O.K. I’m feeling healthy. In fact this- the aptly named Haulback trail- is one of the healthiest hills I have ever climbed on Nordic skis. I am a human sauna.
However I have chosen to classic ski at Whitewater Ski Resort famous for it’s powder and, um, downhill skiing. Having done so I am delighted by the trails, both bracingly steep like the one I am on and rolling like the ones below me.
In the words of the intrepid skate skier from Southern California I meet three quarters of the way up “I live in paradise.” The valley fog lends an atmospheric touch in the distance and is flanked on either side by snow glistening mountains. I would post a picture from the top but I forgot to take one, focused as I was on breathing.
You have to come and experience it for yourself- the incredibly cheerful and helpful staff back at Whitewaters’ main lodge, the clean, sparkly air, and the meticulously groomed trails in the pristine winter wonderland.
I used to guide cross country ski trips in the Canadian Rockies and the Sierra Nevada in California. They haven’t got anything on Whitewaters’ salubrious setting. Give a call on their 1-800-666-9420 line to check on trail conditions before you come. Classic ski rentals and lessons are available. Monday to Thursday five to eight km are groomed and Friday to Sunday all fifteen kilometres are tuned up- plenty to choose from for a morning or afternoon ski. Visit the Nelson Nordic Ski Club at the base of the Whitewater Ski Resort turn off to ski trails of varying difficulty.
You can meet down hilling friends for lunch at the lodge. Check out the photos of my Wildhorse Curry Bowl and my friend Sally’s Whitewater Veggie Burger. The food was as yummy and healthy as it looks. We ate in Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub by the window. Our friendly and competent server brought us lattes from Freshies Coffee Bar.
Replete with good health we bid Whitewater goodbye and plan our next visit to paradise.