I’d felt for a while that this year is make or break for the Langlaufing (Cross Country skiing), as I was getting fed up with my nerves and just not enjoying things. When the snow had abated we went up to our favourite place, Schonfeld. As we drove up there the roads were very snowy and I felt a sense of fear. And I wasnt going to ski, so where did it come from? Was it just a fear of the big open spaces after having been down in the valley and even stuck in the flat? No it was a fear of the sliding on the snow and seeing it as a negative,scarey thing. I wasnt going to have this and determined to enjoy the afternoon.
We found a lot of the Loipes (runs) shut because of Avalanche warnings and the snow is very deep. So we put on the snow shoes and walked along the runs they were very soft and deep despite being prepared. Someone made rude comments, but when we stepped off even the snow shoes didn’t stop us sinking nearly to the waist! It was quite hard going – loads of calories burnt. But I could feel myself looking at the ski slots and thinking, maybe I could do that. We enjoyed the snow and made our way home.
The next day had me waking with a similar gloom and we spent the morning faffing around buying a roof rack and me forgetting the Langlaufing shoes so we had to go home to fetch them. A subconscious trying to delay things? I’d felt for ages that the trail through the river valley of Weisspriach would be good and easy. So under glorious blue skies we found the trail, and to my own surprise, I slapped the skis on and after about 200 yards of striding like a wooden board, I found myself loosening up. The trail is nigh on flat,but I still felt the panic at a tiny slope. It was very warm, and beautiful. We did approach a turn on a slight slope downhill and I took the skis off – then Dave had to pole himself around it, if only I’d known.
The snow was sticky and as we went back, I found myself welcoming a slight slope where I didn’t have to work so hard. I got back to the car park for the first time having enjoyed myself, actually having wanted to go a bit faster. I dint come down for several hours. Maybe its a case of having overfaced myself too early. We’ll go back and do more of this stretch – which ends at our favourite Dikler hut. So I’m SO pleased its snowed so much that the easy low trails are installed, I can’t wait to get out again -What an about-face!
- Back in snow business: Conditions are perfect on Schladming’s championship pistes (independent.co.uk)