Winter season 18/19

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Winter season 18/19

Postby Neuro » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:12 pm

First snow flurry yesterday, but likely at least a month before there's hope of going out here in Oslo, Norway.

Thinking to get rid of my skate skis this year as last season was almost all classic because of skin skis and better track selection.

You? Any new equipment or plans for when the snow comes?

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby trotro » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:55 am

Plans? Maybe do some more crust skiing, but it is too icy off track at the moment. I will try and do some classic, maybe on days when skating would get bogged down too much. So much to improve, so little time.

For fun I threw this little video together at the start of the season, it is up at Chamrousse above Grenoble.

https://youtu.be/YKp1ObD11KQ

the "selfie" shot was with the camera "balanced" on the end of a ski pole so I was worried it would fall off into the snow.

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Neuro » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:40 am

Very nice. Now I got the itch.. 8)

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby dcpattie » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:04 am

Not a great start for the US east coast; however, those in the southern rocky mountains (New Mexico and Northern AZ) are having an epic season!

Here in the mid-Atlantic its been mild and rainy and so far remains me of the 97/98 winter.
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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby trotro » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:12 am

Change of programme today, spent the morning repairing the holes at our local cross country area,

https://youtu.be/UlBFBBHbPiE

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby dcpattie » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:46 pm

trotro wrote:Change of programme today, spent the morning repairing the holes at our local cross country area,

https://youtu.be/UlBFBBHbPiE


Nice slow-mo!
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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Neuro » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:30 am

Finally enough snow to get out on my good skis. Was lovely. Image Of course everyone had the same idea so quite crowded trails with a hairy moment when a bunch had blocked a descent in the process of taking off their skis and whatnot. Wanted to plow early as I knew it would be icy at the bottom and no grip to do it there, but had to straighten the skis in order to go between the people and then there was no way back other than to continue full speed. Heart in the mouth stuff..

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Pat » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:31 am

Yes big hype about a huge winter storm in eastern US. It is winter for sure, but once again getting skunked with mostly just rain. At this rate I'll be back to mowing my yard in February. Rats!!

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby LewLasher » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:34 am

Pat wrote:mostly just rain

Where are you located?

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Pat » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:48 am

Lew -- northwest of Philadelphia. Had to cancel a Philly Masters indoor track meet today because the state declared a state of emergency for the weather. It's 45 degrees and light rain....

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby MN Hoser » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:20 pm

Another weekend up north, my 5th in a row. It seems like tonight is the first snowfall I've seen this year, but probably not. It looks like a 1/4 inch (1/2 cm), but it was beautiful. I skied classic the last two days since it was cold (below 0F). Yesterday was frustrating since there was pine needles in the track, but today was beautiful.

I'd say it's back to rollerskiing, cycling and running, but the forecast (for MPLS) has some snow. Hopefully it's enough to groom, and not just enough to screw up rollerskiing.

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Neuro » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:37 am

Went out today again, but the weekend traffic must have been immense as stones had been kicked up and was everywhere. My precious skis look a mess! Sob.. :? Ah well, at least I have rock skis now.

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby MN Hoser » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:26 am

It was quite a storm. I’d say we now have a 1/2 cm in the woods. I made the decision to sweep the sidewalk, although today the sun came out, so the sweeping was just some added arm work.

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby Neuro » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:02 am

So this weekend's snow means normal service is resumed, but it's almost February..

Steel scraped my skis to see what we could be done about all the stone marks, but too far gone. They will need to be sanded (and some spots even filled..) I went out today and the loss in glide is noticeable.

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Re: Winter season 18/19

Postby UPrSKr » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:48 pm

This ski season has been good, with 390cm total snowfall to date, with about 90cm on the ground in the woods. I've been skiing since late October and enjoying the moderate El Nino temperatures - up until now. Enter the Polar Vortex. Now it is too cold, snowy, and windy to enjoy skiing! I even skipped my favorite ski race yesterday due to extreme cold. I think the skiing might have been tolerable but I didn't want to drive to Marquette in whiteout conditions, or tolerate standing at the starting line and shivering. I'm having more health issues as I get older and trying to avoid doing things that I do not enjoy. I did manage to ski a lap at MTU trails around noon yesterday and that was ok for a couple of hours. Today I just spent shoveling snow as it was -22C and windy. I hope to go skiing tomorrow before the next blast of cold air hits Tuesday into Thursday. Photo shows snow cover in my backyard this afternoon. ...and it's a beautiful day... (like in Fargo.)
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