Solbakken 2008

The North Shore of Lake Superior. December 27, 2008. After the freezing drizzle.

We've just returned from our second annual post-Christmas ski vacation at Solbakken Resort, just outside of Lutsen, Minnesota, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The skiing this year wasn't wonderful. The weekend featured two days of freezing drizzle and melting temperatures, followed by a hard freeze. The result was very fast conditions on the newly-groomed cross country trails. Here is a pictorial account of our Sunday morning ski around the Massey Loop in the hills above Lake Superior.

Before setting out.

The beginning of the ascent. Lake Superior is in the background.

Clara, before the first of at least a dozen falls.

Smooth skiing on freshly groomed tracks.

The descent.
This is what the landscape looks like when you have completely lost control and are about to execute a falling stop.

This is what you see when you have crash landed at the bottom of the hill and are flat on your back wondering if anything is broken.


Oh, man. That looks spectacular (again), even if the snow was thin. Someday...

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