Ok, this isn't skiing. But it isn't off season sports either... And it's very much like touring the Backcountry.
Skating is pretty big where I grew up and now live again, around Stockholm, Sweden. There are lakes of different sizes and a huge archipelago with brackish (sp?) water that freeze during normal winters. This year is not normal... Spring is here with warm days and the mountains around Åre where I've lived for the past few years have very little snow. When it got warm, then rained a bit before temperatures went back to freezing there a rare opportunity to skate some cool mountain lakes turned up.
I drove north and two of my friends soon followed. The three of us then went on a 3 day road trip in search of ice and mother nature rewarded us generously! Oskar put together an edit.
To give you guys a feel for the speeds of skaters we were covering between 55 and 80kms/day and on bigger lakes with good ice conditions strong skaters regularily skate between 100 and 140kms.