PATHWAYS – BRTA Official Newsletter
· December 29, 2012: First Moonlight Ski of the Season at RL Nordic Center (expect a bonfire!)
· Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5-9 pm BRTA Pint Night at Sam’s Tap Room
Moonlight Ski – This Saturday, Dec. 29
Come enjoy a moonlight ski at the Red Lodge Nordic Center. Ski along the shadow of the aspens then relax by a warm fire. Feel free to contribute (but not necessary) cookies or desert goodies and bring your preferred beverages. Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring a headlamp for this popular winter event. Hope to see you there!
Beartooth Area Cross Country Racing Team
The starting gun to the 2012-13 youth cross country racing year sounded at the Pahaska nordic center near Cody last weekend. Amongst the roughly 200 Wyoming high school and middle school cross country racers were three very enthused local youths competing proudly for Red Lodge Nordic. Outfitted in eye-catchingrace suits designed by Paul Otsu and emblazoned with the Red Lodge name were Eric and Anna Dye of Red Lodge as well as Rita Stevenson of Silesia, competing in two days of officiated points races in both skate and classic styles.
Our troubled website link to Paypal has been corrected and those of you who would like to donate to BRTA can now do so online. Go to www.beartoothtrails.org and click to donate on the right side of the page.
(We are still unable to offer season pass payments online).
Sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you all for your continued support of BRTA, and have a great and active 2013!
· The latest opening of RL Nordic Center in memory was Dec. 30, ’06.
· Glenn Schnell created Red Lodge Nordic Center 28 years ago.
· We have had 190 sign-ins at RL Nordic Center so far this year.
Body position is super important in all types of skiing, for beginners through experts. In classic cross country and skate skiing, flexing at the ankles to lean your upper body way forward is the most important thing you can do to improve your skiing. Always work on trying to align your chin over your knee and your knee over your toes (“knees, nose, toes”). But do not bend at the waist to get out front. Get that pelvis as far forward as possible, too.
This position improves your glide because it gets your body mass over the fronts of your feet, thereby centering the pressure along the entire ski. It also maximizes your kick as you press on the center of the kick pocket (or the center of your skate ski).
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.