Please come and join new friends and old for a wonderful weekend of winter camping at the Bogus Basin yurt. The yurt is reserved for the nights of February 16 and 17 for our winter camping enjoyment. It is reached after an approximately 2/3 mile snow shoe or cross country ski trek from the frontier Point Lodge where there is free, no permit required, parking.
The agenda is pretty loose. We plan to hike in from the Nordic Point Lodge about 2pm on Saturday. In my party are my brother, sister, and friend (Paul, Cathy, Janine) who many of you have already met. You could come a little later if necessary but you should be familiar with the trails, how to get to the yurt, and keep in mind that the sun will be setting about 6pm that time of year. Trekking in on your own isn’t recommended so let’s plan accordingly. On Sunday you can snow shoe or cross country ski the Nordic trails just out our door. Alternatively, you can hike back out and spend some time downhill skiing and/or tubing. You could even spend a relaxing day by the fire at the yurt. Sunday evening let’s plan to pot luck and enjoy some hot toddies by the fire. Monday we must be out of the yurt (leaving it clean and in shape for the next guests) no later than noon.
This is a pack in/pack out adventure. Maximum capacity of the yurt is 12 but I am setting the limit for 10 at the outset. It could be expanded if demand warrants and some are willing to share a bed. There are 4 bunk beds (two with full sized bottom mattresses) and a futon that converts to a double bed. You’ll be packing in your sleeping bag. Read about the yurt, its amenities, expectations for keeping it in shape and ready for the next guest, what to bring, and much, much, more at http://www.bogusbasin.org/the-mountain/yurt-rental/index.aspx
If you can only stay one night please do come but plan on paying the full $20 for your share of the yurt unless you find a specific person to take the other night.
If you don't already have a Bogus Basin ski pass you will need to purchase one half day Nordic ski pass or snowshoe pass to cover your use of the trail(s) the entire weekend. Per Peg at the Nordic Center, you can also rent snowshoes for the entire weekend and only pay for 1/2 day. Such a deal!
I have already paid for the yurt and request that you commit and pay me no later than February 1 (sooner is OK too) if you are a yes and want to remain a yes. If you happen to have a snow sled capable of hauling things in, let me know in the RSVP. It will be handy if we have a few of those.
No dogs are allowed and, although kids can be charming, this is not a kid friendly event.
Update: Cathy, Paul, Janine and I decided we wanted to do the Bogus Creek Outfitters sleigh ride dinner on Saturday the 16th. It's meeting at 5:30pm at the Frontier Point Lodge so we would hike in to the yurt, get set up -then back out to the Lodge. You are certainly under no obligation to go, but it looks like fun and I wanted to let you know. It is $87 including taxes (but not gratuity I believe) paid at time of reservation and non refundable. If you want to go, call 208 278 7000 to reserve. Give them my name for purposes of seating us all together. If you plan to go, I wouldn't wait long is that is an evening likely to sell out due to being so close to Valentine's Day.