Cross-Country skiing is great. Until you need to slow down or stop.
Took a new trail yesterday, and on the map the trail is green. IE, easy, gentle slopes if there are any.
I did okay. Enjoyed it even.
Got to the last loop of the trail. Bit of a hill. Okay, I've done green hills before. No problems. I don't need to take the little connector to the flat trail I've taken before, I tell myself. Down I go, and all is going well until the left ski left the track and wouldn't come back in and I had to bail. On my face. Good times.
I get back up with a bit of assistance from someone who has probably been skiing since the beginning of time. I didn't even have to take my skis off! Win for me.
"Oh," she says. "There is a bit of a divot there," and points up the trail a bit.
"Yeah, that was me. That's where I fell." Apologies to everyone else who had to ski that afterwards.
I continue on. The next hill looks just as intimidating. I follow some other newbies across a gap to a nicer looking trail. Fall on my ass stepping down onto the main trail.
I make it to the top of the hill just above the lodge, and even though I know it's okay to ski down (I've done it before, even), I calmly ski into the upper parking lot, remove my skis, and take the stairs.
I log into my fitness app and have a look at my ski. I compare its map to the Ski Trails map. I look a little closer.
The last part of the loop is blue, with yellow high-lighting to show that it's lit up at night. And that looks green. Definitely is not green, though.