Jemez ski opportunities look the best they have in years. Come join me in a ski outing at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. We will be making use of one of two free access points right off Highway 4. These are only available in the winter. With the expected snow over the next few days, conditions should be very good Saturday for a day of kick-and-glide type skiing.
This will be my first experience with these "free access" spots, so it will be an exploratory day. If the opportunities there turn out to be too limited, I may finish the day with a three mile loop at the Coyote Call trail - also free, also part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. To do the whole loop at Coyote Call, skins of some sort are needed for a short stretch of steep climb. The other option is to go in to that steep point and turn around, as it is almost half-way.
This outing will have less than 1000ft. elevation gain (club class 1), but will likely have option to do more than 5 miles (making it club class 1 or class 2). Be on time; we will depart as shortly after 8:30 as we have car-pools organized. Be prepared to drive or pay your carpool driver about $8.00 ($.05/mile x 160 miles?)
This outing is NOT APPROPRIATE for someone who has never skied before. For those individuals I highly recommend the Beginner Classroom session next week (open to all) and the Beginner On-The-Snow session (open to Ski Club members).
Event end time is bogus; TBD - but had to fill in something in the electronic form.
Meeting on the west side of the Target at Paseo and I-25.