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Sunday, February 10, 2013

After The Storm

Cross country ski outfit: LLBean jacket, Brora vest.
 Saturday morning shone bright and magical with a new snow and lots of it.  We must have had at least 30cm though it felt more like 50cm when shovelling out the car.
No matter, we needed to rescue our vehicle so that it could take us the short distance to the trails of our local Nordic Ski Club.
What can I say, it was one of the best ski's we've had in years and I wanted to share it with you through pictures.
One of the best things about cross country skiing is that it feels so easy and natural: you need some good ski equipment, true, but after that your needs are minor.  No chairlifts, ski passes or fancy technical clothing.  We pay $35 a year to belong to the ski club.  Pop your boots on and go.
A turn through the forest.

That's MrBP leaving me in the dust.

The peace and calm of the woods.

A spiritual experience.
The trails run through a Jesuit retreat and there is  definitely a special feeling to the whole property and to the experience of just being there.  I love the little ochre chapel, above, that we come across on our way out to the fields.
I hope that you've enjoyed the aftermath of the snow if you live in the NorthEast and more importantly that you were safe and cozy during the storm.
Have a lovely Sunday!
xoxDani

28 comments:

  1. That sounds perfect! The storm mostly missed us here. I haven't been cross-country skiing in years. It was fun but I was terrible at it on the open trails (I could get by on the groomed tracks). The downhills always did me in. $35 for a season pass is a deal!

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    1. cate it does take some practice. I often eek sideways down a hill so I don't wipe out. MrBP always goes for it but he is an amazing downhill skier.
      We did downhill for years when our kids were younger which makes me appreciate the simplicity, the exercise and the low-cost of cross country skiing even more! Of course none of our children like to cross country but I'm hoping that will change as they get older.

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    2. I am a good downhill skiier too, which made it extra humbling to flail around on cross-country skis. For some reason, for me, the downhill skiing didn't translate to being a natural at cross-country skiing. Not having my heels attached to the skis really threw me off. Did you ever try telemark skiing? That was very hard for me too.

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  2. I find the aftermath math to be so tranquil. It is perfect family and rest time. It is so lovely outside my kitchen window, that I just admire and stare. Very relaxing. Thank you for sharing your cross country pictures!

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  3. Beautiful and tranquil place to cross country ski. Love your outfit as well.

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  4. SKINNY SKIS Hello Dani, thanks for sharing all those lovely snow-frosted trees. Like your Fair Isle meets lumberjack check too. And good on Mr. BP for speeding out of the office. Happy Sunday right back at you. Off to High Park before all the snow melts.

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  5. Beautiful! Your ensemble and the snow and the chapel. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

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  6. A wonderful way to enjoy the snow, Dani. Everything looks so lovely and peaceful. Thanks for sharing - have a great Sunday! :)

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  7. Happy Sunday, Dani. How lovely your day looks! Thank you for sharing your pictures.

    I was just talking to a good friend in T.O. and she said that she cross country skied to work yesterday - downtown!

    I was also just talking to somebody last night about cross country skiing. Seems like it is about time I started doing it myself.

    I also wanted to say that I'm so glad that you introduced us to Liberty scarves. I've been looking at them and they are totally up my alley, I will keep that info in my back pocket!

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    1. p.s. I really like your ring stack. I have always imagined that over time I would like to add rings to my band to have a small stack.

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    2. Abby those rings are celebration stack rings, not from Tiffany's though they sell a collection which I'm sure inspired a thousand others like it, MrBP bought mine at our local store. They are nice to wear because they are not over the top. Mine are platinum but they come in different golds as well.

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  8. Gosh - I haven't skied in ages - at least 15 years. we move over into snowshoes - but I haven;t been on them for 2 years! Time to dig them out! You are inspiring me! Tell Mr. BP to slow down! :-)

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    1. Wendy that would be a great activity for all that snow you have, I find all of that fresh air is a real cheer up and it is serious exercise, we went out and had a huge dinner last night, we were so hungry!

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    2. And I meant to say as well your outfit is dandy and you are quite cheeky there, with your hand on your hip!

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  9. I used to cross country ski when we lived in Saskatchewan. Lots of flat land, you know, no mountains within a reasonable drive. It's such a lovely way to spend a day when it's cold and sunny. I'm glad you had enough snow to enjoy it, Dani.

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    1. DF we were so happy to have the snow, as you know from my complaining we haven't had enough in recent years to get in a good solid ski.
      Saskatchewan would be PERFECT for skiing!

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  10. Isn't the snow brilliant?? You look good in that vest, very Nordic. We went "tracking" in the woods on snowshoes-- looking for animal tracks. Saw porcupine, otter, mouse, deer tracks. Wonderful place you have to ski.

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    1. Lane I wish I had some talent for spotting animal tracks, there were plenty but I had no idea what they were. And MrBP moves too fast to see them!
      Sounds like you had a lovely time in the woods as well, there's nothing better.

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  11. Hi Dani, that looks like an absolutely lovely outing! My husband is taking Thursday and Friday off and we are going to go snowshoeing locally on one of the days (the other day will be an Ikea run). I'm looking forward to it - hopefully we'll have a nice sunny day.

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  12. Hi Dani-Thank you for the beautiful snow pictures. I have never been skiing, but it looks like lots of fun. I think everything is so pretty in the snow, the tree limbs stretching towards Heaven, the pines, hemlocks and bushes looking so dressed up in their white poufy outfits and the birds hopping about, beautiful in their subdued winter feathers. We are all snuggied in down here, watching it rain, feeding the wet little birds and indulging in lots of hot tea. Hope your day is lovely.

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  13. so hot here so loving the snow pictures. Feel sad for those who lost power. The weather is crazy the world over at the moment.

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  14. Such lovely pictures, Dani! The snow looks so lovely, especially when you are experiencing 80 degree temps in February like we are! I have never been snow skiing myself, but would love to do so one day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

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  15. I'm not a skier, but it looks so inviting, even to me. Sounds like good, old-fashioned fun!

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  16. Dani, In case you missed this Sartorialist post (taken when Scott was visiting my hometown of Stowe, Vermont during the holidays),you have totally nailed the "Ski Chic" look! View here: http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-slopes-woolrich-field-coat-stowe-vermont/

    We have not identified the person in the photograph, but with his casual vibe, it could only be a local! Plaid jacket, corduroys, L.L. Bean boots - who knew!?

    Enjoy the exercise and snow. It's what we're all about here as well.

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  17. Oh you're lucky Dani . What a perfect day to be in the woods. I love skate skiing and especially the silence of just the blades hitting the snow. That could have been my husband as he's always one hill in front of me. Love the outfit.

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  18. I used to downhill ski but the last time I did it was more than ten years ago as I was still in France. When you are a downhill skier you look at cross-country skiing as to something for old people but I think I am ready, I am too scared of skiing down a hill now (my last experience was a bit traumatizing even if I didn't break anything). The problem is my husband loves to ski (downhill) so I don't think we are going to cross-country ski anytime soon, especially now that our daughter has the age to be on a slope!

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  19. Well, I'm no big fan of snow, but your outfit is a good reason for the weather. Very nice.

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  20. Oh Dani, that looks idyllic, and that red check jacket is the best ever, I've always loved that kind of check for winter but never owned anything in it.

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