While many of us are busy being crabby about having to shovel massive amounts of snow from our driveways — and clear the end of them again after the snowplow goes by — others are rejoicing about the winter landscape that now features huge snowdrifts.
Avid cross country skiers have to be loving it. As I went for a run the other day, I caught sight of a snowmobile on a nearby golf course grooming a cross country skiing trail. That got me to thinking about people like Kathy Schneeman, who calls winter her favorite season and loves to get out on her skis with her husband, Eric, and any of her kids who want to go.
I’m sure she has a smile on her face and skis on her feet these days. There have been recent winters where there has been little snow for skiing all winter long. This year, the snow came early, and it’s not going away anytime soon. People who like winter sports like cross country skiing are going to have lots of time and opportunity to get out and enjoy the snow.
For people willing to travel, Minnesota Monthly offers a guide to groomed trails throughout the entire state. In the Twin Cities, About.com lists places to go, along with where you can rent or buy skis. For reports listing the quality of local trails, visit skinnyski.com.
I hope to try cross country skiing sometime this winter. Years ago, I went a few times and liked it. Plus, for more than 10 years, I regularly used a Nordic Track cross country ski machine to make sure I got some exercise. Maybe that will help me get the hang of actually skiing. The good news is, I have a decent level of fitness from walking and running six days a week, so I should be able to handle the skiing.
I must say, I do enjoy getting out in the fresh, crisp air of winter, as long as it’s not ridiculously cold. If the temperatures stay close to average, that should be just about right for some great skiing.