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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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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...

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!
 

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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!
Some of the skate skiers I've seen wear skin suits and nothing else - just like the Olympic speed skaters. I actually saw a couple skiing in shorts on a "spring skiing" day where temps were in the mid-40's. He was wearing no shirt and she was only wearing a tank top.
 

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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...

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!
Ditto. I have a park nearby where they groom about 12-15 miles of trail. Now, that crosses over and edges a large reservoir. You get pretty far from the park facilities out by the water, heavily wooded and just beautiful. The more distant trails are the best, they don’t see hikers so they stay nicely groomed. I like to get out early, if it was sunny the day before and cold overnight the tracks get kind of icy. It’s magical. You really feel how the ski works as you have that bounce in your form that weighs down and pushes from the center of the ski and then glides on the ends. I’m sure I’m not communicating that very well... You get the pole perfectly synchronized with the opposite leg... My trail cuts through a farm meadow hat is a long gently decline. It’s wonderful.

The winter before the plague it had a 4 degree morning right at sunrise. I was the only one in the 700+ acre park. It took me a bit to get my gear right that morning to manage the cold, but once I was warmed up the conditions were perfect. Just about 7 miles into my skiing I had 3 coyotes cross the trail in front of me. Whatever, 30-35 pounders, normal enough. Then a few seconds behind a much larger one, I’m guessing pushing 50 pounds, biggest I’ve ever seen, came trotting along behind them. That gave me pause. They never even looked toward me, I have no doubt they knew I was there of course... I turned toward the park facilities and continued in more open areas.


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I got good advice from a messenger friend in Chicago: Keep your chin covered to be comfortable on the bike in cold weather.

XC skiing in cold weather can be more like being at the beach.
What I like to call a seasonal beard, Nature\God's gift of insulation.

I worked outside and before I retired I grew one every winter, usually started early Dec. and removed in April.
 
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