Russian Troll Farmer
I'm lucky enough to have groomed 'semi-rustic' trails at a county park near me, and I have a pair of 'back-country' skis. I have several trails to choose from, several in an area where I can stay close to my car, another trail that goes around a lake (which, on cold winters, freezes over and creates a shortcut), as well as another trail which is REAL back-country; as in "hold your poles together and drag them between your legs as you snowplow down a steep hill". On that trail, most of the other skiers dress like mountain-men...You go colder than I can manage! I absolutely love XC skiing. I’m closer the ocean so I get less snow, as much as I love it. I went from training as a speed skater to a rec cyclist. XC is my love beyond both. But traditional XC not ski skating. I know, that’s the new world.... But traditional XC is hard to explain if you haven’t spent time doing it. There is a rhythm to it, on groomers tracks, that’s just great when you get it.
Breaking fresh snow sucks.
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Never really cared for the skate-ski type skiing, But there are trails where those who do share with us more rustic skiers. Sometimes the local high school XC teams train on one of the better-maintained trails. They really keep a high speed going, and sometimes train wearing shorts!