Report from Tour Leader Joel Young:
The number of attendees were low this year but the company was fun! We had one other participant plus myself and Stan Justice. I’m sure the fresh powder had people either staying home or heading to the ski slopes rather than attempting a long cross country ski tour (outside of those competing in the Chena River to Ridge!)
Anyway, the fresh snow made for excellent classic ski conditions. Stan groomed and tracked the length of the trail the night before so we were only breaking through about an inch of powder at any given time with plenty of bite to control all of our descents. Temps were just right and the wax held throughout.
Stan provided great historical and relevant details along the way and I continued to learn something new about the history of the trail. I encourage anyone who wants to get out there but couldn’t this past weekend to study the map and give it a whirl. It is a beautiful trail and I am happy to answer questions for anyone attempting to go solo. Ski on!
Touring Coordinator note: If you want to try the Skarland 12-Mile Ski Trail, but are uncertain where it goes, you can use the Trail Forks app on your phone. Just remember to keep your phone warm! Here’s a direct link to the Skarland route: