Slip sliding along

After 2 weeks of early snow showers and constant freezing, it had ironically started to thaw by the time we returned. Positive temperatures and drizzling rain is killing snow rather quickly so a lot of the nearby skihills were closing or had disappointly low snow levels left.  So we headed to Belgium's highest point nearby again hoping that that one or two degrees less there would make the difference and it did.  Much to our surprise it was very calm out there...clearly the rest of the country didn't belief there would be still snow left at the Botrange.

So my prediction came true: this is a post of cross-country skiing at the High Fens :)

I had attempted to cross-country ski once before...15 years ago in Canada...so when I started off I gave a little shriek at every tiny bump on the trail, frightened to loose my balance whenever my skis would slide in any direction.  A man teaching a girl how to take a good posture, asked us whether we needed some teaching as well.   Tsss people jump to conclusions so easily these days ;)

Little by little I got more the hang of it and I felt quite proud of my own progress. That was of course until a local wooshed by with an impressive style and dito speed.  Ha,  I can slide in such nice big forward V's as well!  Well, after loosing my balance 3 times within one minute attempting to copy him, I decided a decent tourist style is good enough :). And now I can enjoy the feeling of some unknown muscles for the rest of the day.


Comments

Lilacspecs said…
Good luck with that. I'm not a big ski fan. I do like sledding though.
anno said…
looks like fun! should I hope for more opportunities to give it a try?
Brian Miller said…
nice. used to enjoy skiing often until i messed up my legs...really want to try getting back out there...
Autumn Leaf said…
Bij mij is mijn eerste keer (en tot nu toe laatste keer) ook 15 jaar geleden. Skien doe ik niet, maar langlauf wil echt nog wel eens proberen.
Snooker said…
Cross country skiing is not really so bad. Once you get the hang of it, you will forget that you have skis on your feet. Just give it a few tries and before you know it, the slip-sliding will feel like walking.

What I loved about it was that it allowed me to get into the woods for some great pictures/experiences when the snow was too deep to be walked in.
Goofball said…
@lilacspecs: I'm too scared to learn any decent down-hill skiing. In that matter cross-country is way better for me

@anno: yes I am crossing my fingers for a long winter with lots of snow in the Ardennes.

@Autumn Leaf: ik kan je het aanraden. De pistes zijn nog minstens een week open. Nu is kwaliteit beetje slechter (dooi en terug aanvriezen) maar in 2e helft van week wordt verse sneeuw verwacht.

@snooker: indeed. Only my muscles didn't forget the day after that I've been on skis. Ouch

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