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.


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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