Posts Tagged ‘Colorado cross country skiing’
As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself torn between wishing for more snow and praying for warm sunny days to melt the snow. I know it sounds like the answer should be easy after five months of winter, but it’s not.
There is nothing like a fresh groomed trail, or untouched hillside, when you stop and take in the vista in front of you and the beautiful tracks that you made behind you. Whether you are skate skiing around Lodwick Loop, making tele turns in the backcountry or cross country skiing around the ranch, new snow means great skiing and trail conditions – no one can argue with that. (more…)
Figuring that if anyone knows how to get the best of Lodwick’s son, Todd, in a cross-country ski race, it would be the old man, so I slipped Dennis a $5 bill and whipped out my reporter’s notebook, preparing to take detailed notes.
“Start out slow, and then taper off,” Dennis whispered in my ear.
February 15, 2011
It was a beautiful day – the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the bluebird sky, which meant that it was cold. I thought that I would just enjoy the views from indoors, but then I saw the groomer making its way around the South Meadow. Even a cross country skier can’t resist freshly groomed trails and the opportunity to make first tracks. Those that put on their skis and snowshoes and braved the below zero wind chill, were rewarded with pristine trails and breathtaking views.
As I scooted along the bottom of the meadow I was tempted to turn around and return to the warmth of the house and Grayson’s toothless grin. However, my guide had a different idea. He was in need of a workout, and truthfully, so was I. As we stopped for a moment, I was able to appreciate the breathtaking views of the Elk River Valley. When I see the valley under a fresh blanket of snow, I am reminded how lucky I am to call this home. The peace and serenity that settles over you can’t be described, it has to be experienced. (more…)