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Summer Ski Season - will you nordic cross skate, roller ski, or make your way to real snow?

With most resorts in their last month of operation, the summer season is almost here! Some areas offer true summer downhill skiing, such as Beartooth Basin near Red Lodge.  https://beartoothbasin.com/ 

Those of us who are unlucky enough to live too far away from summer resorts or who can't travel right now may want to invest in some blades as nothing works all the muscle groups that downhill skiing does better than inline skating! https://www.rollerblade.com/usa/skate-to-ski/   Kick it up even higher with Nordic cross skating and get two types of workouts in one. https://www.xskating.com/ 

True cross country only fans should consider roller skiing, in either classic or skate.  The trails are a little buggier and crowded in the summer, but just as fun or use them right out your front door wherever you live. https://gearwest.com/rollerski-101/

I have been going back and forth between Nordic cross skating and roller skiing in the summer/fall over the last couple decades.  It helps me get over the sadness that comes at the end of the winter ski season, though I do hope to do some spring/summer skiing yet this year.  Also, it definitely keeps me better prepared for the winter season by working key muscle groups and fine tuning balance.  Even small grades can let you build up lots of speed going down to practice those s-turns.  Bonus is they are all lots of fun!  

Which one do you prefer? Which one will you try?

 

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@Diesseldorf love these suggestions! As of yet, however, I haven't quite gotten past my mourning of the end of ski season...

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Yeah it is always such a bummer 😞

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Looking forward to Size 11 glissading.

@Diesseldorf - When I came across this sign, it made me think of your post and I had to stop and take a photo. It looks like roller skiing is the popular option in Stowe, VT!

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While skiing consumes my winter, I will admit that I have never tried roller skiing and was biking when I came across this sign. 

Have you already roller skied or inline skated this season or are you still in the midst of spring skiing?

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Nice!  I am not surprised to find that sign in Vermont either.  I have been roller skiing during the week, but I just packed up my xc/downhill skis this weekend, so I imagine the weekends will be full of roller skiing now as well.  The trails were pretty bare in March, now they are just dirt/grass again.IMG_4317.JPG

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Taking out the kayak. There is a lot of separation as there is in skiing. Proper paddling is a huge core workout and you should be using your legs.

Kayaking camping in rivers is still going downhill.

True, that is still downhill, though hopefully not too quickly (i.e. waterfalls)!

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