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Posted on: January 13, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Outdoor Program Opens Door to Nature in Winter

Recreation Services’ Outdoor Program makes it easy for residents to enjoy nature in winter by offering classes in crosscountry skiing. Individuals new to the activity can enroll in the Level I Touring class, where they will learn the skills needed for competent cross-country skiing, on and off the trail: slide, glide, turn and stop.

Those with some experience can enroll in the Level II class, which has been called “the confidence builder,” because it’s designed to help students develop control on hills and efficiency on the flats. Space is still available in either class; both are offered on Jan. 17, and repeated on Feb. 7.

To ensure that participants are prepared for the day-long outing, both classes require attendance at a pre-trip meeting from 7 - 9 p.m., on the Wednesday before the outing, where they will learn what to wear, how to wax skis and make emergency repairs, and more. Students should rent equipment for either class. The $49 fee includes instruction, transportation to the mountain, and trail passes. For more information, call Roger Bailey at the River House, at 541-682-5329.

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