Cross Country Skiing in the Catskills
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The past week the temperatures have decreased substantially. The last nights we had temperatures like -8 °C (18F). Today the weather was just great, very sunny, no wind, etc. The perfect day to load my cross country skis into my car and hit the road to the Catskill Mountains.
The last time I had applied the skis to my feet was in February last year, when we had quite a lot of snow in the city and Central Park was my playground (see here). Today I had decided to go the Frost Valley, a beautiful valley in the Catskill Mountains in which the Neversink River runs. The Frost Valley YMCA advertised on their website and promised about 25 km of trails.
This was also the first winter drive with my new Mazda. It served me well. Especially on the country roads in the Catskills, the roads that were not shoveled but prepared with a mixture of snow and sand. The car drove very nicely.
Arrived at the YMCA I had to go the stables in which the ski "office" was located. A friendly lady provided me with information, took my 10-dollar trail fee and gave me a map. But there was more. I needed to fill out a whole statement of liability, I had to leave my driver's license, and I was informed that if I had not checked back by 4:30 hrs they would send out recue teams to search for me. Overall not a really bad idea for a solo skier, but it felt a little bit overdone.
I started in the valley, the tracks had been groomed but the typical dual tracks for the skis had not been prepared.
On my way back home the temperature touched -18 °C (0 F). I was so happy with the heated seats in my Mazda.... ;)
More pictures below!