Tuesday, February 3, 2009

XC Skiing - Wilton Wildlife Preserve - Camp Saratoga

This was a regularly scheduled Tuesday morning ski trip with the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady (ECOS). Camp Saratoga is a part of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. In the winter, this parcel has groomed cross-country ski trails that are very nice and relatively close to home. Snowshoers and skiers are allowed, but bare-booting is prohibited, so the trails remain in pretty good condition.

We weren't sure that conditions would be very good today, after a high near 40F yesterday followed by a cold night. The trail conditions web page hadn't been updated, and it showed the last grooming to have been on Saturday, January 31, before the mini-thaw. But apparently, the trails were regroomed yesterday, and conditions today were actually pretty good. The tracks were fast but not icy, and there was enough loose snow elsewhere to allow good control.

I went with the fast group again, and wound up being a little faster so was out in front getting a pretty good workout, for about an hour and a half.

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