The second major snow of the season starts in a few hours, just in time for Thanksgiving. This year has been unusual for the great early season cross-country ski conditions. This morning I skied 17 km at SnowFlake Nordic Center just outside of Duluth, Minnesota (thanks, George Hovlund).
When I ski, in the true NorthstarNerd tradition, I tend to be a bit techie! I often record my races (see SkiCam man photos), or use my Garmin to measure and compute a trail's difficult rating. As a serious competitor, a skier needs to know more than just distance. Thus, I measure the total elevation change divided by the distance traveled.
The conditions this morning were fantastic for classic. SnowFlakes difficult rating is 20.29. As a frame of comparison, the Birkie Trail has a rating of 59.44, and the Mora Vasaloppet has a rating of 30.67. Having noted that, SnowFlake is worth a visit! However, the hills are mild.
Finally, click upon the image given below to view the Garmin data for my SnowFlake workout.