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Ski Touring Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (STS)

March 2019 Upslope Newsletter Published.
What's inside:

Après Ski Party and Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 7, 4 PM to ???
Quality Skiing in New Hampshire in January
Skiing Hut-to-Hut in Maine
Wintery Wanderings in West Virginia Highlands
New Trail Groomers in the Laurel Highlands
Skiing in North Creek, New York
Reports on the White Grass and Laurel Highlands Work Trips

STS Annual Meeting and Après-Ski Social, AKA Party Time!!!.

posted 3-25-2019

When: Four PM Annual Meeting & Five PM Party, Sunday, April 7, 2019

Where: See our March 2019 Upslope Newsletter for directions.

The annual meeting takes place at 4 P. M. Everyone is welcomed to attend and learn more about how the Ski Touring Section functions. If you are a skier interested in leading a future trip, please attend and discuss where you would like to go with the group and the Section's Trip Coordinator. The meeting will include election of officers for the coming year.

Those with proposed trips and good digital photos of STS outings are encouraged to bring them on a memory device to share with others. We will have a digital projector available.

The après-ski social will begin at 5 p.m. It is a pot luck event, so please bring a dish of one of your favorite foods to share. The Section will provide the beverages. As has become our tradition, in addition to the good food, we’ll enjoy the fun of reliving this year's trips, and a reunion with your trip participants. And there is always talk about what trips are likely to be offered next winter!

Woodlands Hostel (the Earth Shelter) 44 miles south of Canaan Valley, WV has for the first time over night winter rentals with 5 miles of trails and rentals for snow shoeing. Bring your own skies and read their site for which public roads will be open. You can summit Spruce Knob, WV from there. posted 12-06-2018

PA DCNR State Parks Winter Report. Search by activity. Already listed are two snows and 5 locations for November but, none with enough snow for us. Be sure you get to the end of the report. HOWEVER Laurel Ridge State Park was open one weekend for skiing and was not listed. Some links for finding this page are in error. posted 12-06-2018, Web Master

There's a nice article in this weekend's Washington Post Travel section.  This is the newspaper's annual Ski Issue, and I was pleased to see that they gave major attention to Nordic skiing as well as downhill.  Author is Walter Nicklin, who is based in both Virginia and Maine.  There's a nice tip of the hat to Chip at White Grass in Canaan Valley WV.  The article's title is "To keep going, cross-country enthusiasts must warm up to climate change".  Meaty stuff.

Rob Swennes

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posted 8-20-2018

When : Saturday, November 3, 2018, 12:30-4:30 P.M.

Where: PATC Headquarters, 118 Park Street, SE, Vienna, VA (Directions below)

It’s been a long hot summer, and maybe you’ve caught yourself gazing longingly at your skis, dreaming of the cool seasons ahead. You are not alone! Join the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s Ski Touring Section as we kick off the coming season with our annual Ski Fair. Whether you’re looking for basic information about cross country skiing or gear, want to know more about local destinations, or interested in joining one of our many regional or out-of-area trips, you’ll find it on Saturday, November 3, 12:30-4:30 at the PATC offices, 118 Park Street, SE, in Vienna, VA (directions below).

Catch up with old friends and new and be among the first to sign up for trips scheduled from December 2018 through March 2019. STS trips are a travel bargain, fun, friendly and led by members with years of experience. Consider yourself a Nord-wannabe? No problem! We have learn-to-ski trips designed just for you.

Bring healthy and not-so healthy snacks to share with others at the Fair. (For last-minute shoppers, there’s a Giant 2 blocks north (RT 128 and Branch Road SE) and a Whole Foods (across Park Street). STS will provide coffee, tea and sodas. Enjoy talks on ski gear, ski destinations and score some bargains on used ski gear while you’re at it.

DIRECTIONS: The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) headquarters, 118 Park Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180 [directly in front of the Safeway which itself is on the corner of Park & Maple Sts. (VA Rt.123) in Vienna, VA

By Car: Once you find the intersection of Interstate 66 and Interstate 495 (a.k.a. the Washington Beltway), take the Nutley Street North (VA Rt. 243) exit roughly two miles outside the Beltway. Go north just over 1 mile passing two traffic lights. When you get to the third light, turn right onto Route 123 (alias Maple Avenue). Continue in the right-hand lane for about ¾ mile or count traffic lights. When you reach the fourth light, turn right onto Park Street. The PATC headquarters is the second building on the left, a red brick two-story structure with parking in front and behind. There is ample parking in the area.

By Bike: Yes, many of our members enjoy other forms of self-propelled transportation, and reaching PATC headquarters couldn’t be easier. Take the Washington & Old Dominion Trail to Vienna. Where the trail crosses Park Street, turn north (right) and ride roughly a block and a half until you see the headquarters on your right at 118 Park Street. Lock up, and come on inside; helmet hair and Lycra are welcome!

Up coming events, trip reports and general articles of interest are also found in our newsletters see the UPSLOPE link and on our TRIPS page .