ve enjoyed the
views from the top of Ester
Dome in summer & fall, I hope you¹ll take
some time to ski there, too. This
trip will start from the top of Ester Dome (the
road is well maintained with
plenty of parking at the top, but we could also
carpool from the turn out
just beyond Ann¹s Greenhouse). We¹ll ski the
out & back of the marathon
trail until just after the marker for mile 15 for
the Equinox and then take
a trail off to the left for some outstanding
views of the valley & the AK
Range. The trail is actually pretty well
protected from the wind (except at
the very beginning) and has a number of small
hills going up & down (a
snowplow works just fine & some of us have
used the pole-dragging
OEtechnique¹ on the downhill). I¹ve figured on
going out for and hour & then
back, giving us a 2 hr trip, which seems to be
just about right for the amt
of daylight & projecting how cold it can be
(although we¹ve skied up there a
number of times now & it¹s been warmer due
to the inversions). And maybe
there¹ll be the added benefit of ptarmigan &
hares for company. If you have
any questions, give me a call: 458-8580.


Sunday, December 21, 2008 Leader: Phil Marshall 457-3895
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Meet: Skiland Road parking lot just off the
Steese at 10:30 am. Carpool to start on old Ft.
Knox access road. Return to Jan Lokken’s for
cocoa and chili. Contact Philip Marshall @
457-3895.CLEARY SUMMIT – GILMORE TRAIL
ROUNDTRIP, 21 December 2008. Beginner
level, 3 hours, rolling terrain on Rabbit Run
ridge, great views of Alaska Range (and the
mine). We stop for a snack enroute.


Sunday, December 28, 2008 Leader: Keith Mueller 479-0740
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Meet: 12 noon The meeting place is at the
start of the trails which is on Katya Ct. off of
East Chena Hills Drive. We are the only
house on Katya Ct, a log house. Skill level -
We will do all of the flat stuff first then if
anyone wants a hill I am putting in a hilly trail
now and, assuming it is finished in time, we
will do that last.
Koponen's trails are flat except for one that
goes up a large hill. The hill trail is new and
thus is pretty rough (assuming I finish it
before the tour). The flat trails are good for
skate or classic technique. This is a short ski,
maybe an hour certainly less than two
depending on how many "laps" we decide to
do and how many moose we see. We can go
to my house at the trail head for goodies
and hot chocolate after the ski.
If you need more information, please give me
a call at 479-0740.

Sunday, January 4, 2009 Happy New Year Leader: Lisa Stuby 457-3895
Title: Classic Bear and North Star classic trails
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Meet: Birch Hill Ski Recreation Area on
January 4th at 11:00 AM at the old warm up
hut.
Wear classics and we will be skiing the little
skied, but surprising delightful Classic Bear
and North Star classic trails. My home phone
# is 458-7657 if anyone has any questions.
Bring snacks for afterwards as we warm
back up at the hut.


Sunday, January 11, 2009 Leader: Phil Marshall 457-3895
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Meet: UAF/CRREL Permafrost Tunnel
parking lot off the New Steese before Fox at
10:30. Contact Philip Marshall @ 457-3895.
GUNN CREEK “RED HOT MAMA”
ROUNDTRIP, 11 January 2009. Intermediate
level, 2.5 hours, rolling terrain with long
climb up (if have skins, bring) through mixed
forest, then rollicking descent with best
woodsy turns anywhere. Usually cold as we
climb out of inversion.
Canines most welcome on all tours!


Sunday, January 18, 2009 Leader: Barb O’Donnell 479-0302
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Meet: 12 noon at Ester Post Office We will start at the Ester Post Office and go
uphill through a beautiful aspen forest
approximately 2 miles to a point where the
trail meets the Equinox Marathon Trail. Then
we start the long descent to the town of Ester
through the backdoor trails. Although
snowplowing skills are helpful we can work
with folks to manage the downhill sections
depending on conditions. Pray for powder!
Stop at Barb’s house for hot soup and
drinks after the tour.


Sunday, January 25, 2009 Leader: Phillip Low 347-1191
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Meet: 11 am at Fox Gas & Grocery. 45 or so
min to trail head parking lot (Elliot Hwy mile
28/29)
The loop will take 1.5hrs to 2.0hrs...it's been a
while, I think that's close. Conditions vary
from great to poor depending on: wind
strength, moose tracks on trail, depth of snow.
We start off going over a hill, important to
have the right wax here. The loop forms a
triangle the final leg of which is a multi
purpose trail which is usually in good shape,
the first two legs can be anything from
nonexistant to almost set tracks. Finish up
with pie and burgers at Hill Top Café. Now
for the pies...the best you'll find in the area!


Sunday, February 1, 2009 Leader: Phil Marshall 457-3895
Title: Cleary Summit to Chatanika via
Margaret’s conner
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Meet: Skiland Rd parking lot with the DOTPF
videocam just off the Steese at 10:30 to
carpool. Depending on snow conditions, will
start from there or go to Steese Col to
commence ski tour. Contact Philip Marshall
@ 457-3895.
CLEARY SUMMIT-CHATANIKA LODGE
VIA MARGARET’S CORNER, 1 February
2009. Advanced intermediate, 4 hours, rolling
terrain with some steep downhills and tight
turns (some can be traversed or walked),
occasionally overflow, beautiful forest past
historic Davidson Ditch to end at Chatanika
Lodge.
Canines most welcome on all tours!


Sunday, February 8, 2009 Leader: Frank Olive 590-6935
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Meet: 11 am at the Silver Gulch parking lot in
Fox
Ski from Pedro Dome to Fox. About a 4 hour
ski. We will shuttle to the top of Pedro dome
and ski along the ridge down to Fox for a beer
at the Silver Gulch. The skiing is mostly on
snow machine trails but there is a bit of
bushwhacking and tricky skiing. Solid
intermediate skiing level is recommended.


Sunday, February 15, 2009 Leader: Anne Hanley 479-4671
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Meet: 11 am at Pearl Creek School Pearl Creek Trail


Sunday, February 22, 2009 Leader: Paula Lotspeich 479-8753
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Meet: ???: Noon. Rosie creek trail, past the
first hay fields and park in the pullout near
gates just past the Bonanza creek trail.
Limited parking, Won’t know until the ski
date because of snow and plowing conditions.
OR at Paula’s 2571 Livingston Loop
This route is about 7 miles on multiuse trails
and takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours. The ski begins
near the Quist hay fields on Rosie Creek Trail
(road). We access Rosie Creek forest on the
southeast side of the forest, quickly gaining
elevation into the southern most hills
overlooking the Tanana flats. The route passes
through 25 year old clear cuts which are
primarily birch and aspen, original mixed
forest not logged or burned, and then descends
down to the flats in one glorious downhill run.
We then enter black spruce forest, cross a
small lake, and join the Bonanza Creek trail
for the return run in the valley.


Sunday, March 1, 2008 Leader: Larry Hall 452-0593
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Meet: 10:30 am at the shooting range, 36.5
mile Chena Hot Springs Rd.
The Stiles Creek Traverse, in the Chena River
Recreation Area, follows the Four Mile Ridge
Trail above the Stiles Creek drainage between
the shooting range and the Colorado Creek
trailhead. The total distance is 16 miles. The
trail climbs to the top of the ridge above the
shooting range and follows a series of ridges
and saddles before dropping down and out at
the Colorado Creek trailhead. The ridge tops
provide spectacular views of Chena Dome and
the surrounding area. A vehicle shuttle will be
necessary before hand to move most of the
vehicles to our destination point.


Sunday, March 8, 2009 Leader: Greg Selid
Home: 455-7557, Cell: 590-9191

Title: Goldstream Valley
Meet: 10:00am at the pull-off on Ballaine Rd.
This pull of is on the right-hand side towards
the bottom of the hill when you are coming
from Farmers Loop.
Goldstream Valley, 8 mile loop, between 2.0
and 2.5ish hrs. Ski through frozen bogs and
wetland lakes, spruce, aspen, birch as well as
lots of willows.
An established easy to moderate ski, the trails
are mostly snow machine width, so traditional
skis are best. I have skate skied the loop when
the weather favored faster snow. The trail is
pretty much flat with a few little mounds to
scurry up. We will stop for a break and snack
were the trail turns back.
Dogs are welcome, however these are dog
mushing trails, and about every other time I
have gone I have ran into dog mushers as well
as snowmobiles. All where respectful and
allowed plenty of space and time to pass, but
keeping dogs close or on a leash is
recommended.


Sunday, March 15, 2009 Leader: Don & Carole Lokken 479-5419
Title: Ester Dome Roam

Meet: 12 noon; on Ester Dome, where
Henderson and the marathon trail intersect.
We will ski the marathon trail and ski into
Ester, returning on the Ester Backdoor Trail
(or else the Happy Ridge Trail, depending on
snow conditions). Rated as moderate in level
of difficulty. For more info, call Don at
479-5419.


Sunday, March 22, 2009 Leader: Ev Wenrick 474-0026, (W) 479-2494
Title: Stew on the Slough

Meet: 11 am at the Chena Pump Road picnic
park
Stride or skate up one of the Tanana River
sloughs to a warm wall tent to enjoy a
steaming bowl of stew courtesy of Ev
Wenrick. Beginner Rating. Round trip
between 6 to 10 miles.


Sunday, March 29, 2009 Leader: Frank Keim 451-9308
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Meet: 12 noon on Molly Rd, Park at the
intersection of Waterford and Molly Rd
The tour follows an old mining trail from
Waterford Rd. To the pipeline and down old
Eldorado Creek trail to Goldstream Rd. 3
hours ski, intermediate rating.