Spring Skiing

Sometimes spring skiing is great: warm temperatures, sunshine, interesting and fun snow. Today was not that day here in Northfield, but goddamn if I didn’t have One Last Ski™ – a solid and sweaty hour in conditions that included foot-deep slush, inch-thick ice, and various obstacles. I prefer to think of these obstacles as increasing the technical difficulty of the course. And thank god for “rock skis”!

Bare Ground
Ten feet further, I had to ski over a foot-wide isthmus of ice between two open expanses of ski-eating gravel.
Spring Skiing: Bare Ground

Deer Crap
Perhaps the fiftieth collection of deer crap on the trail.
Spring Skiing: Deer Poop

Standing Water
You can’t really see it, but there are numerous inch-deep puddles of water here on this “snow.”
Spring Skiing: Standing Water

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