After all the fun of Tuesday’s session at the Jackson Ski Touring Center, I was hoping for the chance to do some more Nordic skiing.
That chance came today.
Eric and Irene were heading up to do some snowboarding at Waterville Valley, and it just so happens that Waterville offers Nordic skiing as well, with over 40 miles of trails. So after dropping them off at the base of the mountain, I headed in to the Nordic Center in the middle of town.
Once again, the day went great. During the morning, I mainly stuck to the trails around downtown, heading around the pond, over the golf course, etc. It’s rather cool that you’re basically just skiing through the middle of downtown. I stuck to the easy trails, as an early-morning meander on to an intermediate trail had resulted in some pretty spectacular wipe-outs. I’m still not used to the idea of going downhill with wood strapped to my feet…
After a lunch break, I headed out to some of the easy trails on the outskirts of the network, notably the Livermore Trail. I actually hiked the Livermore Trail a couple summers ago on the way to bagging the Tripyramids (both 4000 footers). It’s a flat couple miles until you start going up, and it made for the perfect nordic skiing trail. It was groomed and tracked perfectly – you could really get some speed going – but at the same time the incline was gentle enough that things didn’t get out of hand.
Weather for the day was mostly sunny, though some clouds rolled in during the afternoon and the odd snow flake came down. The second Nordic experience was just as good as the first. I was skiing for between 3-3.5 hours, and it was awesome to try some new trails. Really liking this sport.
Here’s a few photos from the day. You couldn’t pick much better scenery for a day of skiing:
Looking at the Town Square/Nordic Center from the pond loop
Skiing on the golf course
The perfectly-groomed (and perfectly-inclined) Livermore Trail
Town Square, Waterville Valley