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Skate Skiing. Not even once.

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So my husband and I are both competitive cyclists living in Boulder, Colorado and a few years back we got some nice BC touring kit (I have the awesome, epic Karhu 10th Mtn skis which are terrific for just about anything you can throw at them).

 

...and then (cue foreboding theme) we got lured into the Dark Side by our teammates.  Took a cross-country ski trip up to Snow Mtn Ranch last winter, where we rented some gear, took a skate lesson and were introduced to the joys, the terrors, the FRUSTRATIONS and the exhilaration that is skate skiing.  Classic and BC touring are by far less demanding wenches, but alas, more mundane than transcendent.  Once we managed our first tentative shaky skate glides, it was as if we'd thrown off our earthly shackles to fly free, unfettered.

 

Came right home and my husband didn't even flinch at spending at least a nice bike's-worth of cash on skate gear for both of us (not to mention a fortune in fancy Swix tights and jackets, oy!).  Did a bunch of local days here in Boulder because the snow was great last year. Even braved the terrors of Eldora's nordic center (locally nicknamed "Helldora"; if you've skiied there, you'll understand) where a local friend took pity on us and at least taught us enough technique to not die of cardiac arrest on 17th Ave.

 

fast forward 12 months and we have yet to take our poor lonely metal edged touring kit out of summer storage.  We obsess over snow conditions, waxes and ponder buying a condo in Fraser.

 

So I am here, dear reader, to warn you of the perils.  Skate skiing.  Not even once.

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smile.gif Good on ya. Only in Boulder, of course, is this sort of thing common.
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our obsession has gotten so bad (we've had very little snow here in the front range so far this winter) that we've had to become very resourceful.  Boulder Nordic Club managed "groomable" conditions in the local park once so far this season, and it held for maybe 2 days if that (and it was super wet sticky snow which is near unheard of in our world of endless blue wax days).

 

we have even resorted to skating the streets in our neighborhood after a little 4" snow meant the cars "groomed" it down for us (they don't plow our streets).  Snow conditions up in Eldora have been: mud/ice/hay/rocks such that even the neighborhood street was a better skating surface :P

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Think lakes, ponds.  Here in NW Ct, we have dicey here-today-gone-tomorrow conditions.  A frozen lake only needs about 1" to be really good.  If it goes through a melt/re-freeze/softening cycle, so much the better.

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Think lakes, ponds.  Here in NW Ct, we have dicey here-today-gone-tomorrow conditions.  A frozen lake only needs about 1" to be really good.  If it goes through a melt/re-freeze/softening cycle, so much the better.

those would be legit if we didn't have 65F days frequently interspersed with our cold snaps.  Pond ice here in CO rarely gets thick enough to be safe unless you're above 8000'

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Originally Posted by lonefrontranger View Post

those would be legit if we didn't have 65F days frequently interspersed with our cold snaps.  Pond ice here in CO rarely gets thick enough to be safe unless you're above 8000'

Hmmmmmm...... That could be interesting.  You might get a chance to test out some alternative uses for those skis.  smile.gif

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2 words: snowmobil trail!

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2 words: duct tape!

 

 

Those guys don't need no steenkin' groomed trails! Impressive!

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