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I'm going cross-country (classic - the stuff in the tracks) skiing again on Sunday. I'm not especially good at it, but this will be my 7th time, and I taught a couple of people last weekend, who managed to move mainly forwards and aren't dead, so I must have done a good job.

I'm happy to try and teach more newbies this time.

I'm hoping to get a lift (if NotAllThere joins and brings his car!) but Biff (if she joins; I'm sure she will) usually takes the 8:17am train from Basel (change at Luzern) and returns on the 3pm or 4pm train.
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Old 10.03.2013, 17:32
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

Had a wonderful time. Weather was so sunny I was skiing in a tshirt! Not a cloud in the sky for the first 3 hours, then just a few after that.

Was so warm, the snow was starting to melt, but it's predicted to be coldand snowy next week so should be ready again for next weekend.

Despite having only been myself 5 times before, I managed to teach two newbie cross county skiers how to do it today, and they seemed to do ok. wonderful lunch sitting outside, and a 35minute break in between Luzern for a quick bit of sightseeing.

I'm surprised, though, how few people on EF are interested in cross-country skiing. Especially this time of year when the weather's potentially so good.
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Old 10.03.2013, 18:11
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

If you fancy going next Sunday we'd like to come along.
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

We live in the Jura mountains, where cross country skiing is fabulous. But would love to come over and try Engelberg one day next season - if we can do an accommodation swap for a week-end

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I'm surprised, though, how few people on EF are interested in cross-country skiing. Especially this time of year when the weather's potentially so good.
My husband and I are *very* interested, but we're still trying to fend Death from our doorstep (we've both been sick for over a week now). Keep us in mind for next season though - we should be better by then
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Old 10.03.2013, 18:28
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

I'll probably go again next Sunday. I'll let everyone know!

If I remember and they still have them I'll buy another "Duo Tageskarte" from the post office tomorrow, as for 69Fr it means the return trip is only 35Fr instead of a rock-up-and-pay 46Fr.
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

I tried it last year and couldn't sit down comfortably for weeks afterwards thanks to a rather heavy fall on my butt.
Would have been prepared to give it another go this year but have been a bit preoccupied with moving.
Maybe next year.
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Hopefully by that time your butt will have forgotten about it

This winter has gone far far too quickly - I want more time on the snow across or down!
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Had a wonderful time. Weather was so sunny I was skiing in a tshirt! Not a cloud in the sky for the first 3 hours, then just a few after that.

Was so warm, the snow was starting to melt, but it's predicted to be coldand snowy next week so should be ready again for next weekend.

Despite having only been myself 5 times before, I managed to teach two newbie cross county skiers how to do it today, and they seemed to do ok. wonderful lunch sitting outside, and a 35minute break in between Luzern for a quick bit of sightseeing.

I'm surprised, though, how few people on EF are interested in cross-country skiing. Especially this time of year when the weather's potentially so good.
I'd be interested but the drive from where I am to Engelberg is too painful compared to other ski areas
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

And he didn't even fall over! (re the video above.)

One "trick" (well, it's just understanding gravity!) to not falling on your arse is to keep your knees slightly bent and lean forwards a bit. Once you lean back, or even just bolt upright, it's easy to topple backwards. And as we all had rucksacks on, even easier.
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

This is exactly what BM's very nice teacher (not moi- our lovely Canandian friend) was explaining, as she puts the weight on her heels and off she went - as my daughter says 'a*se over t*t' - ouch! Keep ze knees bent
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Hopefully by that time your butt will have forgotten about it

This winter has gone far far too quickly - I want more time on the snow across or down!
I can assure you that my butt will never forget about it.
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I can assure you that my butt will never forget about it.
Is it made from memory foam?
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Maybe they all decided to go cross-country skiing elsewhere?...

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Had a wonderful time. Weather was so sunny I was skiing in a tshirt! Not a cloud in the sky for the first 3 hours, then just a few after that.
Glad you had a good day - the weather was indeed great. But there's still a lot of life in the season with the good base that's already there and new snoa and cold weather expected.
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I'm surprised, though, how few people on EF are interested in cross-country skiing. Especially this time of year when the weather's potentially so good.
Really? I'm surprised that you're surprised. There is a reason that downhill skiing is so much more popular, you know.
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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

Both fabulous, in their own way. I cannot ever understand skiers who hate snowboarders, snowboarders who hate skiers, skiers who despise cross-country skiers - and all that rubbish. I love it all - there is no competition, honest.

There is something amazingly peaceful about cross-country skiing - going through the trees with birds singing all around you, seeing the Alps in the distance, catching a glimpse of a fox or a deer (and I so hope, one day, a lynx, as my parents did near Chasseron) - so 'organic'. No comparison- and not need for such either.
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Both fabulous, in their own way. I cannot ever understand skiers who hate snowboarders, snowboarders who hate skiers, skiers who despise cross-country skiers - and all that rubbish. I love it all - there is no competition, honest.

There is something amazingly peaceful about cross-country skiing - going through the trees with birds singing all around you, seeing the Alps in the distance, catching a glimpse of a fox or a deer (and I so hope, one day, a lynx, as my parents did near Chasseron) - so 'organic'. No comparison- and not need for such either.

For snowboarding, that is easy, it is because more snowboarders run into skiers than vice versa (personal experience, not a scientific study...) and...because I can't do it
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Both fabulous, in their own way. I cannot ever understand skiers who hate snowboarders, snowboarders who hate skiers, skiers who despise cross-country skiers - and all that rubbish. I love it all - there is no competition, honest.
Oh I'm with you on that - whatever floats your boat. But more people prefer the downhill sliding sports, I would suggest, for several reasons, including the thrill of speed they give and the fact that langlauf just looks so much like hard work (and it is). Just trying to give Adrian some idea why he shouldn't be surprised.

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Re: Cross-country skiing, Engelberg

Going again this Sunday (17th March).

I'll be hiring my skis from a hire place very close to the station. They charge 28Fr for a half day hire (which is all we need): boots,skis, poles. And it's 9Fr for a pass to access the valley area where the tracks are (which is 5-10 mins walk from the station).
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