Snowshoeing in the morning. Afternoon ski training on groomed/tracked surface; flat terrain followed by possible hill activity depending on skill level of participants.
In the dining hall, we’ll enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast with coffee, tea, water, 1% milk.
We will learn Northwoods animal track patterns and signs. By knowing if the animal is a walker, bounder, hopper, or waddler, a greater insight can be gained about animal identification. This information will be utilized on ski and snowshoe outings during the remainder of the week. Snowshoes will be distributed to participants. We will snowshoe near Trees For Tomorrow to get an idea of how to maneuver on snow. While snowshoeing, winter ecology will be discussed by trained Trees For Tomorrow professional staff. Examples may include how ruffed grouse dive-bomb into snow and use it to insulate themselves from the harsh winter environment, how deer survive the winter, and interpreting wildlife signs and tracks that we discover along the hike.
In the dining hall, we’ll have a cafeteria-style meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water.
We'll get outfitted for skis and poles, then get out on the snow! We will begin instruction on a groomed/tracked flat surface on campus. Flatland instruction will include skills such as learning how to fall and get up, weight balance/transfer, movement on skis, kicking and gliding, poling, double poling, and kick-double poling. Depending on skill level and group needs, we may begin hill lessons this afternoon. Hill instruction will take place at Eagle River Golf Course. Hill skills to be taught include snowplowing, herringbone, snowplow turns, and step turns. Instruction will be based on participants' skills levels and will be adjusted accordingly. The Trees For Tomorrow ski instructors are comfortable with many levels of skier abilities and teach lessons on a regular basis to students ranging from 4th graders to adults.
Dining hall cafeteria-style meal.
TFT staff will discuss local and state issues surrounding grey wolf conservation and management, and will also discuss the management of other large carnivores in the state.