This past week the Professor bought a pair of ski boots, and we are now 6 of the 7 fully outfitted for skiing (borrowed, bought used, and splurged on new). Today was a beautiful day--sunny and warm--and we had nothing particular planned, so we were able to go up to the groomed, wooded trails maintained by our community skiing/sports club. I'm afraid I have only photos of the youngest two, since I was paired up with them for the day. Young Teen and Middle Girl took the Professor on a longer loop to test his mettle. He reminded me that the last time he had cross-country skis on, they were old wood skis with leather strap bindings that belonged to his grandfather! The reports were that he did pretty well. I, on the other hand, fell within about 5 feet of my starting spot! It's been at least 20 years since I was on cross country skis, and it's going to take a little practice for me to get back into shape.
We started on this wide open track which is groomed into a farm field and designed for young kids (and beginners!). Then we moved on to the wooded tracks. I did a little skiing in the field, but left my skis at the warming hut when we hit the trails so I could help the twins more effectively (just try helping two young skiers up a hill while wearing skis yourself and you'll see what I mean!).
It was just so nice to be outside in the sunshine and enjoying the day. We saw many families with young kids out on the trails.