warm until the last week of 2003. The week before Thanksgiving
some light snow fall. One morning left enough snow covering to
me think that it might be worth taking the old skis out to add some new
scratches, but really there was not much chance that it would have been
worth the effort. I have started this entry on December 4th
We are supposed to have 2" of snow in the next two days, so here is
(and my) warning. Get those skis, boots and poles ready.
We got some cold days, but we didn't get snow until Saturday December 13th.
Sunday December 14th we had a 3 inch blanket of snow. This was plenty to make this reporter of Skidays in Bloomington know that it is time to get out and test the "waters" despite a very sore shoulder from a bicycle accident from the prior Sunday. On arriving at the IU golf course, I met a skier returning from his car. When asked about the conditions, he commented that he hoped my skis were slicker than his. The dreaded sticking snow to the bottom of ones skis on the first snow of the winter. I wished I had transported my skis on the roof of my car rather than inside, so they would have been colder, but I put them in the snow to cool while I changed into my ski boots. I took off gliding down the hill thinking that I did have it figured out. Then I hit a wet low spot and things got much worse. I managed to keep the snow off the bases of my skis by pushing down hard and staying on the tops of the rises, rather than the valleys, but soon it seemed just not worth it and I headed back to the car in short order.
|Tuesday February 10th, At 9:30 AM, I met with Chris Howell a Bloomington Herald Times Photographer at Karst Park. It seems they are going to do a Sunday outdoor story on Cross Country Skiing in the area. I showed Chris around the area as he snapped a few shots. The sun was so bright, I wore my yellow cycling sunglasses. Monday night, Adam urged that I not be a bad example by wearing cotton, so if you don't recognize me in the glasses, fleece and Ultrex, in the pictures in the paper, look again. The snow was compacted from the warmer air, but the texture of the surface was enough to create a stable feel. If one owns skate skis and has them waxed, these last several days have been excellent skate ski conditions. I can not help but practice the skate technique even on my old waxless touring skis on these days. We still have plenty of snow, but the grass is showing in some spots. People are calling for ski equipment now, and we can't put together a full set in any size. I am trying to contact a wholesaler to establish a dealership for NNN bindings again. If you don't get it together this year, don't wait another year to buy into this inexpensive sport that is such great exercise fun this time of year.||
Chris Howell/ Herald Times shot of these feet and my shadow, Feb 10, 2004