Originally Posted by Trekchick
at_nyc, I'd say skiing in the NE is anything but boring, but then I may be skiing different terrain than you when I make it east.
Yeah, yea, yeah... I know, bumps and trees. That's what's worth skiing in the NE. But the truth being, half the time there's no coverage in the trees, and the other half of the time the bumps are frozen solid to the consistancy of kitchen tile! It's challenge alright, but all work and not much fun.
When I say boring "at best", it's because the chance I actually get to ski SNOW at all is so limited one has to ski whatever terrain available when condition allows. Ice skating on foot long planks doesn't quite count as "skiing" in my book...
I'd bet that kayaking helps you keep your instincts in tune for skiing, though
I wish that's the case. :-(
My kayaking is still at a stage that I stare too long at the "trees" (a.k.a. rocks) instead of looking at the "openning"! Thank god I have a decent roll... ;-)
Mountain biking helps a lot more indeed. Both in building strong quads and instintively picking out the best openning THROUGH the trees instead of fixiated at the trees one doesn't want to hit! The same route picking principles benefits both mountain biking and tree skiing. So yes, singletracking in the woods in the summer does "keep me in tune" with skiing! :o)