Ski race Saturday, clinic Sunday

The Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association is holding a cross-country ski race at Minnewaska State Park Preserve Saturday Feb. 10, and a clinic for people who want to know more about the sport at Mohonk Mountain House on Sunday Feb. 11.

New Paltz is about 2 hours from NYC, an easy drive, and the views over the Hudson plain from the Gunks are spectacular.

See the SNSA web page for a bit of information about the group, and their Facebook page for more details.

What does the NYTimes have against cross-country skiing?

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The Article

Every four years it’s the same thing- people notice that there’s a set of Nordic sports (cross-country skiing, Biathlon, Nordic combined, ski jumping) and the intense focus and discipline required. The result is the usual spate of pieces about how much work it is, how demanding cross-country skiing and biathlon are, and how watching them is the sporting equivalent of watching paint dry.

But this article: “What Cross-CountrySkiing Reveals About theHuman Condition” by Sam Anderson, put me over the edge.

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Wednesday January 31 ski conditions

Summary

Daytime temps will be above freezing throughout much of the Northeast on Thursday before dropping to the 20’s and even teens on Friday and Saturday. The groomers will have to make a granular surface out of the refrozen snow they have. There’s no major snowstorms in the forecast, but even a bit of white stuff can help refresh the base and make the skiing a bit more pleasant.

Osceola is looking to be in pretty good shape, while Lapland Lake, Garnet Hill, and Cascade in NY, and Grafton Trails, Okemo, and Wild Wings in VT are soldiering on with at least 10k open as of midweek.

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