XC Skiing

With snow on the ground December through April most years in Maine, I enjoyed hitting the trails on cross country skis.  I can cover more distance than on foot and many areas that are boggy in summer are accessible only in winter. Among my favorite places in Maine to ski were the Appalachian Mountain Club trails outside of Greenville, Maine in the 100 Mile Wilderness, Maine Huts and Trails,  local snowmobile trails close to my house that are lightly traveled, and Acadia National Park to name a few.

Cross Country Skiing in Acadia National Park

After leaving Maine, I headed to Colorado for five years.  With a better climate and more diverse terrain, I focused on other activities in Colorado and cross country skied less frequently.  I managed a handful of outings each winter, but not as much as in Maine.

Fresh tracks in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo
Range with the Twin Sisters in view

Living in the Adirondacks, winter holds its grip more consistently and I ski more frequently.  On any given day I can make a quick outing a few minutes from home. My first winter, I put more miles on my skis than my five years in Colorado.

Fresh tracks in untouched Adirondack snow

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