Against my better judgment, we headed over to Chester Lake for some ungroomed skiing – for the first time this winter! The backcountry hasn’t exactly been appealing, so we’ve been sticking to nordic skiing on groomed trails. Sadly everything was a little crusty, and the weather remained pretty overcast, so the old familiar trail wasn’t rendered exciting by awesome weather. Thanks to the crusty trails, we didn’t get the boy to ski much, but he did manage 600m or so once we were up around the lake. The rest of the time he was hanging out on my back in … Continue reading Chester Lake
A day at the ski hill with the boy. But first, he had to climb the mountain in the car park. After some time in daycare, and then some lunch, we headed out together. And I towed him up to the magic carpet. Mama was only allowed on for one ride, then I was told off if I tried to follow him up the hill. I spent some time skiing backwards, unable to convince him to snow plough (or pizza, as it’s apparently known in these circles) I tried to see if he wanted to ride the Strawberry lift, but … Continue reading A day on the hill
Despite all rumours to the contrary, it’s supposed to be Spring by now. No-one has told the weather yet. They’re worried it will start hitting us with -10oC days to go with the snow. Anyway, somehow I ended up doing a Winter Triathlon. Sensibly, it involved no swimming. Instead there was a ski leg, which I ended up doing. As a result, there are no photos of that part, so instead I bring to you photos of people trying to bike in 15cm of fresh snow (heh heh), and running through 15cm of fresh snow (heh heh heh). A bike … Continue reading Winter Meltdown Triathlon (more of a ‘Do your worst winter, who wants spring anyway’)
On Tuesday we went for a ski up the Redearth Creek trail – you can keep following it all the way to Egypt Lake, and then around to Sunshine Village if you really want, or to Shadow Lake Lodge, but we just skied along for 5km before turning around. It’s a nice enough little trail, and there was still plenty of coverage – but the last downhill back to the car could be treacherous when icy!
The things you do when you don’t have a functioning vehicle. (Yes those are nordic skis and poles strapped to the bikes – it worked quite well)
When skin glue goes bad.
Went to Snowshoe in West Virginia on the weekend. On top of all the snow they’d already been getting, there was 6 inches of new fresh powder on Friday night. It kept snowing all day Saturday, and was a bit foggy too, which led to fun as I checked out new runs, with the visibility suddenly plummeting down to 10 metres. The skiing was still great though. Sunday was beautiful and clear and warm (though a bit windy round the top of the mountain). I checked out the feared Western Territory and discovered the black runs there, although 1.5 miles … Continue reading it’s a hard life