Exploring the woods on skis & praying for more snow

Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:40 AM

Photo of skier in woods with sticks sticking up out of snow
Photo of skier crossing an open stream
Photo of skier striding across a field with trees in distance

Over the last month, the Skimeister and I have worked to counteract cabin fever by heading out into the woods. It's great to slide around and listen to the wind and the woodpeckers — even if there isn't that much snow here in northwestern Vermont. 

We choose low-angle locations to make for mellow ski outings. I wear my skis that I call "tractors" because they can go most places in most conditions. They are wider than skinny xc skis, have fish scales, metal edges, and a well-worn base so I don't mind when I hit the rocks and waterbars that aren't covered up yet.

If we come across others, we pull up our masks and move off the trail to make sure we all feel comfortable and safe. (This kind of etiquette keeps skiing stress-free for everyone.)

Getting outside to exercise right now is key. If Mother Nature would help out with some more snow, it would be even better!

It's been nice to have temperatures stay under 30 degrees or so. Vermont's alpine ski resorts are cranking out snow on their trails.

Hope you are doing well and getting outside!

TAKE NOTE!

In an attempt to keep COVID-19 in check, Vermont and its ski resorts have NEW RESTRICTIONS AND RULES about traveling to the state and skiing/riding at resorts. Review the rules on any Vermont ski area website. You can also learn more at these sites:

Filed in: Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing

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