Hope Valley Outdoors open, used gear sale continues

Deep snow

Snow. Lots of it.

What do you do with all that snow? If you’re Joyce Coker, owner of Hope Valley Outdoors, you stay open. The business, in the Yurt at Pickett’s Junction, is up to it’s ears in snow, and the xc skiing is about as good as it gets.

Coker is also continuing her annual used gear sale. Keep in mind that this is gently used gear. Coker’s xc gear–skis, boots, poles–is top of the line for kicking and gliding, perfect for the Hope Valley area. Her hours run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m every day.

Her business offers xc ski lessons, tours, and rental gear for all ages. Joyce is a very experienced back country skier. Her focus is on traditional xc skiing–kicking and gliding. She can also take you to the steeper areas and put your turning skills good use.

If you are a beginner she’ll show you how to get started and stay upright. Anyone who is in the intermediate to advanced categories will enjoy and benefit from taking a lesson or two from her, which will lead to improved skills on the skinny skis, no matter how long you’ve been at it.

If you simply need to rent the gear, then head out, her knowledge of Hope Valley will come in handy. Coker will match your skills to the varied terrain in Hope Valley so that your day will be spent skiing in areas that are appropriate for your skill level.

Right now the Yurt is surrounded by 4 to 6 feet of snow. With another couple of storms coming in, the snow will simply get a bit deeper. It also means that you’ll find that putting your xc gear on the snow will be a memorable experience. As you head west on SR 88 from the Yurt, the snow depths pile up, rather noticeably.

Take advantage to this seasons snow. Get some of the used gear from Joyce, ski on fantastic snow, take a lesson or two. It’s stunning up there.


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