Day 14: Jan. 25, 2016
- Cabin Creek Sno-Park
- Kilometers skied: 20K
- Season total: 108K
It’s not often that you feel like you can ski forever.
With icy conditions at Cabin Creek Sno-Park on Day 14 of the SkiZer season, it felt like that. Horrible conditions for alpine skiing, but great for skate-skiing.
I hit the trails by 8:30 a.m. Only one other car was in the lot when I arrived. It had been warm the previous day, then it froze overnight, leaving the trail ice-rink firm.
I skied “The Road” — a 4.6K flat trail — in a record sprint. Every pole plant translated into power, every skate movement into speed. I hit the Viking trail and proceeded to burn up the rolling 6.2K loop, then charged onto the 2.2K Berg trail. It was all too easy.
What next? After a brief water and food break, I decided to hit the Viking trail again. I roared around the trail and passed a couple of other skaters.
“Isn’t this great!” I said. They agreed. My skill was incredible, I thought as I rounded the next bend. I’m a Norse god!
Then I lost my balance and proceeded to fall on my egotistical ass.
I hauled my bruised butt back onto my skis and came back to earth. I managed to skate out the rest of my day with a little more humility.