Sportlov (part 4- final): längdskidåkning, solsken, and hema (cross country skiing, sunshine, and home)
On Saturday, 29 March, we took a break from alpine skiing and went cross country skiing again. Carson had stayed with us for a "sover over" (a sleep over). After gearing up, it was nice to be able to walk out our apartment 5 minutes to a ski trail. Good skiing with our crew on a mix of classic (in the tracks) and skate (on a flat track) gear with a lot of different speeds. No one seemed to be in too much of a hurry that day, though there were a few short race sprints thrown in.
|Kids with long legs! (photo by Colter)|
Stephen isn't sure why I took a picture before helping dig him out, but Stephen buried in the powder was a common scene. Luckily, fixing his boots so they were the same size meant his skis stayed on.
After skiing, I ventured to the store to buy the fixings for a raclette dinner... the fellow at the store was quite happy to sell me whatever I needed for a party of 9 (the Leys family + the Fowler family + Tom, a friend of the Leys family who had arrived that day from Salt Lake City). Chris was questioned when he bought 6 baguettes (1 euro each, so actually not a big investment).
Overall, a remarkable ski trip- terrain unlike anything I've skied before. Also a remarkable change in comfort from the beginning of the week to the end. We were super excited (for obvious reasons) to have as much new snow as came down. The guy at the ski shop asked for our number so that the next time they needed snow, we could come back (we were skiing in Colorado for last spring break and had 5 feet dump on us while we were there). We spent more time with the Leys family than expected- the kids playing and skiing together a lot, and a nice chance to catch up.