UPDATE: Bad Bob has a new ridge-top trail atop Moose Mountain to show off! Lots of views!
Put this on your calendar! Bad Bob and Sharon Baker are again offering their Moose Mountain Sunrise Ski Tour in December.
Fortunately, the course has had plenty for snow for some time. Unfortunately, the pandemic is still with us, so COVID-19 safety protocols will still be followed. Details below.
The Moose Mountain Sunrise tour offers cross-country skiers a hilly course on which to greet the winter sun. This tour follows an out-and-back course that goes to the top of Moose Mountain and beyond (but only if you want to go that far).
Details are below and can also be found on the NSCF Facebook Events.
Fifth Annual Moose Mountain Sunrise Tour
When: Saturday, December 18
Start time and place: Tour begins at 10 a.m. SHARP! Meet at the intersection of Moose Mountain and Monteverde roads (about 2.5 miles up Moose from Spinach Creek Road). Parking will be along Monteverde Road. There will be a NSCF sign at the parking area. A quick talk and description will be given at 10 a.m. at the parking area. (Google Maps pin at meeting area: https://goo.gl/maps/LdagoT9hNEDZJaPv5)
Estimated tour time: 2-4 hours, 2-10 miles
Description: The tour is an out-and-back affair, beginning from the parking area. The goal is to arrive at the ridgeline by SUNRISE @ 11 a.m. and to ski along the top, enjoying the view of the sunrise and the Alaska Range with the vast Tanana Valley in the foreground. Then return back to the parking area.
The course will be freshly groomed and combed that morning. The trail is wide enough to skate if you choose, but classic is much less effort, though there are no classic tracks. The first two kilometers of the tour is all uphill, then it’s large rolling up and downs with plenty of room for snowplowing.
This tour is not for beginners, skiers should be confident in their downhill skiing abilities. The tour course will be groomed as far as 10 kilometers, so that would be a 20-kilometer ski. However, it’s an out-and-back tour, so participants can turn around and head back whenever they wish.
There is no cut-off temperature, and often the temperatures up on Moose Mountain can be 30 degrees warmer than in Fairbanks. Bring a shell in case of windy conditions. Please R.S.V.P. with Bob and Sharon Baker.
A map of the trail(s) can be found here.
COVID-19: COVID 19 is still with us, so face coverings are required along with social distancing. (Ski poles from outstretched arms are a good measuring stick.) Please do not carpool unless with members from the same household.
Leaders: Bob and Sharon Baker @ 907/455-6689