SOLSTICE SKI at Chief Joseph Ski Area

Date: December 22, 2018
Trip Leader:  Elizabeth Moore
Participants:  Alden Wright, Bryan Kercher, Astrid Moore
When I had the opportunity to volunteer and overnight at the Gordon Reese Warming Hut on the Winter Solstice I thought it would be fun to lead my first trip for The Rocky Mountaineers! 
My family and I stayed in the Gordon Reese Warming Hut on the night of December 21st and the next day we met Alden Wright and Bryan Kercher at 10 am for some cross country skiing.  Alden and Bryan had some time before joining us to try out some of the newly groomed trails.  We spent a good part of the day together.  They were very patient with my 10-year old daughter Astrid.  They waited for her and encouraged her and it was such an enjoyable time spent with friends.  We went in for a late lunch and then Astrid was pretty beat so we called it day.  Alden and Bryan continued to ski after we left since it was such a beautiful day.  A great day was had by all.
On the way home to Missoula I remember Astrid saying to me “Mom, Alden has a young heart.”.  For those who know him, know exactly what she is talking about.  That is what I’m enjoying so much about this club.  The wide range of ages, abilities, and the depth and breadth of knowledge shared between the members.  So happy to be a part of The Rocky Mountaineers.

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