Nordic Ski, 5 February, 2017
Nine Cache Hiker skiers met for the Sink Hollow/ Beaver Bottoms Nordic ski outing: Dave W., Jane, Dave P., Nikolai, Deanna, Chris, Alex, Maggie, and Dan (the leader). After car pooling up to the parking lot Dave W. applied the magic wax to our skis preventing the fresh but warm and sticky snow from slowing us down. The time was 11 a.m. and the weather was warm and cloudy with some moderate wind.
We kicked and glided up the trail toward Sink Hollow breaking into three groups. Alex took off on his own, intent on doing two laps before lunch. Dave P., Deanna, Nikolai and Dan stayed to the left branch of the loop and Jane, Dave W., Chris and Maggie stayed to the right. After a mostly uphill effort the groups met near the top of the sink hollow loop. An ermine was seen by the "right hand" group. Deanna, Dave P., Nikolai and Dan continued around and down the right hand side which included a fairly decent downhill stretch. Deanna took a challenging off-track descent. Not all of us got down without falling. Completing the upper loop, all skiers met at the cars for lunch.
After lunch we crossed the road to experience the Beaver Bottoms loop. The trail led uphill across a large meadow and into the woods below Beaver Mountain ski area before turning downhill. The trail looped down toward the highway and then back up to the parking lot where we finished, taking off our skis and packing up. We had completed about 4.3 miles and climbed/descended over 400 ft.
We returned to Logan about 3 pm.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative and GPS work and Dan and Dave W. for photos.