YAKIMA, Wash. — The Cascadians’ “Ski With the Patrollers” Day — in which Cascadians or other capable cross-country skiers get a skis-on idea of what it would be like to volunteer for the White Pass Nordic ski patrol — won’t be this Saturday after all.
Initially intended to be held at that date, as referenced in Tuesday’s Outdoors section of the Herald-Republic, the event will instead be held at two later dates — Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 26.
Part of the decision to move the event to two dates was to give more prospective volunteers a chance to participate. The other was simply logistical: Snow conditions have been pretty sketchy at the Nordic center, which is at a lower elevation than (and doesn’t have the snow-making capability available at) White Pass’ alpine slopes.
The Nordic system “hasn’t been skiiable at all until the last few days,” said Mike Haskett, head of the all-volunteer Nordic ski patrol. “The snow level is still kind of iffy, but at least the forecast coming up looks a little promising.”
For information on “Ski With the Patrollers,” call David Wilkes at 509-225-9611.