Skate skiing (aka cross country skiing, but not classic) was the order of the weekend. We went yesterday up to DMR's (Durango Mountain Resort or Purgatory) cross country center, rented equipment, and went skate skiing. It is truly a humbling experience to be reduced to a bumbling beginner. There is nothing too steep for me to ski or bike, but a little sign like this on free heeling xc skis and it strikes terror into my heart. I am exaggerating a little bit, but it is still crazy how hard it is. I have done this about 3 times before, usually after a hard day of skiing in Aspen, so a fresh start makes the going a little easier. I made it an hour and was completely gassed.
espinacas catalana, risotto, and a home made apple pie dessert. Very tasty!
Today, Feb 12, we drove a bit further up to Vallecito reservoir, about 45 minutes NE of Durango. It started dumping snow in the middle of the night, so we had some fresh powder to wade through- not ideal for skating, but tons of fun. We ended up going for just under 3 hours and I was thrashed. I consider this altitude training for the Double Down, so it is good for me.
Mark is back off to Houston for the week, so I am alone in the villa. Hmmm... what shenanigans can I find this week?