Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Suburban Chicago
Bikes: Surly Instigator
There aren't any dedicated ski trails where I ride, it's all multi-use for hikers, bikers,
equestrians, and skiers. I make sure to slow way down to pass hikers, I stop for horses
until the rider says its o.k to go or pass, and I stay 2 -3feet away from all ski tracks(outside
the pole marks.) I've never had any problems with any other
user groups not wanting to share the trail.
Once a big group of hikers or horses get out and turn the trail into a
waffle-like surface the skiers abandon the trails and peace returns to the forest.
I actually wanted to try out cross country skiing,
I went as far as pricing some used equipment and looking up instructors and lessons,
but my encounters kind of turned me off to the whole idea. I find it interesting to
learn that someone bikes and cross-country skis.
About making a trail in snow: I once tried to establish a little loop in my backyard in 8-10"
deep snow by trudging around in a big circle a few times. It looked rideable, and it
sort of was, but keeping in the foot-wide packed-down area was pretty difficult
at the slower speeds, as soon as I hit the deep stuff at the edge it was all over.
Maybe a lawn roller type thing would work, but pushing or dragging one of those
things through snow would probably be hellishly strenuous.
I'm still racking my brain for an idea that doesn't involve a snowmobile, even though I do
ride in the street and the dark in winter it's just not as fun when you
have to watch out for traffic every second, a little yard-track would be nice.
I bought one of those k-traks, and on anything other than packed downhill it's useless.
machka-those photos weren't taken in australia, were they? If so, I'm amazed.
Somehow i visualize it as that vast barren wasteland shown in the Mad Max
movies(even with the woodlands shown in the first one)