Sunday, 9 January 2011

Postcards: First Tracks

First Tracks 8Other than a quick course check before a race, I haven't skied in 4 years! When I heard there was snow at Kouchibouguac National Park, I was determined to get in my "first tracks" this week-end, coincidentally timed with this article on XC in the Globe and Mail.

Trish, Andy and Angie came with me on the 3 hour drive to Kouch in the search of snow and groomed trails. Trish hasn't been on skis in quite a while either (its been so long since I prepped her skis that I brought the wrong ones with us). As for Andy and Angie, they had never skied before, so this truly was a case of "first tracks". I brought my camera along to get some postcards of their first-ever ski.

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There was a LOT of snow at Kouch. It had snowed heavily over night and more was coming down as we skied.

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Skiing on the trails was like going through a tunnel of white.

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The temperature was hovering around 0 C, which made for a wax challenge. Sometimes we would grip and sometimes we would slip.

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Despite the weather and the stickiness, there were still smiles when we stopped at the Patterson hut for lunch and to warm up next to the wood stove.

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While we were at Kouch, Anne and Zoey were at Martock where they made enough snow for a 1 km loop. Anne got her first tracks in there, and Zoey got her very "First Tracks" looking out the window at the skiers.

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Since the Canada Games are there in about a month, Martock will likely keep making snow on their trails, and being only 45 minutes away, it is a more convenient place to get some tracks in than Kouch. I might even be able to convince everyone to go get "second tracks" this coming week-end!

Here is a slide show from the ski.



1 comment:

Janice said...

Looks like you had an awesome day. Hope there's lots more skiing with the family in your future this winter.