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    Clydes On Ice... er, Snow!

    We get about 300 inches of snow here annually- regular riding is out of the question.

    No worries though, my LBS is still more than willing to take my money- they just give me skis this time of year.

    Anybody else ski?

    I'm mostly a cross country guy (it's cheaper)- skate, classic, and some backcountry. I do get out and do some alpine and tele every once in a while though.

    I've got some big plans for this year- I'm finally getting to a weight that manufacturers make skis for. If you thought it was tough finding wheels for a 280lb clyde, just try finding skis that work. Now that I'm down around 215, my skis can do a little more becides sink like a rock in the soft stuff while screaming for mercy.

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    creaky knees now so haven't done much of anything but when I'm fit and healthy then

    telemark/snowbord/ski/xc ski/roller ski - I've got a freebord (snowboard simulator for summer) but haven't used it.

    I sort of know what you mean about finding skis - because of our weight we end up with the tallest and stiffest skis in the room. It's also really funny watching the skinny "racing snake" types struggle on skis we think have quite a soft and even flex. "I thought you said these skis were medium?"

    Anyhoo, there's a snowsports thread over in foo that could use some Clyde support please.

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    Calumet/Houghton area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattly View Post
    Calumet/Houghton area?
    Yup. Sturgeon River Sloughs this morning, Tech Trails tonight. Probably Swedetown this weekend.

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    No more skiing for me, but I really dig snow camping. We're going again this year; head up into the Snoqualmie backcountry with snowshoes and packs to build some caves and trench shelters for the night.
    If you think finding skis is tough, try finding snowshoes that will float a 235 pound guy with 40 pounds of gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Askel View Post
    We get about 300 inches of snow here annually- regular riding is out of the question.

    No worries though, my LBS is still more than willing to take my money- they just give me skis this time of year.

    Anybody else ski?

    I'm mostly a cross country guy (it's cheaper)- skate, classic, and some backcountry. I do get out and do some alpine and tele every once in a while though.

    I've got some big plans for this year- I'm finally getting to a weight that manufacturers make skis for. If you thought it was tough finding wheels for a 280lb clyde, just try finding skis that work. Now that I'm down around 215, my skis can do a little more becides sink like a rock in the soft stuff while screaming for mercy.
    Holy cow that's over 7 metres of snow, where in Sam Hill do you put it all?????

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    I've lived in PA the last few years and there hasn't been enough snow except at the top of a mountain 40 miles away. So I haven't bought in.

    I did enjoy the sport growing though.

    FWIW, snowshoes are a cheaper way of getting out in the winter time.

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    I live in Utah, and I've skied since I was 3 (My mom was a ski instructor at Bogus Basin in Boise, ID). I love skiing. It's one of my favorite forms of exercise, sadly it's a little too expensive/time consuming, so I have all but given it up lately.

    I know what you're saying: expensive + time consuming = cycling. But skiing pretty much takes a whole day, so it's hard to work into a busy schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    Holy cow that's over 7 metres of snow, where in Sam Hill do you put it all?????
    Well, that's what falls from the sky, we get significantly less actually piling up on the ground due to melting and compaction. Still, there's enough that in the downtown area, they have to load it up in dump trucks and haul it away. There's a couple of snow dumping grounds in town that'll still have snow in May and even June.

    A big +1 on the snowshoeing. I picked up a surprisingly nice set of snowshoes from walmart for cheap that were more than adequate for hauling me around at 285. It's another great way to get out there, and well, cometimes the *only* way when you've got a couple of feet of snow on the ground.

    Oh, and snow camping is for crazy lunatics. I must try it some day.

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    See, now you have to post a picture of the snow thermometer.

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    In MN, Duluth gets 78, the Twin Cities gets about 50. Even with only 50, we have to haul it out of the city and put it in snow dumps. I love those things, because they're like mountains that remain pretty late in the spring, comparatively.

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    I like to cross-train too. I like to do different types of moderate impact aerobics classes, and lots of spin classes at my gym for maintaining my aerobic capacity. I spend a lot more time in the gym working on my core and other muscle groups that are neglected during the cycling season. As long as I do spin class each week, the cross-training always seems to make riding easier in the spring.

    We don't get enough snow in town to x-country ski that much around here. I don't downhill ski nearly at all (grew up where "skiing" always involved a boat), and there is no way that I'm riding on all of the black ice that we get at every intersection around here for weeks after a decent little dump.


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    I don't need no skis, baby. I *RIDE* on the snow and ice with the arcticbike FRAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattly View Post
    See, now you have to post a picture of the snow thermometer.

    Not my picture or motorcycle, but they do both belong to Jdoff who stops by this forum every once in a while.


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