Last year at this time we were still hoping for snow. This year, I have the luxury of being disappointed by the rain which means not quite all the trails at Waterville Valley are open.
I got out today for my first real overdistance day in far longer than I care to think about. I skated for three hours, skiing most of the trails at Waterville, including some of the trails that were closed; for whatever reason skiing on sketchy ice with melted out streams is my idea of a good time, even when there are perfectly good groomed trails I didn’t get to ski. I think it is because in the last ten years I have rarely skied the South End trail system there so any chance I get I take.
I didn’t have Iris with me today; I am going to have to take a look at my log and figure out if I have skied more hours pulling her or on my own. When skiing is limited it is nice to pull the Chariot; it lets me get more time out of less trail. But on a day like today, when I could ski over 50 kilometers and never ski the same trail twice, it was kind of nice to go alone.