Tuesday, January 11, 2011

XC Skiing - Saratoga Spa State Park

Beginning today, and every Tuesday in ski season, the Environmental Clearinghouse (ECOS) has a ski trip to a relatively nearby area that has good snow. The first trip of the season is traditionally to Saratoga Spa State Park. We ski for a couple of hours on the golf course and other parts of the park, and then retire to the warming hut for a potluck of snacks and hot drinks.

The trails in the park had a light coating over a very firm base, and the skiing was surprisingly good.

We even took on a speedy downhill that took us to the Island Spouter in the valley below.

Some of us also did a side trip to the spring and waterfall upstream and below the bridge to SPAC, a place I'd previously only seen from above.

Today was perfect for skiing, with temps around 20 and dry snow, and the skiing was smooth as silk. Golf courses aren't my favorite places to ski, but it was good to finally get out for some reasonably good kicking and gliding.

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