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October 2012

6th Annual Ski & Gear Swap

Who: All outdoor enthusiasts, young and not, whether trying out a new sport or expanding/exchanging their current gear, or families outfitting kids.
What: Outdoor gear in good condition will be accepted for swapping including, but not limited to, camping, biking, climbing, kayaking, soccer, hockey, snowboarding, cross country and alpine skiing.
When: Saturday, Nov. 3  11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Those who wish to sell their gear may check items in Friday evening, November 2, from 5-7 p.m. or Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m.
Where: Red Lodge Civic Center, located at the corner of 14th and Oakes.
Also: 1) Red Lodge Nordic Center Season Passes for sale. 2) A limited quantity of youth season cross country ski rental packages at the Swap. 3) Sylvan Peak will be on hand selling plenty of new and gently used gear from their store at bargain prices. 4) Red Lodge Mountain has a few surprises of their own for the event. 5) Swappers will be able to buy coffee and treats from Coffee Factory Roasters.
Funds raised at the Swap will help BRTA purchase and maintain grooming equipment for the Red Lodge Nordic Center, assist with general summer and winter trail maintenance, and aid in further expansion of  existing trail system in and around Red Lodge.

Nordic Center News

The Red Lodge Nordic Center at Aspen Ridge Ranch is gearing up for another great year. The new owners of ARR, Andy and Storey Hart, have given BRTA a very warm welcome. We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship. They are developing a complete horse program that includes boarding and training. Construction of a new indoor riding arena has begun. ARR promises be an exciting center for summer and winter recreation!
Riding high on last winter’s record number of skiers, as well as our very popular Kids Program, adult ski clinics and our huge Kids Fun Day that attracted the largest number of skiers ever, BRTA’s Winter Trails Committee is ready to go with another great schedule of events.
Our successful Kids Free Ski Program will again be offered along with a kids seasonal ski rental program. Moonlight skis, ski clinics, and special events are on the schedule. Check out our website at: for Nordic Center grooming updates, maps, directions, fees, season passes and event schedules.
Kids’ Nordic Rentals
The BRTA Youth Nordic Ski Rental Program is designed to entice local kids to try cross-country sking by providing inexpensive equipment for the season. Our ski packages are available for youth about 5-12 years of age up to size euro 43 shoe size. This program is for families that live in the Red Lodge area.
Kids ski rentals can be picked up on November 3rd at the Civic Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Enter through the back door of the Civic Center. This way you can get the kid’s rentals, stash them in your car and still be ready to shop the Swap at 11 am (through the front door)!
BRING YOUR CHILD WITH YOU if at all possible. If not, make certain to have the following information:
• shoe size for boots
• weight
• height from floor to armpit for poles
(Only) if you are unable to attend the swap, and want ski equipment for your child, please contact Janet Peterson prior to the event at (406) 425-3806 or
BRTA will be surveying to determine interest in adding skate skis to the kids season ski rental program. Skate skis will have NNN bindings so kids must have boots for this binding  system. Skate boots and poles will not be available. If there is enough interest, an order will be placed by mid-November with December delivery. Contact Cathie Osmun at (406) 446-2791, or talk to her at the swap.
The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation may have funds available to individuals to pay for things like the ski rentals. Contact Tracy Timmons at (406) 446-2820 or

MCC Crews
Montana Conservation Corps helped finish the Face Of The Mountain Forest Service trail south of Red Lodge this September! You can now enjoy that trail 8 continuous miles between Meeteetse Trail Road and Line Cabin near the WY border.

Fun Run Donations
Thanks to you 78 supporters of BRTA for donating through Fun Run 9. We received over $2400 from you plus $700 from match funds for a total of $3100!  We will continue to promote summer and winter trails in and around Red Lodge with these donations. And thank you, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation for organizing and bringing in a record $195,000 to local nonprofits.

Grant’s Tip: LAYERING
Wearing clothes appropriate for a variety of weather conditions can save you misery in mountain or winter weather. We often workout in cold or wet conditions, so layering becomes important. We create heat and sweat while exercising. Moisture evaporating off the skin creates cooling;  but if it’s not a hot summer day, we can get too cool in a big hurry, especially with wind. It is more comfortable and efficient to get rid of that heat by wearing lightweight, wicking clothing next to the skin (a base layer). If needed, a warmer second layer adds insulation. When we stop for lunch, for an emergency, to wait for a partner, to rest, etc., we will cool down and need to put on more insulation…maybe a down insulated or a hard shell or soft shell jacket. Outdoor clothing brands offer “waterproof and breathable” outer layers, but it is generally understood that 100% waterproof and breathable is never achieved. The more waterproof is is, the less breathable it is, and vice-versa. “Windproof” clothing is also available and is effective in varying degrees.
We want all our clothing to be as lightweight, wicking and insulating as possible for human-powered activities outdoors. (“Cotton kills” means cotton clothing can contribute to hypothermia because is does not transfer moisture away from the skin).
You will find lots of synthetic and lightweight wool blend clothing available to achieve a useful layering wardrobe for your outdoor activity.
Be ready. Take everything you will need in your pack, like food, water, maybe a hot drink, clothing, including a hot hat and mittens, and a headlamp (it gets dark early in the winter!)  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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.