I wanted to go on a family ski trip last season but COVID made things difficult and the snow in southern California was not very inspirational. Then there were the astronomical prices...
I had always been intrigued with Nordic skiing (aka cross country skiing) and when we moved to New England with a much more reliable snow pack I decided the 2021/22 season was the perfect time to give it a try.
The prices are much more reasonable too which is great. We stayed in town at the Catamount Hotel ($70 a night and 4.5+ star average reviews) and ate some great vegan/vegetarian food too. Including food, lodging, gas, and lessons we spent less for a weekend of nordic skiing then we would have spent on tickets and rentals alone at the nearby Mount Snow.
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I think I am done paying astronomical prices for downhill skiing. Every year the slopes are getting more and more crowded (I used to be able go midweek and have no lift lines, that is no longer true). It seems every year I have more and more close calls with idiot snow boarders trying to prove something for the Instagram followers too.
With Nordic skiing you do not have all that drama... at least for now. Hopefully the exertion required will keep the average American away. Only time will tell.