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The winter of my discontent?

27 Feb

What I feared has come. After three excellent winters in a row, Oslo has finally got a bad one. We’ve had very little snow and now spring has come horribly early.

Even though the calendar says February, temperatures are now regularly climbing up toward the teens. Today skies are clear but a good bit of the little precipitation we’ve had has come as rain.

So now it’s already Easter conditions requiring sticky klister wax if you go classic. I’ve preferred to skate to avoid depression. The up side with that is you can climb fast on an icy track. Then, whatever technique you choose, you scream through the downhill. Just requires steely nerves because ice is not forgiving, particularly when you’re going fast.

But maybe the risk is bigger to my mood than to my body. Skiing keeps my mood on an even keel. Happily it’s still possible to ski right now in the Oslo forest. But I have to travel because conditions on my home trail are getting hopeless.

In years past that trail got prepared double-wide for skating. I would go before work on a new prepared trail and it was pure joy. I could hone the way I took every corner and every change in elevation. It was great technique practice and extremely pleasurable. This year the trail has only been prepped single-wide because there’s not enough snow. And now conditions are such that it’s not even worth skiing classic.

But no use being bitter about what you can’t change. Maybe there are other things in life than skiing. Maybe. Perhaps I should just hope for an early rollerski season. Less heartbreak there.

Still, maybe there’s hope. I spoke to a very kind conductor on the train to the closest remaining snow. She assured me that we would “get another winter” in week or two’s time. Let’s hope she’s better at foretelling weather than her employer is at predicting train arrival times.

Skiing off into the sunset

12 Apr

Here’s the view looking North yesterday. I was tempted to keep going. The snow was soft, but nice. If I maintained my cap I’d end up in Northern Norway, take a boat to Svalbard and continue skiing. For quite a while. Unless I got eaten by polar bears.

How I learned to stop skating and love red klister

22 Apr

Nowhere lake area snow

“Er det fortsatt skifôre?”

“Nei da! Jeg liker bare å ha skiene altid med meg i bussen.”

We actually got new snow yesterday in higher, northerly facing places such as the above. Felt like a sicko when I bought that tube of sticky slimy stuff, but now I’m starting to enjoy red klister’s uses. Regret I haven’t been up here more. Not difficult access from my place.

Skating on such soft snow is hopeless but classic under the influence of klister glue goo is no problem.

The track firmed up in the evening chill letting me come back down the hill at rocket speed. It wasn’t even idiot obsessive conditions yet. It was actually enjoyable. Didn’t have to take my gravel skis off once.