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Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate II

1100 ft. to 1500 ft. elevation gain.

Off-Trail Ski Tour

Escape the inauguration hoopla with an off-trail ski tour. Wider track skis or backcountry telemark skis are appropriate for this trip, as will be gaiters and your usual winter day pack with water in insulated containers, snacks and extra layers. We'll head out into the Boise Mountains for a 5 to 6 hour tour, exact location TBD depending on where we think the best snow conditions will be.

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/20/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi 208 859 2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Winter Weekend in McCall

Have you ever been playing in the snow near McCall and wished you could stay another day? This is your chance! We have reserved a heated bunkhouse on the shores of Payette Lake. The rustic log structure is adjacent to plowed parking and will cost about $30 per person for both nights with full occupancy.

Because we purchase liability insurance and pay a non-refundable deposit for the cabin, payment must be made in advance by Monday, January 30th - contact us for details.

We will drive from Boise on Friday afternoon (about 110 miles, 2.5 hours). Saturday and Sunday are open for activities depending on the group: snowshoe or ski to the adjacent Ponderosa State Park or at one of the other nearby groomed areas (trail fees), tour the Winter Carnival snow sculptures, ski at Brundage (lift pass) or join us for backcountry skiing.

Folks who join us for backcountry skiing must have avalanche training, probe, a triple antenna beacon, shovel, climbing skins, strong intermediate ski skills, and backcountry touring skis, Telemark gear or an Alpine touring/Randonee set up.

In the past we formed a subgroup of people interested in track skiing and/or snowshoeing, and a subgroup interested in backcountry skiing who could also track/skate ski. We can be flexible about destinations depending on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions.

We will have an education/training aspect to this event depending on activities: avalanche field session, snow shelter construction, and/or winter safety review.

Deadline to sign up is January 30th.

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/03/2017 - 9:00am - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up by Monday January 30th.

Nordic Ski Tour

Last Saturday's trip was so much fun that we are returning to once again link up the Goldfork East and Banner Ridge Park-n-Ski areas. This tour on classic skis will cover about 15 miles on intermediate terrain. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/01/2014 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Email Judi (jsteciak at hotmail dot com) to sign up.

Banner Ridge XC Ski

Join me Saturday February 20th to ski the Banner Ridge loop, an approximate 7.5 mile loop with 750’ of climb to the top then mostly downhill or flat back to the parking area. The trails were groomed last weekend but were icy under the tree’d areas so be advised that conditions probably won’t be perfect. Bring the 10 IMR essentials plus at least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, and dress in layers as the climb can be quite warm but the downhill cool. I would class this as a Moderate II due to the initial climb to the top of Banner Ridge. We’ll leave from an east side Boise location about 9:00 AM with an expected return of around 4:00 PM.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/20/2010 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Martin:

Home (208) 939-0317

Cell (208) 841-6026

Winter Camping 101

On Saturday we’ll start from the Banner Park and Ski, ski up to the Banner Yurt , continue to the east past the groomed area and snow camp. On Sunday we will ski to the summit of Archie Mountain, break camp and ski out. Total distance ~14 miles and ~2,000 ft elevation gain. Participation open to intermediate skiers who attended the IMR December winter camping meeting and have proper gear (4-season tent, sleeping bag, clothing, transceivers, shovel, probe poles, etc.). This trip is appropriate for backcountry touring skis or lightweight Telemark gear. No dogs.

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/09/2008 (All day) - Sun, 02/10/2008 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Judi and Carl, 331-9774

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