At this time of the year the earn & turn ratio is a little heavier on the earn side. Skiffs of snow mixed with November rain adds up to a lot of work for little skiing. But when your heart is happy being outside, going for a walk and throwing skiing into the mix equals fun. I’d rather breathe fresh outdoor air than spend endless hours in the gym. I start to care less about the “work” or the lack of skiing and more about enjoying the scenery.
In the shoulder season it is all about perspective. The days are short and the terrain is limited. Scrambling and mnt biking are pretty much out of the question. Doing 7 min laps at the nordic center is fun, but it’s not an all day adventure. Thus, going for a walk with skis on the pack gives hints of good times.
A few friends and I tested out our gear, looking for kinks and reminding ourselves of our ski systems. We explored new places, had some icy skiing, and had some “powdery-esk” turns in the mix. We laughed at the rocks and the dirt and managed to still fist pump at the end of the day- despite the fact that our “skiing” was more accurately hiking.
Yay shoulder season 🙂