Today’s ski at Scenic Caves was packed with activities. It was a cross-over day inviting alpine skiers to join us to experience the joy of cross country skiing or snowshoeing. As we had enough skiers to occupy a second bus, I think the cross-over day was pretty popular. To begin the day, skiers could choose to ski in the backcountry trails in Kolapore Forest, or stay inside the Scenic Caves Nordic centre for skiing or snowshoeing. Morning activities include different levels of regular lessons and snowshoe touring. In the afternoon, those who chose to stay at the Scenic Caves could choose to participate in a 3-person relay race. Après-ski was a wine and cheese party.
There were about 10 people snowshoeing heading out to the suspension bridge, the 126-meter longest suspension footbridge in Ontario. This bridge is a popular destination for snowshoers. It is 25 meters above the valley and stream underneath, and 300m above the Georgian Bay. The Bridge can only be accessible from the snowshoe trail.
My drill practice in the morning was skiing on one ski, exaggerating on forward leaning but head up and leaning a little upward when climbing uphill so more weight can be committed on one ski to prevent sliding back. John taught me to focus on keeping the head steady and stable while looking forward.
The afternoon 3-person rely race was held at the Lookout at the Lookout Point Trail. The race was a loop around Logan’s Run and the Lookout Point loop. There were two hills on the race course. The most challenging part was to return from Logan’s Run downhill making a sharp left turn back to the Lookout Point loop. When coming too fast down from Logan’s Run, we could easily miss the left turn back to the Lookout.
We finished our ski day with an après-ski wine and cheese party in a special reserved cabin. The fresh cheese was from St Lawrence Market from our skier volunteers. It tasted so good that no wonder the alpine skiers wanted to join us in addition to the cross country fun!