Wednesday, February 27, 2008

XC Skiing - Mohawk River State Park

First local skiable snow in months, so we took advantage. It's only a fifteen-minute drive to the former Schenectady Museum Nature Preserve in Niskayuna. Yesterday's 7" of snow was heavy and wet, and by today, had settled and developed a thin upper crust as temperatures dropped. There was nice powder underneath, but even that was a bit heavy. We stayed off the bigger downhills, because it was hard to make the skis do anything but stay basically straight in this stuff. Snow was clinging to the trees and it was a real winter wonderland. We skied for about an hour, and came down one last downhill to the car. Even that one was more challenging than usual with the lack of control in the heavy firm snow.

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