Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate II

1100 ft. to 1500 ft. elevation gain.


Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate II Trips

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.

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.

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.

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.