Upper Hixon: (Winter Conditions) Fair. Minimal snow, but don't let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the trails.
The Gateway: Trails are ok. Some wet/soft spots.
Lower Hixon: (Winter Conditions) Fair. Trails are groomed but remain soft. Please run low PSI, use rock skis, or snowshoe.
Star Wars Galaxy in Upper Hixon: OB1 and Vader are open. Use caution as ice may be present. JEDi and Nerfherder are closed until spring.

Winter Trail Etiquette

By December 23, 2020Uncategorized

Rule #1: Be nice to other skiers.
Faster skiers and skiers on the downhill have the right of way. If that’s you, it’s good to politely call out “track,” “hup,” or my favorite method “on your left,” or “on your right” to warn those ahead that you’re coming. One of the cool things about skiing is that beginners and Olympians often share the same trails. With that comes different skill levels and speeds and the need for increased communication.
Rule #2: Be nice to the trails.
It’s hard work maintaining and grooming ski trails. In a lot of communities this task falls on volunteers making it important to keep the trails nice.
Please leave that dog at home if your ski area doesn’t allow them or if the tracks are soft. If you do ski with a dog try to keep it under control. You wouldn’t want the dog chasing other skiers or knocking them over. And please, if the pooch makes a mess on the trail do your best to clean it up.
We all fall, if you fall and leave a few massive dents on the trails be sure to fill them in and try to ‘cover your butt’…marks with snow.
Pack out any garbage.
Try not to walk or snowshoe on groomed trails, especially in classic tracks. If you do have to walk or snowshoe, walk as far to the side of the trail as possible. If you’re skating, try to avoid the classic tracks, don’t be that person who skates in them.
Rule #3: Go the right way on designated one-way trails.
Sometimes we get tired of skiing the same trails over and over again and it’s tempting to ski a one-way trail the opposite way for a change of scenery. But, there’s a reason the trail is one-way so try to ski the trail the right direction. In most cases trails are set up like this to avoid collisions with other skiers on a gnarly downhill or other obstacles.
Rule #4: Stop in safe places.
Cross-country skiing is hard work and we all need to stop sometimes to sip some water or apply more kick wax. If you do stop along the trail, get as far off to the side as possible to allow others to ski past. Try pushing it up and over a hill and stopping once you’re done gliding on the downhill side to avoid annoying Saturday morning top-of-the hill gridlock.
Many ski areas have their own rules, and we’ve just covered the basics here. One of the coolest things about cross-country skiing is the diversity in ages, techniques and skill level on the trails and as a result it’s important to respect others on the trails and respect the trails.

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