BikeSkiers [and new folks who are not on a list-serve]: I just sent this message to Cayuga Nordic Ski Club. We will most likely have a couple of new faces tomorrow night, despite the prediction of single digits temps. So come on out and make the new folks feel welcome. :-)
“I am scheduled to lead a club tour every Thursday night in January starting at 6:30 pm departing from my home. We own property that borders Hammond Hill State Forest. Conditions look good for skiing but it will be cold! Please check the weather forecast and dress for the temperature http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=14817
Gear and Skill level - Apologies, but the night time skis are not for beginners. On the other hand I am not particularly a speed freak myself … so you don’t need to be in racing condition to join us. Just quite fit. I use recreational style back country skis, not the skinny fast ones. Typical loop is about 2+ hours and will include the radio tower as the “high point” literally. Important: You will need a good headlamp - a very modern super bright LED (example http://www.bdel.com/gear/icon.php) or a xenon or halogen is good (NOT a cheap older Tikka type!!). I have some loaner headlamps - email me to reserve one. This is important for safety on downhills in the dark.
Keep an eye on my outdoor BLOG http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/ anytime for conditions near my home and trip reports from my group, informally known as “bikeski” AND trip reports for the Thursday Nights in January - combined group outing. Photos are there too! :-) Here is Thursday 01.08.2009 http://canaaninstitute.org/bikeskiblog/?p=554
Email me please to RSVP and get detailed directions. -Mike :-)”