Category Archives: XC Skiing

Our first season with Trakkers!

Every winter, I told myself that I should really join a ski club to enjoy the snow, but every year, I’d be too busy, it was too cold….maybe next winter…

But this past winter, I joined Trakkers Ski Club! Partly because I wasn’t able to run due to a left knee injury. And partly because I wanted to get my preteen son out more during the winter, and Trakkers is the *only* club that allows kids to go on the ski trips. He didn’t need a membership, which was even better, so if he hated it, at least there’d be no financial hit.

We loved it! I ended up buying cross country skis for myself, and then for my son, and for the first time ever, I found myself wishing it would snow! It was fun getting to know the various ski resorts, and all of the members were very welcoming and laid back.

A bonus is that lessons are included in the membership. Although I had done some cross country skiing many many (many) years ago, my son had never been on skis. After one lesson, he felt confident enough to ski, and after one outing, he said he wanted to go the following week!

The most amazing thing for me was that the knee problem I had been experiencing didn’t interfere, because cross country skiing is so low impact and emphasizes different muscles than running.  By the end of the season, my left knee was actually strong enough that I could run again, after being off it for nearly a year.

The only problem? There weren’t enough snowy weekends! So if you’re at all interested, put it on your to-do list to try this club next winter (you can try it by just paying the bus fee a couple of times before buying a membership). It’s affordable, it’s a fun way to pass the winter, and you’ll be so fit by the end of the season. We’ll be back next season!

 

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Blue Spruce Weekend Trip

As always, our weekend trip to Blue Spruce was a big success. Four cottages with fireplaces made for a cozy atmosphere in a winter wonderland. We kicked off the weekend late Friday afternoon with a welcome wine & cheese party. On Saturday night, intoxicated only by nature and the fresh air that surrounded us, we made space for our own dance floor!

Sitting beside the fire while looking out at Oxtongue Lake and the beautiful pine trees, we felt relaxed and totally lazy. With mountains of snow everywhere, the skiing in Algonquin Park was awesome as always. Those in the mood to shop could visit Algonquin Outfitters for deals on the best jackets, sweaters, gloves, boots, skis, canoes, and other outdoor gear. A fantastic weekend was had by all!

Henry Furlott, Weekend Trips

Photos:  Henry Furlott & Hanna Balakier

Beautiful Day at Kawartha Nordic

“It’s perfect — sun and snow!”  This comment surprisingly came not from a skier, but from the bus driver as we disembarked under a brilliant sky for the club’s January 29th trip to Kawartha Nordic.

After so many overcast days in a row, we were all glad for a sunny day.  On the trails, the brightness of the day was reflected in the broad smiles of passing skiers, glad for the great ski conditions and low wind. Trakkers also hasn’t been out to Kawartha for some time, and it’s long been a favourite for many in the club.

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Although it is a bit longer to get to Kawartha Nordic, I always love going there for the gently undulating trails that take us through the mainly mixed coniferous forest.  Maybe it’s that little extra distance from Toronto that lets people be more friendly, as almost everyone we passed on the trail said hi and some we never met before stopped to talk to us.  To add to the positive experience, Kawartha Nordic this year has added a trailer with women’s and men’s washrooms, accessible from the chalet.

All around, a great day.

Jannette Porter
Trakkers Member

Strong Body. Strong Trakker. | Pre-Season Conditioning

As temperatures drop, it’s time to think about getting your body ready for the ski season.

XC Ski Indiana gives great tips on:

  1. Stretching to improve flexibility
  2. Improving your balance and stability
  3. Toning your muscles for increased endurance

http://www.xcskiindiana.com/articles/condition1.html

Blitz Conditioning also offers a great strength training routine for those wishing to improve their performance:

blitzconditioning.com/strength-training-for-cross-country-skiing/

Not a Trakkers member yet?  Click to join!

Strong Body. Strong Trakker. | Cross-training

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Are you a runner? A cyclist?  Read about the benefits of cross training with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

Cross-Training 101: Cross-Country Skiing (Competitor.com)

For runners:

Cross-country skiing: The ultimate winter cross-training (Canadian Running)

Cross-training Options for Runners (Runner’s World)

For cyclists:

Cross Training and Cross-Country Skiing (Hunter Allen Power Blog)


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Destination Georgian Nordic

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Northern Landscape

Located just off Highway 400 south of Parry Sound, Georgian Nordic’s granite outcroppings and mostly coniferous forest remind visitors that they are entering Northern Ontario. The terrain is dotted with small hills and pretty little streams. Great for photos!

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Club Atmosphere
Some of the resorts we visit have a definite commercial style with a range of tempting services and products to spend your money on. Not here! Instead, visitors are welcomed into a comfortable, volunteer-driven enterprise which operates as a mountain biking and canoe club when there is no skiing. The roomy chalet is warmed by a wood stove and while there is no formal food service, you may find muffins and cookies available (leave your money in the box) and you can help yourself to the kettle and microwave.

Animal Theme
All the trails have animal names like Otter, Rabbit, Beaver and Cottontail. The chalet is called “Borrow”. Trail details can be found here.

Goergian trails

We are watching the weather and keeping our fingers crossed for a spring skiing trip to this special destination.