Dec. 17, 2015
Kilometers skied: 20K
First day on the skate skis. It’s difficult, frustrating and ultimately really fun.
I’ve returned to Spokane to hit some of the best trails in the state. Most west-siders don’t know about Mount Spokane, but I’ve made it a point to come back every winter.
I pull up to about three inches new. A recent windstorm has knocked down trees all over Spokane, and crews are still clearing trees from the trails. Consequently, grooming is just OK, and terrain is limited.
That’s OK. As I slog through the new snow, I’m generally alone. Most people are skiing classic, which is quite good. The occasional fellow skater comes along. As I climb Alpine, a tough hill past the first trail junction, my heart is pounding, my breath is ragged. This is tough.
I power out toward Shadow Mountain and eventually start feeling the rhythm. As I head down Moose Meadows and back to the Nordic lodge, my stroke becomes more fluid and effortless.
It’s good to be back!