Totally Golden: Cross country skiing at the golf course

Golden has so many winter activities to offer that range from leisurely sports, to extreme ones, and to be honest, I’m not sure where cross country skiing sits on that list.

Someone recently convinced me to try it out for the first time. I’m not sure why, but I was nervous as soon as I laced up the boots. As soon as I stepped outside, the dangers of cross country skiing started becoming apparent. Beware: cross country ski boots are not intended for walking on ice. This is a very important lesson that you wouldn’t want to learn the hard way. Another difficult lesson I learned, is to never, ever lean back on those skis while you’re strapped in and going downhill. Your body might fold in ways you didn’t think possible.

OK, so the hour of cross country skiing at the golf course started out pretty mild. Getting the hang of the skiing or skating motion didn’t take long, and before long I was (almost) keeping up with my cohort. Of course, getting into the motion also means it is easy to misstep and land yourself in the snow. There might be a few new body prints from me flopping over sporadically.

It only took me an hour to go around the entire track. I was dressed for warmth, but definitely didn’t need all those layers. Next time, I will dress lighter, knowing I’ll be sweating buckets.

The golf course is a lovely place to spend an hour. It is very pretty, and en route, you will cross over multiple bridges. Right now, the creek is just peeking through the snow, so it is very beautiful, and a great place to catch your breath before speeding over the other side.

If you’re a newbie like me, make sure to ask your skiing partner how to slow down. Things can get a little intense when you’re speeding down the smallest hill ever, uneasy on your feet and unsure of how to stop if needed. Shortly after my third (and final) fall of the day, I received this helpful little tip. Also, watch out for those moments where the track gets a little mixed up. It is very easy for your skis to come out from where they belong, and cross each other right in front of you.

Everyone out skiing on the golf course is friendly. They’re all out there for the same reason: fresh air and exercise. I saw people I knew, and some new faces. We went on Friday, which was a really gorgeous and warm day.

If you have an hour to spare, find yourself some cross country skis and check it out. Maybe go with someone who knows what they’re doing and can also set the pace for you. After you get that push-slide motion down, you will be a pro in no time.

Once my ankles heal up, I’ll try it out again. My goal for the season is to get up to Dawn Mountain to try out the trails up there. I just don’t think I’m ready for any hills yet, no matter their size.

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