There is still snow in Waterville Valley! Although the Silver Streaks program officially ended in March, the Nordic Silver Streaks just keep on skiing because, well, why not?! Head Nordic Streak, Gigi Estes, writes about the group’s ski day on Wednesday, April 5th.
Two inches of new snow overnight. When we met at the Nordic Center the temperature was a balmy 36°F, it was cloudy and there was no breeze. Ten Nordics were ready for the outdoors; two Nordics went directly to the North End, three snowshoed and five skied up Lower Fletcher. The new snow was soft and easy to ski on. It felt like skiing on butter (not that I’ve ever skied on butter!). Nothing in the forest stirred, the stillness and the beauty of the snow-laden trees were truly awesome. I suggested Drakes Brook and Middle Fletcher, returning via Figure Three. We had not done this loop in a few years and the slow conditions today were just right for those trails. Unfortunately, Bob fell coming down Middle Fletcher. His leg hurt and he decided to walk. Where houses are close to the trail, Bob and I walked out onto the road and Joyce picked him up. I skied back to the Center. We enjoyed our lunch together but Bob was on our mind. Later I talked to Bob, he was much better. His doctor gave him some advice and will see him in a few days. He most likely has a pulled muscle. I had been happy that we had no injuries and no Band-Aid Award this season. We are so sorry, Bob, and we are sending healing vibes your way.
The Nordic Center closes this coming Sunday. We’ll continue to ski as long as there is snow. I’ll keep you informed about plans for next Wednesday. Perhaps we’ll ski in shorts and T-shirts.