And now for something completely different. The last time I went cross-country or Nordic skiing must have been at least 20+ years ago when I lived in Tahoe. Those were the days when we strapped on our skis and took of from the back yard into the woods. I have to confess, it took me a while to get into the rhythm of it again, but it was a lot of fun. I almost missed this event due to staying out too late on St. Paddy’s day and sleeping through my alarm. Luckily I was not the only one. My friend Sevin saved the day. We headed up late and were able to meet up with the rest of the group.
I rented skis from the Ski Shop at Osprey, which is at the beginning of Icicle creek road. If you are interested in rafting, this shop also rents rafts in the summertime. Osprey Ski Shop. The cost for a half-day rental was $12.00 which was plenty of time as the course was just down the road.
We went Skiing at the Fish hatchery, which I believe is this Icicle River course. This was a groomed trail which was perfect for my first time out in so many years. The cost for this trail was $18 for an adult ticket. Check the website for kid and senior prices. The groomed trail was roughly 5 miles long and mostly flat, with a couple of little hills. We lucked out on this particular day because the entire way up the pass it was raining. As soon as we got on the course, the sun came out and it was beautiful. Due to the rainy weather we have been having the snow was very wet and slushy/slow. It is melting fast. On drive home all of the waterfalls were booming and looked amazing. I suspect the season will be over soon unless we get another snow storm. But I am hoping spring is on its way and we can begin hiking soon. Here are some photos. Enjoy.