It's cold (-10C) and sunny in Oslo and there's still a lot of snow out there (2-3x normal amounts) so of course it's a ski weekend. Earlier this week I had picked out routes for Sat (short) and Sun (long) and I was excited to get out.
Started from home and went out to Maridalen and up to Skar. Not as many people as I expected, I guess they'll all show up tomorrow. As I got started I thought through my route and realized that there was no way it was only 15km, as I had it in my head that it was. Weird. I got close to Skar (9km) and realized that the reason the route seemed long is because the route was supposed to involve taking the bus to Skar, not skiing there, and starting the loop 9km in. Oh.
The snow up the valley wasn't that awesome and I didn't want to go back down (it was very hard), so I figured I had to continue up towards Øyungen. If it wasn't that great I could just turn back and catch the next bus, still getting in 13 or 15km or so. If it was good then I could just bite the bullet, continue on, and hope I had the energy to make it all the way home.
It was wonderful, even across the lakes, and I got to ski a bunch of stuff I'd never skied before. Only negative was a dramatic and painful faceplant going down a short but ridiculously steep hill. And also how tired I was for the last several kms.
Brought water with me but never drank because I really didn't want to stop, afraid that my sweaty parts would get very cold. Should have also had food rather than just my card (for emergency waffle stops), even though I hadn't planned to be out so long. Not sure I would have eaten anything (see: didn't drink) but that would have been a good idea. Basically, I was not very smart today. And as awesome as the skiing is right now I am definitely looking forward to running around in a place where I can stop to take in the scenery without worrying about my sweat freezing.
video for this is amusing since it's a summer view. I've got some Jesus Christ lizard
activity going on there.