Should I stay or should I go (ski trip edition)?
August 26, 2012 10:20 PM Subscribe
How much harder is it to ski (x-country) carrying a heavy pack? How much harder is a four day trip than a two-day one? How hard is it to switch from one type of ski to another? Can I do this?
posted by lollusc to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I ski cross-country once or twice each season. My first trip for this season was last weekend where I did a one-day 10km trip (with an extra 2.5km warm-up beforehand). About half of it was non-stop uphill. I sweated and swore, and decided I would never go skiing again.
This weekend I did a two-day trip, with a few hours of easy practice skiing on the Saturday, snow camping, then a full day (9-4:30 with three 20-minute-ish breaks) on the Sunday. There was a lot of uphill, but it was interspersed with sections of flat and downhill. Some downhill runs were super scary to me. There were some short uphill bits that I didn't think I was going to manage, and where I had to break to catch my breath every fifty steps. I injured my knee slightly near the end, which I'm sure was entirely fatigue-related stupidity. I think it will heal up pretty quickly, though. I sat in the snow and cried three times, promising myself I would never go skiing again.
In two weeks time some friends want me to join them on a four-day cross-country trip (Jagungal, if any Australians know it). They say it's a trip that can be done in two days, but they are going to take it slow and maybe include a couple of detours on the way. The people on my trip yesterday said that the Jagungal trip is very similar in difficulty level to yesterday's skiing. BUT I'll be carrying a pack for at least some of it with four days' worth of food, dry clothes, emergency gear, sleeping bag, etc, and maybe a tent, although we might use the huts instead. (If we use the huts, we'll leave the packs at one for at least one full day). By the fourth day I will be fatigued from three nights of not very good sleep (because cold! hard surfaces! etc). And I've never skied with more than a small day pack before.
Also the friends are insisting that we use lighter Nordic skis instead of Telemark, and I've only ever used Telemark skis before. I'm scared that the Nordic skis will be less stable and more difficult to control on the downhill portions, which will effectively lower my skiing ability, and that they will not be as good on steep uphills as Telemarks with skins. (My friends tell me that's nonsense, and that I'll be very glad of the more comfortable boots and less weight).
All in all, I'm thinking this trip might be too hard for me. But I thought the same about this weekend's trip and I'm really glad I went anyway.
Skiers of Metafilter: if I can do a two day trip of similar difficulty, can I do a four day trip with different skis, and carrying a pack? If I have two weeks to prepare, what can I do, assuming that ski trips in the meanwhile are not an option?