Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Spankin' New

While up in B.C., a friend and I tried what is benignly termed "skate skiing." THEY say, if you can ice skate, you can skate ski. I say, hogwash. It was far more difficult than regular cross country skiing, and in very little way resembled ice skating, which I learned to do shortly after I began to walk. We tried, heaven knows, we tried, for three hours, to emulate the lean lycra-clad beings who zipped by us, skate skiing. We couldn't obtain a lesson, as the instructor, Savio, was fully booked on New Year's Eve day. I waggishly enquired if Fabio was available, but alas... So we were on our own. Ah, well, we earned our delightful dinner that night, a boulliabaise chockful of all manner of delectable items, as well as a host of wonderful side dishes and sufficient amounts of champagne. The youngsters who had spent all day at Whistler/Blackcomb struggled to stay awake until midnight, but we elders were bright-eyed and cheery as we ushered in '007.
We spent a couple of hours on New Year's Day swimming, hot-tubbing, and some went into the sauna at the Squamish public pool; I messed around on the "Sky Ladder", a contraption the lifeguards lower over the deep end upon request, which involves climbing hand-over-hand up a knotted rope out of the water to a double wooden monkeybar/ladder set-up, which I went through and around a couple times until reason argued that if I did it one more time, I might dislocate something; great fun.
We decided we wanted to conquer skate skiing somehow, but we'll see if we get out again this winter. Brute strength I can still do to some extent, but I'm wondering if acquiring more technique is too much to expect.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of skate skiing, but then anything that would seem to require falling down in the snow would not be on my radar.

Sounds like a lovely time.

4:18 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I'm trying to picture this skate skiing. When I lived in NY state for a couple of years, I loved watching people ice skate and ski, but my bones warned me that they didn't want to be broken so I never tried any of it.

6:36 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I can't picture skate-skiing. I'll have to google around a bit to see what it looks like.

Sounds like a lovely way to usher in the new year.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Here's a photo of our blog hostess on skate skis. On the surface, they don't look that different from X-country skis. I also need to do more research.

4:47 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Kathyr, I didn't fall down much, one time intentionally since there were a bunch of people at the bottom of a hill and I didn't think I could snow plow. It was fun, though.

Pop, I'm STILL trying to picture how to do it!!! I just couldn't figure out how to so the side to side pushing off. The terrain was so gentle I would have had to try realy hard to break anything. Ah, well, it burned some calories...

Robin, it was fun, but see above remark to Pop!

Ooh, I look so klutzy. The skate skis are a bit narrower than the Classic Nordic skis.
Sigh. I guess it's just hard to learn new stuff when you're 56...

5:45 PM  

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