Frozen granular Nordic skiing; Delish après skiing

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 08:25 PM

Enjoying a view of Ranch Brook during our ski.
Out on the trail at Stowe Mtn. Cross Country Center.
The brook had plenty of ice and greenish water today.
Beer, kimchi-carnitas tacos and hot sauces for après.

You’ve heard the term “frozen granular,” right? Well I was on the definition of frozen granular today while doing some cross-country skiing. The Skimeister and I went for a ski at Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic Center and they had done their best to chop up previously frozen snow, mixed in with a dusting of new snow.

It was fast stuff!

It was great to get outside, and we were very thankful that a few cross-country centers have held on to their snow. We skied across a bunch of wind-tossed tree debris, but otherwise the coverage was good. Firm, but good.

We rewarded ourselves with a tasty après-ski beer and tacos! You may have read in this blog about the Mad Taco in Waitsfield, Vermont. Well now they have an outpost in Waterbury, Vt. They serve out of the kitchen of the Blackback Pub at the corner of Main Street and Stowe Street. 

We had never been in there before. It's a nice setting — not a huge place but it had a variety of very fancy beers to choose from. We splurged with a fancy beer and carnitas tacos with our choices of house-made hot sauces. One of the sauce containers was not labeled with its heat index number and so I thought I'd try it. Whoa! Won't do that again!

Hope you get out on the snow this weekend!

Filed in: Cross-country skiing, Food, coffee & après ski, Stowe

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