Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station

The Little Brooklyn Guard Station. This iconic cabin in the Snowy Range is a place that you need to experience. I stayed at this cabin twice this winter and here are a few things that might help you plan a weekend there. Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Station from Just Trails / Hike Like A Woman Book the cabin early. You can book it up to 6 months in advance, if you're looking to reserve it for a special day then it might be worth it to get up at midnight to make your reservation. I'm not joking. Currently renting the cabin…

5 Things You Need for an Epic Spring Break

Every year as a kid spring break was a big deal. My family didn't travel anywhere but we did use the time to ski, hike, play outside, visit Yellowstone and see how much fun and adventure we could cram into a week. As an adult I think it's important to take a little spring break too--even if it just means skipping a day of work to head into the mountains or taking the time to clean out the garage, slap some storage wax on the ski's and tune the bike. We've written about spring break adventures before & even written…

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.…

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…

How to get up when you fall on XC ski’s

When it comes to skiing we've all been there, trying to get up after a fall. It can be something as simple as a little fall while trying to put your ski's on or a major collision with a snow bank during a backcountry adventure. So far in our cross-country ski series we discussed equipment, clothing, waxing skis, and a little bit about how to ski. Today's post is probably the most important of them all, how to get up when you fall on cross-country ski's. What's your most epic fall? Mine occurred when I was going off of a…

XC Skiing Downhill-The Step Turn

We're back today with the last video portion of our cross-country ski series. We're covering what I like to call 'the big 5' techniques of basic nordic skiing: the diagonal stride, double pole, herringbone, snowplow and today the step turn. The step turn is my favorite of downhill techniques on cross-country skis because unlike the snowplow it allows the skier to maintain their momentum while staying in control on a downhill. Speed is good on downhills, because often a downhill leads to an uphill and who wants to climb a hill if they could just use the momentum from a…