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The Cross-country Skier's Alphabet
By:  Liza Rozina   (2015/01/03)

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A is for skiing in the alps and avoiding avalanches,


B is for not losing your baskets when you're backcountry skiing,


C is for carrot, a grip wax used for the classic technique,


D is for dreadful downhills, and diagonal striding uphills,


E is for eating to make enough energy


F is for your skis flexing when you are freestyling, flying off jumps,


G is for gripping and gliding on the groomed trails,


H is for experiencing a header while you're herringboning on your hairies,


I is for ice, which is not nearly as nice as soft fluffy snow,

J is for jumping for joy, when Ottawa finally gets some snow!


K is for klister that helps you kick,


L is for lunge, what you do at the end of a race,


M is for the mighty mountain, which you ski up and down


N is for nordic, the best kind of skiing!


O is for oops uttered when you go off-track,


P is for push-ups and pull-ups that will prove that you can pole faster,


Q is for quenching your thirst after a long slow distance ski,


R is for roaring on your rollerskis when the roads are bare of snow,


S is for our spandexy suits worn when skating in the snow,


T is for tucking on a long touring ski,


U is for uphills, the best part of skiing,


V is for Vauhti, an awesome ski wax company!


W is for waxing, which makes your skis go faster,


X is for XCOttawa, an elite XCski team,


Y is for the Yeti, a noble creature, and XCOttawa's favourite mascot


Z is for the zzzz's at the end of a long day of skiing!



Now you know your nordic skiing ABC's, won't you come and ski with me?

Thank you to Craig Storey for contributing I, L, and M to the alphabet!

 
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