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January 5, 2013

Day 3: From the Town of Borscht to Rossland – Paulson (Dec 24)

Filed under: BC Ski Trip 2012, Canada, Ski, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 10:36 PM

Slept in even more and had breakfast in the room. Headed out on Hwy 3 again towards Castlegar but we never made it there – on purpose. The drive through the mountains was great. Lots of snow near Paulson Pass. And shortly after the pass we stopped at the Paulson Cross Country ski place in the middle of nowhere just off the highway. Sun tried to come out when we set up. Trail fee was cheap at only $8 per person. Took off on my Peltonen skis towards the long route thinking I might have to cut it short. First trail was a green trail for ~3km, fairly flat terrain through the trees. Then I went UP the only black trail for 500m, which was more or less single track and really steep. Herringboning didn’t work too well since the trail was so narrow and my skis always got stuck in the steep snow banks along the side. Must have looked funny like hell me falling up the trail more than walking :-). By now we had blue skies and awesome views over the snow covered hills. Next was a blue trail “Old Growth” which slowly wound its way up towards the top. Climbing was steady but at a shallow angle. Great views along the ridge. Back onto a wider  track to connect to Glenmerry trail. Onto the big loop on single but wide track which slowly wound its way up through the trees to the warming hut. Great sunshine and sparkling trails. After the cabin the trail was called Norwegian – what a gem. Single track, very narrow. mostly gentle down but a few roller coaster parts and awesome views over the mountains. So much fun even though I was getting seriously tired. After Norwegian I could have taken the shorter route back turning left but it didn’t look that much shorter and there was another option to cut short. So I turned right onto Gloryview. Oh my – what a trail – again single track very narrow but also steep downhills with a couple killer 120degree turns on the bottom. Luckily I was too tired to be scared. Finally on the bottom the trail turned left and a gentle climb up to the final stretch still beautiful trails all single track until they finally opened up into the wide very nicely groomed trails around mud lake. A fast last km to the cabin. 95% of the skiing was all diagonal stride covering 26km in 3hrs50min.

The drive into Rossland was short passing tomorrow’s ski area at Red Mountain along the way and dropping below the clouds. We picked the first place on the road we saw even before we got into town – Casa Alpina Motel. They advertised the biggest outdoor hot tub in town and it was great! Had it all to ourselves and soaked our tired bodies in it for 30min under the dark sky. All we needed was a glass of wine but hot lemon tea did the trick too :-).

For dinner we went back up to Red Mountain to the Cut Rock Pub. Had a pitcher of local dark brew from the Mount Begbie Brewery in Revelstoke that came with 10 free wings. Followed that up with a great rib dinner – it was Christmas eve after all. Back to the hotel by 8 or so to watch some TV.

Bad night though. Lots of still liquid coughing and bad headache. Took an Advil but that only made it worse as it seem to get stuck in my throat and made me feel sick all day….

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