What do the Simple Folk Do #6? They Cross Country or Downhill Ski!

Atkisson Snow Trails, Washington: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/eKvInzxpA96rRwQxfyBnk9V3

Check out our Route on the link above! A great Classic ski area near Mt. Adams in Washington, with separate trail systems by snow mobile and XC skiers. The cross country trails are groomed frequently and the signage is goo so you won’t get lost. Toilets are available and you pass the Trout Lake Ranger station on the road into the trails and parking so you can buy your snow-park permit right there if you don’t have one.

Parking sign, Trail map to photograph and take with your route, forest trail, Buddy Ken at Natural Arch

Old Man Pass Snow Trails, Washington : https://www.gaiagps.com/public/ToFJt1WZTf4qjYiMMDUvPVvk

Check out this route on the link above: Trails at the top of Old Man Pass which is North of Carson, Washington.This is a bit more of a back-country break your own trail area as any grooming is done more infrequently on the Classic XC ski trails which go everywhere. Signs are not as well marked, so you will want to take your picture of the trail routes ahead of time. With our trip we had figures about a 6 mile trip and because of ice jams on the creeks or bridges washed out, we ended up doing over 8 miles with alternative routes. Take your backpack with the requisites for an emergency overnight if something goes belly-up on routes like this.

Map of the Area, Meadows stop, half-way, (we thought), Ken & David snack before long road back

Mount Hood Meadows Nordic Trails: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/H2OEA3Mt5e0piBTCct03QGTU

Oregon XCCheck out one of my routes at Meadows on the link above: Oregon’s Mount Hood Meadows has an excellent Hood River Meadows Nordic set of groomed trails that can give you an XC ski workout either Skating or Classic style on wide trails for over 8 miles with good elevation changes that give opportunities for Green, Blue, and Black Diamond challenges for everyone. Mid-week it’s got plenty of space and open trails which is very different from the Teacup Lake XC area (see: https://teacupnordic.org ) only a mile away on the other side of Highway 35 out of Hood River, Oregon. Meadows also has a whole line-up of ski, boot and pole rentals as well as instructional classes for beginners and advanced skiers at their Hut with toilets and snacks as well as snow-park passes if you need one. Just South of Meadows and across the road off Highway 35 is Bennett Pass trailhead which again is a back country type not groomed set of old logging roads and trials for the hardy adventurer. This set of trails also connects into the Teacup Lake set of trails several miles away to the North on the same side of the road. Be prepared to break your own trails. Here are some pics from the Bennett Pass day with buddies Ken and David,

Buddy David (front) and me, David crossing avalanche chute me waiting, Buddy Ken near big drifts

Mt. Hood Meadows Downhill Skiing: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/bc05OtB70pjj8NXyIeRNZiQ2

Check out a particular day’s routes on the Downhill at link above: Mt. Hood Meadows is a destination type resort: link – https://www.facebook.com/MtHoodMeadows/ . We go up as often as we can and ski most of the whole mountain depending on wind, snow conditions and our own 70+ energy level on particular days.

My wife, Jill @ Top of Shooting star, Looking N, @ top of Cascade, and S. @ Cascade, Ice on Texas Trail.

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