Inskiers meet at this location in the fall and winter months :
In the fall and winter months, the Inskiers meet at Mimi's Cafe in Foster City. Come and enjoy Mimi's casual atmosphere, good food, and fair prices. (www.mimiscafe.com) We are easy to get to and there is plenty of free parking.
The Inskiers also meet once a month at a member's home for a potluck. The get together is informal and fun. The club provides tableware and everyone bings food to share as announced. The Inskiers potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. and annoucements are made through Yahoo Groups.
An Inskiers skiing travelogue in Montana by resident photojournalist Richard Schnabel with Gail Burns:
Return to Whitefish
A Visit to Glacier Park
I went back to Whitefish last week with David Baird and Gail Burns. Whitefish is the ski resort formerly known as Big Mountain--just north of the town of Whitefish, Montana. They have had another good snow year this season.
We arrived on a Thursday evening into Kalispell, after a long layover in Denver, rented a Subaru SUV, and drove into downtown Whitefish, stopping at Markus Foods for supplies. Markus Foods is a small market, but it has a great selection of wine. So, we bought wine, water, and some other stuff.
Our lodgings for this long weekend were at the Morning Eagle in the upper part of the mountain village. The resort had upgraded our accommodations to a luxury 3-bedroom unit with a full kitchen. The unit was truly ski in ski out, with convenient access to multiple shops and restaurants, and ski rentals nearby at the end of a boardwalk. There was a bar directly across the street. Still, we mostly had dinners with beer and wine at the condo, Gail and Dave did the cooking.
The skiing was excellent, even as the weather was very variable. Friday was a powder day, but foggy. Saturday was sunny, with a dusting of snow, giving Dave a chance to race down the long, long groomers very, very fast. Gail opted to explore Glacier Park that day. Sunday was rainy, and we decided not to ski, but went to Glacier Park as far in as we could drive up the Going-To-The-Sun road. We skied a half day on Monday before checking out.
Here’s what Gail has to say about Glacier Park:
Exploring Glacier National Park
On Saturday morning the stunning blue sky and shining sun beckoned me to explore Glacier National Park. It’s located just 30 miles south of Whitefish ski resort. After a brief stop to rent cross-country skis at the Glacier Nordic Center in Whitefish town, I followed Route 2 along the scenic glacier-fed Flathead River. I stopped to photograph a frozen waterfall along the highway and watched fishermen fishing in the river. In the small town of Hungry Horse, I sampled huckleberry pie at a friendly local diner. Huckleberries grow wild near the lakes and reservoirs and are a favorite among the locals and the bears.
Arriving at the West Entrance of Glacier National Park, the rangers at the Apgar Visitor Center provided maps of the cross-country and snowshoeing trails. They offer twice daily ranger-led snowshoeing tours, and have snowshoes available for rent. As I rounded a corner in the car, my initial view of Lake McDonald--frozen and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks--literally took my breath away.
I photographed the craggy, sheer “Garden Wall” formed by ice-age glaciers:
Following the Going-to-the Sun Road to the upper part of the lake, I parked next to the 1914 Log Lodge and started cross-country skiing on a trail leading to McDonald Falls and Sacred Dancing Cascade. There are parallel cross-country skiing and show-shoe trails along this route. The gentle terrain, ample snow and wonderful winter scenery makes it the most popular skiing area in the park. The few local skiers that I encountered were very friendly. As I glided along the bank of McDonald Creek, I was treated to the sounds of birds and rushing river water, with views of the gorgeous waterfalls.
- Richard Schnabel and Gail Burns
A racing report special to Inskiers from Richard Schnabel . . . .
A Day at the Races
Just in time for spring, winter has arrived in Tahoe. We’ve seen a significant amount of precipitation in the mountains these past few weeks—not all of it has been the powdery stuff we prefer, but this last weekend at Alpine Meadows, it was mostly snow, and we had the some of the best conditions of the season.
Gail and I headed up to the Inskier cabin for the weekend. We picked up David Baird and arrived at the cabin late Friday evening after a forced stop at In-N-Out Burger near Sacramento. David loves In-N-Out Burgers. Brian B was already at the cabin. Gary D arrived with two guests the next day, and we had another companionable Saturday evening with a fine dinner prepared by Gary, Gail and David. We uncorked 6 bottles of red wine. We used the white wine for the carbonara.
Gary recounted his adventures at Burning Man, igniting a spark of an idea for a future Inskier adventure…maybe.
David, Brian, Gail and I headed to Alpine Meadows for the GS races on Sunday.Conditions were blustery, but most of the mountain was open with a great variety of terrain. I skied with Gail, Brian, David and Kristi W (who snowboarded with us after winning the morning demolition derby event at the Snowdrifter cabin), and we saw groomers, tree skiing, heavy powder, and chop.
It was Gail’s first foray into racing for our club. She placed second in her category, but had the finest form with her Euro-platform technique. I think she enjoyed herself.
All in all, a good weekend at Tahoe. Even the return traffic was not too bad.
Inskiers President and Cabin Chef de Cuisine,
Monsieur David Baird, Plating a Boeuf de Truckee
Photo by Jim Mrazek
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. Inskiers Club Meeting at Mimi's Cafe
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