I started off my week as a spectator at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. We watched top U.S. ski association club athletes compete for a spot on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. I was amazed by the way these athletes competently glided across the snow showing very little effort.
I soon found out, just like most other sports, cross country skiing is not quite as easy as it looks. Luckily for me (a first time skier), winter trails day at Soldier Hollow was an opportunity to get out and try it myself. Among 300 other first timers, and my 7 year old daughter I learned to cross country ski. The hardest part was figuring out how to get back up after falling down, everything else came second nature. I left feeling confident and eager to get back on the skis.
It was truly amazing to have the opportunity to watch these athletes and be able to get out on the snow just days later and try it myself. I gained a high level of respect for those who competed for the U.S. cross country ski team; I cannot imagine the training and dedication involved with competing for these titles.
Soldier Hollow’s immaculately groomed trails are open to first timers, cross over downhill skiers and expert skaters or classic `striders’. Also featuring a full service Rossignol demo center with both skate and classic equipment rental, a ski school that specializes in learner packages and scenic tours, snowshoeing (including rentals), Olympic biathlon experience and more!