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    Ugh! My SO just got the snowblower out and ready!

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    Does that mean my riding season is nearly over? I don't ride in the winter. I am too scared of breaking the one rib I haven't broken yet. (Shower stall and biking accidents)
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    We've already had one small snow. Way too early. At least, we were lucky we didn't get 3-5 feet like the Dakotas where they lost a bunch of livestock. Yikes was that weird. In a month where they only get 1-2 inches of snow usually.

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    Well, it's normal to get it out and serviced in October. You don't want to be doing it in December, when there's 6 inches of fresh snow in your driveway.
    Kajero, have you ever thought of trying snow shoeing? It's a great way to get outside and exercise in the winter, and pretty much as risk free as youwant to make it. You can snow shoe in a local park or run down a mountain.
    The way to enjoy winter is to get outside and play! Try to remember how you felt as a kid. A little merino wool or technical fabric keeps you incredibly warm. You should enjoy your break from riding and you don't have to feel stuck inside.
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    View from my condo this morning. I had my 1st ski day of the season yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Well, it's normal to get it out and serviced in October. You don't want to be doing it in December, when there's 6 inches of fresh snow in your driveway.
    Kajero, have you ever thought of trying snow shoeing? It's a great way to get outside and exercise in the winter, and pretty much as risk free as youwant to make it. You can snow shoe in a local park or run down a mountain.
    The way to enjoy winter is to get outside and play! Try to remember how you felt as a kid. A little merino wool or technical fabric keeps you incredibly warm. You should enjoy your break from riding and you don't have to feel stuck inside.
    I THOUGHT of snow shoeing many times. My brother had my 84 year old Dad doing it one year. There is a beautiful park near here that rents out snowshoes and has beautiful trails. I may have to get that thought out of the thinking stage. There is a Meetup group that does this so perhaps I would have some encouragement!

    I cross country skied about 35 years ago, but quit when I started having problems with pain in my right toe and ball of my foot.

    I ice skated when I was in elementary school on the small pond we lived on. I haven't owned a pair of skates since those days.

    But for the last 25 years I have disliked winter no matter how I dressed. Maybe I will renew the gym membership after all!

    My brother took my Dad dog sledding in Duluth several years ago before my Dad died. Dad and my brother's family loved it. I am thinking of trying that . . . if I can find someone to go with. But that will be a one time treat!
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    Well, you might find that the state of x country skis and boots have changed A LOT in the past 35 years ago! I started nordic skiing about 21 years ago. I sort of piddled around and never did anything hard and certainly knew nothing about proper technical clothing for winter in 1992. Then, when we met our cycling friends, in 2005 they invited us for a x country weekend in Vermont. I was hooked. I bought new skis and boots and even got DH involved. He didn't like it at first, but about 2 years ago, with new skis, he finally "got it." I like x country skiing better than cycling. Maybe because I am better at it !
    Renew the gym membership, but try something outside. And remember merino wool!
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    Isn't cross country skiing a lot more work than bicycling?
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    Kajero, if you ever go snowshoeing in the mountains or on hills, you will love it when the snow has fallen, falling or is plentiful. We usually go on a snowshoeing trip at least once or twice each year in a mountain region.. ever since I've lived in British Columbia and now in Alberta. It is simply magical. Snowshoeing will get you into areas where x-country skis cannot. I've been snowshoeing for last 15 yrs.


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    Well, I don't think so. It involves moving on flats, climbing, and descending. A perfect winter complement to cycling. As in anything, you an make it as easy or hard as you want, but you do need to sweat to get the benefits of any sport. And being outside in scenery like Shooting Star just posted is worth it.
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    Do you have a guest room, Shooting Star????
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    Quote Originally Posted by kajero View Post
    I THOUGHT of snow shoeing many times. My brother had my 84 year old Dad doing it one year. There is a beautiful park near here that rents out snowshoes and has beautiful trails. I may have to get that thought out of the thinking stage. There is a Meetup group that does this so perhaps I would have some encouragement!

    I cross country skied about 35 years ago, but quit when I started having problems with pain in my right toe and ball of my foot.

    I ice skated when I was in elementary school on the small pond we lived on. I haven't owned a pair of skates since those days.

    But for the last 25 years I have disliked winter no matter how I dressed. Maybe I will renew the gym membership after all!

    My brother took my Dad dog sledding in Duluth several years ago before my Dad died. Dad and my brother's family loved it. I am thinking of trying that . . . if I can find someone to go with. But that will be a one time treat!
    I am sitting here 175 miles north of you watching the snow come down. I am not happy. I am bundled up on the couch. It probably would be healthier for me to head south but I made commitments for part of the winter, thinking that I would like the changes of the seasons. I don't. I am stuck here though because of commitments I made. I actually hope for snow so I can pull out my old skis and see if I can propel myself along.

    Take care! The snowshoeing idea sounds like fun. REI has a snowshoeing basics class on November 25. It is free, you can sign up now before it fills up.
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    This is not just for kajero but for anyone who is interested in snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies in Alberta at a cost-effective price. Calgary is approx. 120 km. south of Rockies.

    University of Calgary offers cost-effective day snowshoeing trips (under $100.00 which includes someone driving car or van per trip). I strongly suggest anyone from outside of Calgary, already have snowshoed and understand their level of fitness. Level 1 is beginner's but you see lovely mountain scenery up in your face.

    http://www.calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca/o...p-information/

    Pickup of registrants is usually by an LRT station in Calgary. So consider this alternative if you already done even some minor snowshoeing but don't want to pay expensive fees and are staying at a hotel/place in Calgary.

    I've been on one of their group trips.

    There are other companies based out of Banff/Kanaskaskis/Lake Louise but I don't know what they are. Dearie and I usuallly go on our own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingstar;685647
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    Shootingstar, I checked out the UofC outdoor centre program in your link - wow, that is impressive! I'm envious!

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    Come to Vancouver BC, most of us are still in shorts. We have been having awesome sunny weather, with another week of sun forecasted....YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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