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What to Expect on a Trip

The purpose of our trips is to cross country ski and/or snowshoe.  Each day the leaders will suggest an area for this activity, which is usually at a Cross Country Ski Center with groomed trails.  Trail fees for these centers is the responsibility of the participant.  Depending on the trip location there may be opportunities to ski county or state parks with either groomed or back country trails.  Leaders will provide information about each day’s specific location.

 Participants on trips must be paid members of the OCSJ.

 Participants are expected to provide their own transportation to the area of the trip.  A list of all participants can be provided so that people can carpool. The leaders assume no responsibility for these arrangements. Please let the leader know right away if you object to having your name and phone number distributed to other members of the trip.

 Participants are expected to provide their own gear (skis, poles, snowshoes) for their own use. participants are responsible for the cost of their own rental.  The leader can provide general rental information.

 Lodging arrangements and whether meals are provided depends on the individual trip. Please read all the info provided by the leader in the trip description.

 Trips are open to skiers and snowshoers of all skill levels, including beginners, unless otherwise indicated. Leaders will outline the difficulty of the day’s planned activity (if applicable) and possible alternate activities.

All activities designated by the leader are group activities.  If you do not wish to participate in a particular group activity and you want to do something else or go to a different venue, be aware that you are responsible for your own safety.  You must tell the leader where you are going and when you will return. 

 When skiing at a commercial cross country ski center, we often break into groups according to skill levels.  But when we do backcountry skiing there will be a leader and a sweep.  Participants will be expected to stay together. 

 Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are physically active sports, and there are some inherent dangers, e.g. falls while skiing are common.  Leaders will give basic safety procedures and rules.  We expect participants to follow these rules and to use common sense and courtesy to protect themselves and others. Participants should be sufficiently physically fit to cope reasonably with the demands of the trip without assistance from leaders or other party members.  If you have concerns about a trip please discuss them with the leader before signing up. 

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