I started cross-country skiing in the winter of 1999-2000. I'd wanted to
learn to ski when I moved to the USA in late 1996, but that winter I blew out
my ACL. The next winter I was laid up having an
operation to fix it, and the winter after
that I was rather preoccupied with moving from San Francisco to Seattle.
Finally, I bought some cheap second-hand cross-country skiing equipment at a
garage sale, read a book, and headed for the hills. Cross-country skiing has
turned out to be excellent aerobic exercise, and great for getting to more
remote spots; I'm looking forward to being good enough to do some backpacking
trips on skis. I did have one nasty accident, trying to improve my turns on
the downhill slopes at Snoqualmie.
Nick shows off his skiing (16K JPEG).
Ivonne tries to turn... (19K JPEG).
...and ends up showing off as a contortionist (35K JPEG).
This is what happens when you ski into a snow drift too fast. Photo copyright
Ivonne, 2001 (60K JPEG).
I've been telemark skiing since the winter of
2000-2001, and rarely use my old cross-country gear any more.
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