Trail Report: Tie City 4.23.15

I thought it was time to hang up our snowshoes and cross-country skis but Mother Nature had other plans. For that we are thankful! This morning we headed up to the Tie City trailhead to snowshoe with our local hiking group. {Insert shameless plug...if you have kids and like to hike and live in the Laramie or Cheyenne area you're all invited to come hike with us!} Here are the current trail conditions from the Tie City trailhead. Be forewarned that currently the roads to the trailhead (and the Happy Jack trailhead) have not been plowed so be prepared to park & gear-up…

Trail Report: Green Rock

  Sunshine! Blue Sky! I had to head up to the Snowies this morning. It was worth shoving my kids into their snowsuits to get in what just might be one last snowshoe of the season in. Here are the current trail conditions from the Green Rock trailhead. Date: 4/10/15 Time: 9 am-10:030 am MDT Temperature: 35-40°F (ish). Weather: Warm, bright and sunny. Wind: None. At all. It was beautiful. Trails Hiked: Portions of Libby Creek trail Trail Conditions: Soft snow with a nice thick crusty top. We snowshoed but you might be able to get away with just hiking right now. We also only…

Trail Report: Tie City Trail Network 2-22-15

This morning Al said to me "Hey, Rebecca you should go skiing. I'll hang out with the boys but you should go and have some fun." I wanted to go skiing, and the offer of a few hours of kid-free skiing was too good to pass up but I also wanted to sit in front of the fireplace wrapped in a fleece blanket working on my new baby, the Hike Like A Woman website. Finally about 10:30 I peeled myself from the couch, changed into my ski clothes and headed up the mountain. And I am so glad I did.…

The Cross-Country Skiers Guide to Laramie, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming. It doesn't seem like a ski town, right? People come to Laramie to catch a football game or to get smashed at the brewfest during Jubilee Days, they don't come here to ski. But they should and here's why. Our ski trails are awesome!  (you might get blown off the parking lot at the Tie City trailhead but that's part of the experience right?) Sure we're not Canmore, Alberta or West Yellowstone, Montana...places known for their amazing nordic skiing. We also don't have any fancy schmanzy ski lodges with hot chocolate, handsome foreign ski instructors named Sven, and ski rentals. But…

How to Cross-Country Ski

If you're a beginning cross-country skier you've come to the right place! Check out our series on cross-country skiing. 4 Reasons to Cross-Country Ski 5 Things You Never Knew About Nordic Skiing How to Acquire Used XC  Ski Equipment How to Select XC Ski Poles How to Select XC Ski Boots & Bindings How to Select XC Ski's How to Find Your Kick Zone How to Apply Kick Wax How to Apply Glide Wax What to Put in Your XC Ski Wax Kit What to Wear XC Skiing What to Pack for a Day of XC Skiing Etiquette on the…

How To Teach a Toddler to XC Ski

This is the final post of our Cross-Country ski series for the winter. I like to think that we saved the best topic for last. It's also a topic that probably applies to just a few of our readers. Today's post is about teaching a toddler to ski. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of wearing my red and white polar bear ski's inside of my parents house and moving awkwardly on ski's across the backyard. I'd even take them outside in the summer and try to ski on grass. My ski's were one of my favorite "toys"--in fact…

3 XC Ski Tips for Beginners

If you're new to the sport of cross-country skiing it can be a bit overwhelming thinking about everything from equipment to putting the actual mechanics of how to ski together. As I've coached new skiers ranging in age from toddlers to grandparents I've noticed a few trends out on the trails. Today's blog post is all about the best ski tips for beginners. 1) For a new skier figuring out balance on cross-country skis can be tricky. We need to be able to shift our weight to balance and glide on one ski and then the other ski. This is…

Groomed Ski Trails vs Ungroomed Ski Trails

One question that we've been asked lately is whether or not it's better for beginners to learn how to ski on groomed or ungroomed trails. Before we dive into this question it's best to break down the difference between groomed and ungroomed trails. Groomed trails are those which have been packed. Sometimes with just a snowmobile pulling a sled or at a larger ski area with a big groomer like you'd see at a downhill ski resort. Without getting into the mechanics of grooming it's important to know that groomed trails leave behind a sink-free layer of packed snow. This makes…

Hydration on the Ski Trails

It's easy to forget about hydration when it's a cold winter day and you're out on the trails. However, when you're working up a sweat cross-country skiing or snowshoeing (especially at altitude) it's vital to drink. There are several great options for hydration devices, each has it's pro's and con's, and those pro's and con's are more personal preference than anything else. Here are a few things that we do a few things to stay hydrated. If we know we're going to be going on a crazy hard or long ski, we pay attention to what we're eating and drinking…

Cross-Country Skiing On A Budget

Cross-country skiing is like most sports, you can drop a whole lot of money into fancy equipment, waxes, coaching, races, clothing and gear or you can invest very little money on the basics. When I was racing it was common for me to spend every cent that I earned at the ski shop. But for most people cross-country skiing can be done without breaking the bank. If you're looking to get into recreational nordic skiing here are 4 frugal ways to get out on the trails. Rent or buy used equipment. A few months ago we went into detail about…