Plenty of sun and animal tracks while Nordic skiing in Stowe today

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 06:35 PM

Stowe Resort Cross-Country skiing
Nordic skiing today at Stowe Resort Cross-Country Center.

I guess I needed to reapply sunscreen today, as now that I'm back from a long ski and some après ski, I see a red nose in the mirror!

It was a beauty of a day to be outside. We looked at our options for cross-country skiing — which aren't stellar right now, unfortunately — and decided to take our sturdy, waxless touring skis to the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Center.

There was just enough fresh snow recently to improve the trails that had iced-over after recent rains. Some people were skate skiing, while others like us were doing some classic touring. We actually had metal-edged skis and that made the downhills rather fun for us. I wouldn't have been so keen on the hills if I had my skinny classic skis on!

We need more snow to allow our Nordic centers to reopen trails! We also need it to allow for backcountry skiing. Come on Mother Nature and help us out! (Sunday, perhaps? :))

On the Peavey, Old Bear, Ranch Valley Cruise and Burt trails, we saw tons of animal tracks of all shapes and sizes. After a nice ski through the woods, the Skimeister and I enjoyed pizza and a local beer at Piecasso in Stowe. A good workout in the forest and a delicious treat in town makes for a great day in Vermont!

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