Introduction to Skate Skiing

Friday, February 2nd

5:00pm                 - Meet at OA and gear up for skate skiing

5:30pm                 - Head to Birch Hill and start skiing

7:30pm                 - Return to UAF


Trip description:

Do you want to learn how to skate ski?  Come out with us over to Birch Hill.  We supply the skate skiing gear and start you out on the right track with this fun style of cross country skiing.  Skate skiing is fun and fast, but can be frustratingly difficult without a few pointers as you begin to learn.  You will work hard so wear athletic outdoor clothing and bring a puffy to put on after if you are sweaty. 


Things to bring:

  • Skate Skis, Boots and Poles
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear tops and bottoms
  • Softshell jacket or wind jacket
  • Light fleece jacket
  • Puffy coat for after skiing
  • Synthetic pants that block some wind
  • Warm winter gloves or mittens
  • Warm (wool or synthetic) socks
  • Thin wool or fleece hat
  • Neck gaiter
  • Snacks and water

Bold Items can be provided by OA as a part of the trip.


Refund Policy:

Payment in full is required to sign up for a trip.  A 100% refund is available if you notify the Outdoor Adventures office of the cancellation more than two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the trip.  Cancellation one week to 3 days (13 to 3 days) before the trip entitles the participant to a 50% refund. No refund is provided if the participant does not show up or cancels 2 days prior to the trip.


Safety and Risk Management:

Due to the nature of outdoor travel there are certain inherent risks in all of Outdoor Adventures’ trips.  Acceptable risks include but are not limited to; hiking or skiing over rough uneven terrain with a backpack on, hiking or skiing up and down steep inclines with rough or icy surfaces, natural and manmade hazards (such as trees, rocks, power poles, fences, and equipment), other skiers on the trails, wildlife on the trails, having wet feet and clothing in the winter.  Conditions may include below freezing temperatures, snowstorms, rain, sleet and high winds.  Driving risks may include slick roads, poor visibility and wildlife.  Alaska is a wild place - you need to take ultimate responsibility for your own safety as only you can. For your protection we require you to carry health insurance.  You can purchase insurance for $2.60/day from the University (ask for details). All info is subject to change due to safety, weather, current conditions, etc.!