Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trail Work for the Baby

Meteorologists are calling for an El Nino this winter, or maybe a La Nada.  Either way, we can't count on the luxury of the feet upon feet of snow that we've had the last couple of years.  That means a well-maintained trail is even more important, so we can ski on minimal amounts of snow.

The Cabin Creek trail system is a fantastic course and fun to ski on, whether you're an afternoon tourer out for some exercise or a hard-core animal maxing your heart rate in a race.  But just like you, the trails weren't born fantastic; they got that way through a lot of hours of physical, hands-on labor out in the fresh mountain air.  And guess what -- this Saturday we have a chance to do it again, get outside and get dirty and work hard and make the trails all ready for whatever El Nino brings us!

So you and you and you and everyone who skis on the trails are invited to join us!  Whether you're a chainsaw artist or a wizard with the pick axe and shovel, whether you'd rather move rocks or throw branches or clear brush or plant groundcover, whether you're young or old or weak or strong, trail chief Glenn Tomchik has a project for you.  We'll gather in the cabin between 9:00 and 10:00 on Saturday morning, but if you can't get there by then, come anyway -- Anna Louise will stay in the cabin all day, directing people to work locations out on the trails.  We have a special treat for lunch: master chef Leah Kiviat will be making us pulled beef sandwiches and veggie burgers, pasta salad, potato salad, and green salad -- yum!! -- so the rest of us will bring appetizers and desserts to share and our own drinks. Also bring some snacks and water to get you through the morning, wear sturdy boots or shoes and grubby clothes and heavy gloves, and be ready for a super fun day, joining your friends and making new skiing friends while you get the trails in tip-top shape.  The weather forecast promises a crisp sunshiney fall day, perfect to be up in the mountains building some muscle!

The best part about doing a day of trail work?  This winter, when you're skiing on those trails, you can say, "That's MY trail.  I made that."  It feels so good.

Bonus: Saturday is also Take Your Child Mountain Biking Day!  I'm bringing my mountain bike and taking my inner child out on the trails after lunch.  Who wants to join me?

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