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Not so scary Halloween ski story
By:  Allan Butler   (2010/10/31)


I started at P10. There were lots of cars in the parking lot.

The warmth of the pavement had melted the snow on the parkways. Skiing on the fringe was passable. It was either head out for a cold wet roller ski, cycle in the basement, or do a mild weather ski.

My only rock ski are skate skis, but I had brought my classic poles along just encase. It was a classic ski with skate skis, skate boots and classic poles. The grass and leaves worked fine for kick wax :-)

Conditions got a little better once up to Fortune Lake.

It is unusual and quite picturesque to have both open water on Fortune Lake and snow.

The fringe was sparse in many places but it was more coverage than on the trails in the woods.

Eventually I developed a blister on my heal from doing classic technique in skate boots so I had to turn back. A nice outing all considered. These pictures make it like I was mostly alone but I counted 37 skiers, 4 walkers, 2 runners, 1 roller skier, 1 cyclist, and 1 dog.

Think snow!

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