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Work when it rains; ski when the sun shines

Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2010
— Ole's, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing

Sunny, snowy spring skiing.

Over the last week and a half I've tried to make the most of the sunny days to hit the slopes or cross-country ski trails. I'm thankful that I can work odd hours, so that often gives me flexibility to do so.

Today was forecast to be warm and sunny so we did some spring nordic skiing at Ole's Cross-Country Center in Warren, Vermont. They still have quite a bit of snow there. Some sunny spots are starting to melt out a bit, but overall the skiing was very good at midday today.

When you nordic ski on days when the mercury rises to 50 or so, you need to do a bit of planning. You can't hit the trails too early because it's cold overnight and that makes the snow very firm. But you can't head out to ski in the mid-afternoon or later -- it can get too mushy. We found the sweetspot in the late morning.

We enjoyed taking the Deer Run Trail around in a counter-clockwise direction. The skies were blue and I was sporting a headband and just a long-sleeve shirt. It was a great ski tour. Got to get it while we can!

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