When I was younger, I didn’t get the appeal of cross-country skiing. It felt like so much more work than downhill skiing, you’re so much slower, and you sweat or freeze the entire time. In the past few years I have come to appreciate it. It’s a slower pace, but you can commune with nature a lot more.
As I have said many times, one of my favourite aspects of Ottawa is the Greenbelt. It surrounds most of the city and is a protected greenspace where there are lots of hiking trails. They don’t maintain or groom the paths in the winter, so it’s free to ski on! (Unlike in Gatineau Park in Quebec, where it’s almost $20 per person to cross-country ski.)
I’ve been using the same Toko Junior skis for years- technically they’re too short for me, but I like being able to dodge things a lot faster.
I really want to get a hood for my camera lens like my dad is using, because it was pretty wet out while we were skiing, so I was getting snow on my lens.
Dad always brings his GPS along to track his mileage. It’s hard to get lost on these trails because of all the markers, and there are many posts telling you how many km back to whichever parking lot you were in.
If we’re living in Ottawa next year, Nic is very excited about being able to go skiing most weekends!