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Here’s…Winter!

 

Upcoming Events

  • December 29, 2012:  First Moonlight Ski of the Season at RL Nordic Center (expect a bonfire!)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 5-9 pm BRTA Pint Night at Sam’s Tap Room

Getting Your Nordic Season Pass

In anticipation of a great Nordic ski season,  BRTA has begun issuing season passes to the Nordic Center.  The best way to get your pass is to go to the BRTA website:  http://www.beartoothtrails.org , click on Nordic Center then Daily Fees & Passes.  Follow the link at the bottom to  Print, complete and send back the Season Pass Form.  Or you can just complete the entire process online if you prefer.

With the help of donations and grants we are happy to announce that we’ve been able to keep our pass rates low.  The costs are $40 for an Individual and $80 for a Family pass.  Seniors over the age of 65 who return a completed Season Pass Form will receive a free pass.  Non pass holders pay a $5 fee each time they ski and risk frost bite as they fumble for their cash.  So all around this is a great deal!

Once your season pass application is processed you will receive an email confirmation from gretnolan@aol.com.  Please enter that email in your contacts so that your confirmation doesn’t get directed to your spam folder.   Also, your name and pass number will be added to an alphabetized list that we post at the Nordic Center Kiosk.  The list will be updated periodically as new passes are issued.

Winter is the most expensive time for BRTA because of all the costs associated with running the Nordic Center (e.g. equipment purchase, operation and maintenance, facility rent, potties, etc.)  Your season pass purchase will assure that we can operate the Nordic Center smoothly for another season.

Our groomers, by the way, are all volunteers.  Please be sure to give them a thumbs up when you see them on the trail.

Nordic Center News

Where is the snow? The Nordic Center is ready to go-except for that. Our famous expert grooming team is standing by and ready (usually over at Sam’s). Skiers are looking to weather and ski reports for any sign that we’ll get the white stuff. We’d all be happy with just a little bit. Actually, we did get some snow recently and a few eager and lucky skiers managed to get some time in on a few rolled trails.

Red Lodge Mountain again supplied a talented and hard-working crew to helpwith the set up that has been tougher than usual this year. The first day volunteers were met by bitter cold. Since then, two wind events knocked down most of the snow fence.

The other task has been to deal with all  the “horse apples” that are left by the 22 horses still using the pastures. Poop patrol teams were dispersed, armed with hockey sticks, golf clubs and rakes to level and spread the piles. If left to freeze, the tall piles would be an obstacle to grooming. Regarding the horses, since we can’t groom and ski, we have agreed to let the horses remain on pasture. Moving them off means feeding them hay. As soon as we receive a good, hard, cold snow adequate for grooming and skiing, the horses will be re-located. So, feel free to hike the trails. It’s ok to use the parking lot, just please CLOSE THE GATE after you enter. You might find yourself followed by 20 curious horses. And: someone, MAKE IT SNOW!

New Board Member

Jim Stevenson is our newest BRTA Board member. He, wife Lee and daughter Rita live near Silesia. Son Luke attends S.Dakota School of Mines. Their family has deep ties to Red Lodge and the area. Stevensons are very interested in and supportive of BRTA since we have a strong youth ski program. Rita is a Nordic ski racer (one of two in Carbon County) who trains at Red Lodge Nordic Center. We welcome Jim and his get-it-done attitude!

Stats

*According to the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), outdoor recreationists spend $646 BILLION annually! Snow-based recreationists spend $45 billion.

*There are now (2012) over 10 million XC skiers & snowshoers in America.  And 1/3 of XC skiers get into the backcountry.

*The latest we can remember opening the RL Nordic Center is Dec. 30, 2006!

Grant’s Tip:

Hypothermia is a serious condition of lowered body temperature usually caused by extended exposure to cool or cold conditions. Wet skin and wind exacerbate the problem since they increase the speed and intensity of lowering body temperature.

Prime conditions for hypothermia are about 40 degrees F, rain and wind with inadequate clothing causing wet skin; add an inactive body with no food nor drink, an inability to get out of these conditions and a person’s internal body temperature starts decreasing to the low 90′s F. When blood temperature gets this low, it affects brain functioning to the point that one starts making poor decisions:  mumbling, fumbling, stumbling, and losing awareness of the problem. This is a person that is not helping himself. (More serious stages result in life-threatening decrease in organ function, including the brain, as well as loss of motor function).

Mild hypothermia can be addressed by:  getting out of the weather; getting out of wet and into dry, warm clothing; generating body heat by exercise; eating high energy and easily digested food; drinking hot liquids. Some victims will be in denial or noncompliant, so helpers need to be assertive about the remedies.

Of course, prevention is the best cure. Keep safety your highest priority (falling into cold water, injuries, etc.); manage your risk. Be prepared with adequate clothing, food and drink. Study wilderness first aid.

 

Check our website for Nordic Center events coming this season.

Always consider yourself welcome at BRTA monthly Board meetings, second Wednesdays, at the RLACF building, (13th & Oakes), 6:30 pm., or call your favorite Board member to learn what’s up with BRTA.