Gigi Estes, head Nordic Silver Streak, keeps us updated on what this active group of “senior” skiers are doing each week. Read her Wednesday, March 6 report below…
We were 9 Nordics gathering at the Nordic Center. The thermometer showed 33°F, yet it felt colder because there was a breeze. A roaring fire was burning in the fireplace, so nice and cozy. Old X/C-ski photos from the 1970s and 80s were showing on the TV screen, thanks to Walt Stockwell. Thank you, Walt. Fondly we remembered the old knickers, knee socks, the wooden skis with the three point bindings and the bamboo poles. We skied the South End; stratus clouds hung low in the sky and it snowed lightly, a nice winter day. Starting to ski, we met Brice in his Piston Bully just finishing the grooming. Our groomers are such wonderful trail magicians, being out while the rest of us are still asleep. Conditions were perfect, freshly groomed with a bit of new snow. A couple of skiers found it slightly sticky but some wax took care of it. Several Nordics took Kay’s classic clinic. Kay concentrated on giving personal help to the individual skiers. It has been interesting for me to observe over the years how many of our Nordics have improved their techniques. The rest of us skied different trails: Snows, the Fletchers, Sloppy Joes, HB Highway. Back at the Nordic Center we met two more of our Nordics plus a new Silver Streak member, Joe, and his friend, for lunch. We had special goodies with our coffee today, namely chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven (microwave)! They were hot and soft with the chocolate just melting. As always, we enjoyed the camaraderie of being together.
The skate-ski clinic, the last clinic of the season, is coming up next Wednesday, March 13. Additional skiers may still be added to the clinic. Please come to the Nordic Center between 9:30 and 9:45 to be ready to start at 10 a.m.
P.S. Let’s wear the old knickers if we have any – and can find them – on Wednesday, March 20.