Off Season Fun: Skiing
Yesterday I took advantage of a sunny day and headed up the Mohawk Trail for some skiing. I learned to ski shortly after learning to ride a bike, and had already tackled Killington at age 7. I love to ski, but over the years, I stopped. For the past 10 or so years I have skied just once. A lot of it was due to being a new mother, then a single mother, and having a young child. Skiing, like cycling, is a very expensive and time intense sport. I had to pick and chose. And you can cycle a whole lot more days of the year then you can ski–at least where I live in mid New England.
I went to Berkshire East–a small hill by skiing standards, but with $38 lift tickets and no lift lines, I wasn’t complaining. We’ve had a few nice snowfalls over the last couple of weeks, followed by cold temperatures that allowed for snowmaking, The slopes had packed power, nicely groomed like corduroy. There were a few ice patches but they were manageable.
Another plus–there was almost no one there, which meant I never waited for a lift. Unload at the top, ski down, ski right up to the chair, load back up. The chairlifts are older so they don’t run very fast, and the hill wasn’t tall so I reached the bottom fairly quickly. But I got a decent number of runs in, and the conditions were so lovely, it was nice to enjoy carving out turns without reckless teenagers or out of control novices interrupting the run.
I spent little time in the lodge, but was there long enough to notice this big banner draped on the railing inside.
After some research I learned that 2013 will be the second annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon. If you like bagpipes, read on. The race consists of 5 legs: a 10k trail run, 23 miles of road biking, 5 miles of kayaking, a mile to the top of the mountain and a downhill ski to the finish. They hold it in late March because it’s possible to do all 5 events during late winter/early spring. The allow teams of 2, 5 or single entries (know as Bravehearts). Yes, there is a guy in a kilt playing the bagpipes on a rock against a backdrop of open fields and mountains. It’s all for a good cause–local preservation efforts, and looks mildly insane. Of course, I’m interested. It will go under consideration for this year’s events to participate in.