Keeping Track of Nordic Ski Activities

We were clearing some trails in the Laurentians in the late 60's with Herman Smith-Johannsen, and I recall that he had the nerve to call downhill ski hills "Practice Slopes" for true skiing, which was, of course, trail skiing, then a hobby of eccentric individualists who reeked of pine tar and wax.

Times have changed, and now Nordic skiing is a popular activity for all stripes of people. Some of us prefer to skate along wide groomed trails on razor-thin light-weight skis. Some, to see how fast they can go with "Classic" ski techniques in set tracks. For others, it is to get outdoor excercise or to socialize. And then there are the few who simply prefer to set out for the day off the beaten track, with a thermos, matches, and a sandwich.

But we seem to have one thing in common: We like to keep track of what we have done, and occasionally even compare our activities to those of others. Even Jackrabbit Johannsen kept a log, and would proudly show that he had logged 1155 miles in 1943 (at the age of 68). This side-website is for skiers who would like to add up their travels, and maybe see if they could be the top distance skier for Dawson Creek, or even match the Jackrabbit. It is hoped that, if enough people participate, the BMNS will even be able to use the stats on this site to furthur requests for funding to expand its services!

Contents

Working Map
Logging In
Saving Your Recent Trip
Viewing Your Personal Log
How are Others Doing?
Trail Conditions
Using Google Earth

Working Map: This is probably the page you came from. To mark the trip you took, just click on the little green trees on the map. Your first click is probably at the entrance, which is in the extreme upper right corner of the map (It will show 'Start' once you click on it).

Then move on, clicking on successive junctions on your trip. As you click on them, you will see, below the map, that it is tallying up your distance, and the number of meters that you climbed uphill. Continue on through your trip, presumably ending up back at the 'Start' again. Even if you are not logged in, you now know how long this trip was.

(Hint: Provided you stay on the same trail, you can skip a few junctions as you go, and you will still be OK. If you do not get a path showing up on the map when you click a spot, you have probably missed a key junction to get there. When there are more than one trails to get to a certain point, you might have to click on an intermediate point, so that the track knows which trail you took.)

Logging In: To be able to record your trips, you will need to register and log in. If not logged in, there's a link on the top of the 'Maps/Trips' page you were on. You do not have to be a member to do this, but please do support the Association, by paying for your day trips in the Honour Box at the trailhead.

The first time you log in, choose the 'First Time Registration' button. We will ask a few questions to ensure that this site works for you. Note that you have the option of keeping your identity private, if you wish, in which case you will be shown as 'Anon' on any public pages. (If you do prefer to remain anonymous, you will not be able to update trail conditions.)

This site uses three day cookies once registered, so you do not have to log back in every time. If they are not enabled on your computer for this site, you can read more about cookies at sites such as this.

Saving Your Recent Trip: Once you have marked out a trip you made, (and logged in) you can save it to your log by clicking "Save Info About..." at the bottom of the map. This will reveal a box where you can give some additional details, such as the type of trip you had, the time it took, the date, and, if you wish, an identyifying name for the trip. This latter one will enable you to recall a route automatically if you take the same circuit often.

Note that one of the trip type options is "Volunteer" or "Ski Class". It does not necessarily have a track associted with it, but can. Please, please, please use this option to record such activities, and describe the activity in the 'Trip Name' box.

Please do not save a trip if you were just snooping, and have not yet undertaken it.

Viewing Your Personal Log: Click on [View my Previous Trips] to see the total of your activities this season. You can also recall previous trip routes. Don't get caught up about the speed thing if you included the time you took for lunch or moose watching. Might be of interest to you circuit speedsters, though.

How Are Others Doing?: Like to play the comparison game? The [View All Public Members Trips] link is the site for you. In the near future, if enough people participate, you will be able to compare yourself to others of the same gender or age group. Your name will be shown just as 'Anon' if you chose not to share your info. You can click to see the trips that others have taken, but the dates of those trips are vague.
Who knows? Maybe BMNS will offer a stick of wax to the one that skis the most!

Trail Conditions: Select [Trail Conditions] to see the latest reported snow conditions on each trail. Please update conditions if you are logged in non-anonymously(?) using either of the two options outlined.

You will see that some of the trails on the map are shown as thinner lines. These are 'Snowshoe Paths' but skiers are more than welcome. Beware of trees... Be cautious of skiing alone...No cell service...More Deer and Meese (Mooses?).. but no noisy Grooming Machines swallowing up fuel.
As the Jackrabbit might have said: Off the 'practice paths' and on to the 'real thing' as it was meant to be.

Using Google Earth: If you have been using "Google Earth", the [To Google Earth Trail Map] link at the top of the page will load the BMNS trails onto it. I would suggest using Google's [Tools][Options] (Exagerate Elevation by 3), and then spin it around, zoom in, and do all the other good things that Google Earth lets us do. The trails shown have been set using a GPS in most cases. One of the neat things you can do ir right-click on any trail, choose 'Show Elevation Profile' and get a trail elevation profile.

(Troubles? Questions? Drop me a line at 'website(at)nordicski(dot)ca'.
And Finally: Get up from behind that computer and Ski -Ski - Ski