Trail Report: Tie City 4.23.15

I thought it was time to hang up our snowshoes and cross-country skis but Mother Nature had other plans. For that we are thankful! This morning we headed up to the Tie City trailhead to snowshoe with our local hiking group. {Insert shameless plug...if you have kids and like to hike and live in the Laramie or Cheyenne area you're all invited to come hike with us!} Here are the current trail conditions from the Tie City trailhead. Be forewarned that currently the roads to the trailhead (and the Happy Jack trailhead) have not been plowed so be prepared to park & gear-up…

Trail Report: Tie City Trail Network 2-22-15

This morning Al said to me "Hey, Rebecca you should go skiing. I'll hang out with the boys but you should go and have some fun." I wanted to go skiing, and the offer of a few hours of kid-free skiing was too good to pass up but I also wanted to sit in front of the fireplace wrapped in a fleece blanket working on my new baby, the Hike Like A Woman website. Finally about 10:30 I peeled myself from the couch, changed into my ski clothes and headed up the mountain. And I am so glad I did.…

Trail Report: Tie City Snowshoe Trail

Winter has returned to Pole Mountain, well at least for now. This morning we loaded up the car and headed to the Tie City to snowshoe along the multi-use snowshoe trail. It was a beautiful morning. Here were the current trail conditions: Date: 2/18/15 Time: 9-10 am MST Temperature: 25-30°F & warming up Weather: Sunny with a few scattered clouds Wind: Breezy but not knock you on your ass windy Trail Snowshoed: Multi-use trail (perfect for fat bikes and snowshoes) Snowpack: Windblown and balding on the summit (how's that for creative writing) but surprisingly nice and deep through the forest. Snow…

What Happened When I Left My iPhone At Home

Yesterday afternoon I took my kids cross-country skiing at Tie City. After loading the car with clothing, ski's, poles, the Chariot, snacks, water and ski boots we were off. Happily driving up the mountain to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Then something crazy happened. I pulled into the trailhead, looked in my pack and could not find my beloved iPhone. I remembered that I had left it at home, right on the kitchen counter where I had last been using it to take a picture of my kids eating apples (I know, now that I'm writing this that seems…

The Cross-Country Skiers Guide to Laramie, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming. It doesn't seem like a ski town, right? People come to Laramie to catch a football game or to get smashed at the brewfest during Jubilee Days, they don't come here to ski. But they should and here's why. Our ski trails are awesome!  (you might get blown off the parking lot at the Tie City trailhead but that's part of the experience right?) Sure we're not Canmore, Alberta or West Yellowstone, Montana...places known for their amazing nordic skiing. We also don't have any fancy schmanzy ski lodges with hot chocolate, handsome foreign ski instructors named Sven, and ski rentals. But…

How to Cross-Country Ski

If you're a beginning cross-country skier you've come to the right place! Check out our series on cross-country skiing. 4 Reasons to Cross-Country Ski 5 Things You Never Knew About Nordic Skiing How to Acquire Used XC  Ski Equipment How to Select XC Ski Poles How to Select XC Ski Boots & Bindings How to Select XC Ski's How to Find Your Kick Zone How to Apply Kick Wax How to Apply Glide Wax What to Put in Your XC Ski Wax Kit What to Wear XC Skiing What to Pack for a Day of XC Skiing Etiquette on the…

Trail’ology: When to turn back and call it a day

We've all heard the horror stories, when summit fever occurs and a trekker refuses to turn back even though their odds of surviving (or reaching the summit) are slim. Today on trail'ology we're talking about how this relates to those of us who aren't epic mountaineers, just normal people who like to explore. Yesterday we decided to pack the kid's up and head up into the Snowy Range for a little bit of cross-country skiing. We haven't skied up Barber Lake Road yet this winter so we decided to give it a try. There was only one problem. Our adventure…

Question: How do you stay warm during winter adventures?

As part of our Monday morning trail'logy series I thought I'd do something just a tad bit different. I was thinking about writing a post with our favorite tips for staying warm while we cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike or just wander around outside in frigid temperatures. As I was preparing the post I thought to myself, "I bet our readers have a ton of great ideas too!" So, if you've got a great tip, trick or way that you stay warm in the winter leave a comment below. We'll publish your tip next week with our big awesome post about…

How To Teach a Toddler to XC Ski

This is the final post of our Cross-Country ski series for the winter. I like to think that we saved the best topic for last. It's also a topic that probably applies to just a few of our readers. Today's post is about teaching a toddler to ski. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of wearing my red and white polar bear ski's inside of my parents house and moving awkwardly on ski's across the backyard. I'd even take them outside in the summer and try to ski on grass. My ski's were one of my favorite "toys"--in fact…

3 XC Ski Tips for Beginners

If you're new to the sport of cross-country skiing it can be a bit overwhelming thinking about everything from equipment to putting the actual mechanics of how to ski together. As I've coached new skiers ranging in age from toddlers to grandparents I've noticed a few trends out on the trails. Today's blog post is all about the best ski tips for beginners. 1) For a new skier figuring out balance on cross-country skis can be tricky. We need to be able to shift our weight to balance and glide on one ski and then the other ski. This is…