While I was dying to try out my new snowshoes over Christmas break, I went cross country skiing in Waterton on Monday with Ryan to enjoy our last day of winter break before going back to work.
We rented our skiis from Waterton Lakes Lodge again for only $15 for the day. It’s a deal, but I don’t know how people could go the whole day because cross country skiing is exhausting!
On the drive up to the Cameron Lake trail we passed a trail on the left marked Dipper with the cross country sign. I thought it would be a lot of fun to go on a trail through the woods rather than on the much-used Cameron Lake trail. Big mistake. This trail was a blue diamond trail (intermediate) meaning that it went up and down and up and down.
It also didn’t help that the beautiful blue skies and shiny sun that I relished on the drive over made the snow really sticky and heavy so we were forced to walk more that glide. And I kept falling. Several times, again and again.
One of Ryan’s ski bindings were broken and so his foot kept coming out which was really frustrating.
After about a half hour on this trail, we decided to turn around and go to the Cameron Lake trail. Sadly, my beloved Roxy toque that I had shoved in my pocket came out at some point on the way home and is now a gift for the next skier who comes along. It was old, and had coffee stains on it but I was still sad to say goodbye.
The Cameron Trail was nice. As soon as we started, we saw another trail veer to the left and we decided to take that as it seemed less populated. We were right and we went for another hour before my arms and legs were yelling at me and we had to turn around. What I didn’t realize is that we were going at a slight incline that whole way so the way down was a lot of fun. I think I could even try downhill skiing now. Ok..maybe not. But it was a lot of fun to crouch down and let the skis do all the work.
It was a gorgeous day to be in the mountains and I plan to go again on Saturday to try out my snowshoes and have dinner with my old roomie Kierstyn.
In the meantime it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Work, gym, cleaning house, visiting grandpa at the hospital. It was a great holiday and I only wished it could have lasted a little longer.