A new year, a new season. It’s time to change gears for Cross Country Skiing! While most of the world is closed on New Year’s Day, I hit up a new location, Mansfield Outdoor Centre, for the 1st CC-skiing of the year.
Weather was superb with the perfect type of “skiing” snow. The trail pass ($18.50) + rental ($21) cost was a tad more expensive than last year’s locations but still affordable.
For once in my short CC-skiing career, nothing crazy happened. I didn’t get lost. I didn’t stumble on ungroomed trails with snow up my knees. I didn’t take my skis off to walk down a steep hill. I didn’t go short on time & worry about paying a fine for dispatching a search crew. Nope, the trails at Mansfield were too nicely groomed for any of that!! The only issue I had was their skis ….
1st trail (4.5km Green Trail). Something was wrong. My skis weren’t gliding at all!! It took a lot of effort to go anywhere – even downhills! Shortly after entering the trail, I turned back to the lodge. The staff gave me another pair & told me to wait 5min for the skis to get cold. Apparently, I was too impatient with the 1st pair. I used them at room temperature, causing the snow to stick to the bottom. Fine, I waited!! The 2nd pair worked better but they were still sticky. This was followed by applying a layer of ski gliding product. Finally, I can glide! This trail is known for porcupine sighting. Nope, didn’t see any!! 😦
2nd trail (3.7km Red Trail). I was dehydrated after the 1st trail but wanted to squeeze another one in before lunch. This trail started out with a lot of uphills. Uphills hurt my ankles as I waddle up. But I didn’t mind them as much as downhills. It’s quite sad how horrible I am skiing downhill. A tiny hill is enough to make me fear for my life. I braced myself at the top, my foot cramping as I struggled to avoid doing a split or hitting a tree. Zero control. Zero stoppage. Just sad! There’s a reason why I quit downhill skiing over 10 years ago folks!!!
3rd trail (9.5km Blue Trail). My skis weren’t gliding properly again. At least that’s what I was blaming for my slowness!! This trail had steeper uphills and downhills than earlier ones. Thankfully, some of the downhills had tracksets. I’m okay with that!
Good day overall! But seriously, why am I so slow?! This is truly a sport I am terrible at but thoroughly enjoy! 🙂
Hope everyone had a good New Year! What did you do today?