X-C Ski & Snowshoe Conditions

Report for

Monday March 22nd

Trails

Closed for snow sports. Target re-opening date for x-c ski & snowshoe is 12/26/21.              Trails currently available for walking/hiking.     

Lodge

For the 2020-2021 ski season the inn will be open seven days per week during weeks involving a school vacation break (i.e., Christmas week, February school vacation week), but the inn will be closed on Monday nights & Tuesday nights and the trails will be closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays during the remaining weeks of the ski season.  However, if trails are not open on any given day due to weather/snow conditions call ahead to ensure that inn is open.

Masks are required inside and outside whenever distancing from individuals not in your party cannot be maintained.  Masks are not required while actually skiing or snowshoeing, with the exception being during a lesson.  Masks are required at all times when participating in a lesson.

On days the inn is open bathrooms and the warming room will be available, but visitors are asked to only stay inside for as long as it takes to get warm (i.e., no lounging inside). The water dispensers that were available for use in previous years will not be available in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

X-C ski rentals and snowshoe rentals for all ages when trails are open, but for 2020-2021 advance reservations are required for equipment rental.  Email dexters@tds.net or call 800-232-5571 to make an equipment rental reservation.

No meal service will be available in 2020-2021 other than breakfast for the overnight guests.  Bottled water, can soda, and pre-packaged snacks will be available for purchase.  Guests are welcome to bring their own food & beverage but we prefer that any time spent eating inside be limited and distancing is required.  

Comments

Last day for this snow season.  Snowshoeing is possible, but many bare spots exist.     

For the 2020-21 season we plan to groom only our flatter/easier trails for classic/track x-c skiing (5 km) and to focus our attention on beginners, families, and overnight guests who want to x-c ski for an hour or two after checking in or prior to heading home. Our facility & terrain are very well-suited for these types of x-c skiers.  Experienced skiers or anyone looking for more kilometers of groomed trails will be better served by one of the larger commercial x-c ski areas.  The Eastman x-c ski operation is about 20 minutes from Dexter's Inn and offers 36 km of groomed trails for both classic & skate x-c skiing.  Since Eastman does not offer overnight accommodations, we invite anyone looking to spend the night to stay at Dexter's Inn, and for those who do, we will provide a 50% discount on trail passes to Eastman.  

For snowshoeing we plan to pack about 10 km of trails for those who like to snowshoe on packed trails and to have an additional 15 km of trials signed & mapped but untouched for those who like to snowshoe on the fresh snow.  The ungroomed "back-country" trails that are marked & mapped but not groomed offer a fun wilderness exploring adventure for those seeking that experience.  As such, we believe that we have snowshoe trails that can keep you busy for the full day if you so desire.  Experienced x-c skiers who wish to venture out on the packed and/or untouched snowshoe trails are welcome to do so at their own risk and with the understanding that these trails are not being groomed for x-c skiing.

Equipment rental for x-c skiing and snowshoeing is available for all ages. For very young children there is a Pulk pull sled for rent that the child can sit in while an adult pulls the sled via a waist harness.  For 2020-2021 advance reservations are required for equipment rental.  Due to the COVID-19 situation the equipment rental process will be a guided self-service approach involving a masked & distanced staff person, with demonstration on how to put on the equipment taking place outside.

Lessons for x-c skiing are available.  Advance reservations are required for lessons.  We believe that taking a lesson will greatly enhance your understanding & enjoyment.  Our "We Love Beginners" special includes a one-hour group lesson, equipment rental, and use of the trails for the remainder of the day for $45.  This beginner's special is typically available at 10 am on Saturdays, Sundays, and school vacation days, weather permitting, but advance reservations are required in 2020-2021.  Private lessons are available at other mutually convenient times with advance reservation.  Contact us in advance if you want to take a lesson via either dexters@tds.net or 800-232-5571.

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Thought for the Day

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.  The wise man grows it under his feet.