Nordic Ski Week!!!
On Saturday, Molly and I will start a week's vacation with the American Birkebeiner (a 54 kilometer race with 9,000+ other skiers through the Wisconsin woods). After a day's recovery from the Birkie we will slowly work our way across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan stopping to ski ABR Trails and the Porcupine Mountains on the shores of Lake Superior (see photos from a Summer solo hike through the Porkies).
We will end Nordic Ski week with the Wabos Loppet which is an Ontario wilderness ski through the forests north of Lake Superior near Lake Superior's eastern end. Here is how Stokely Creek Lodge defines the Wabos Loppet:
"The Wabos Loppet takes place in March and begins with a scenic hour-long train ride from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to the lumbering village of Wabos. At Wabos, skiers begin an uninterrupted 27 KM (16 mile) cross country course that leads through the woods, over two lakes and several beaver ponds to Sheppard Lake, where tea and oranges are served. The rest of the course is on groomed cross country trails leading to Norm's cabin at the edge of Bone Lake. There skiers will enjoy refreshments of tea and cookies. The last part of the trip takes participants to Stokely Creek Lodge for a festive celebratory barbecue."
I promise plenty of updates to this specific blog post with Garmin data and photographs utilizing my GoPro SkiCam, and my Canon 30sxi. Experience Nordic Ski Week through America's Northern Forests via the Northstar Nerd!
Nordic Ski Week Photographs and Garmin Data
(will be updated as Nordic Ski Week progresses)
- American Birkebeiner Photos and Garmin Data
- ABR Winter Wonderland Video (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
- Wabos Loppet Musical Slideshow (Stokely Lodge, Ontario)
And one more Nordic Skiing post from a few weeks earlier. It's not part of Nordic Ski Week, but how many of you can imagine skiing across the frozen ice of Lake Superior at night!