Friday, February 12, 2016

Fun on Skis and Snowboards

Winter has been elusive in New England this year with very limited snow fall, especially in the mountains of northern New England.  We did have a few fantastic days on snowboards and XC skis.

We picked a quiet Saturday  in February to ride at Bretton Woods.   Considering the amount of natural snow that has fallen, the conditions were great! On this day, Mt Washington was covered in snow, which was not the case for most of January!  The day started with mostly cloudy skies but by the end of the day skies were clear and we caught Mt Washington aglow our way back south to the Chalet on Dundee Road.

The Sunday following our trip to Bretton Woods we traveled to the East side of Mount Washington to take a ski lesson at Wildcat Mountain. We hired Jeff Lea who teaches backcountry skiing (mostly on tele skis), mountaineering and climbing skills in the White Mountains.  We wanted to learn how to make turns in the backcountry on our free-heel backcountry XC skis.  Jeff was a great instructor and although a bit skeptical to begin with, we spent the day on the lower mountain learning different techniques for negotiating turns on downhill sections of backcountry trails.  Now we just  need practice applying these skills to the much more narrow trails in the backcountry!

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