Monday, December 30, 2013
XC at Lapland Lake: 12/29/2013
These days I don't get the chance to do nearly as much groomed cross-country skiing as I'd like. So when our kids made plans to spend Sunday with the grandparents, Beth and I jumped on the chance to get in a skinny-ski workout. The only hitch, if you hadn't noticed, is the minimal snow cover we're currently experiencing throughout the Adirondacks. Mount Van Ho?... a 1K loop on manmade snow with a "rock ski advisory" for a few more K. Garnet Hill Lodge?... 15K with warnings of "variable conditions and icy patches."
Lapland Lake reported in with good skiing on 34K, just about their entire trail system. I knew from experience that I could rely on Lapland's impeccable grooming and honest reporting, so it didn't take long for us to make our decision and pack the car.
Of course we went back out again so that Beth could give her new sticks a test ski, but it had started snowing. Goose down flakes were coming down hard, which looked beautiful but slowed down the skiing so that it felt like our skis had velcro bases. The ride home was a bit of a white-knuckle trip, but I'm happy to have the snow. Friends who skied with us on Sunday and then went back again today reported that the couple inches Lapland picked up made the skiing even better.