Feeling excited this morning as I woke up with the realization that I have a new pair of skate skis just waiting for some attention. I grew up primarily on classic skis, took a few skate ski lessons when I was in junior high, and decided last year after taking a couple lessons that skate skiing was going to be my new favorite winter sport. It’s physically all encompassing, endurance driven, and fast… perfect for me!
Last night Justin and I headed to a couple ski shops around Bend to shop around and learn about the different brands and styles. Our first stop was Webskis, however after standing around for 10 minutes without any acknowledgement from their staff that we were even there, we left and headed out to our next stop, Sunnyside Sports, where we knew our business would be welcomed. There’s a reason, after all, that they are the #1 bike and ski shop in Central Oregon and have been in business since 1972.
The late afternoon sky and sunset were absolutely stunning. We made a pit stop at Drake Park to catch a couple shots of the iced over Mirror Pond, color filled sky, and snowy park. I love this town.
After our chilly stop at the park, we were back in the car and minutes away from Sunnyside. As we walked in and approached the wall of skis, Jody immediately greeted us and provided the help we were looking for. After narrowing the options down, another staff member and accomplished Bend athlete extraordinaire, Muffy Roy, stepped in and the two of them went to work putting together the perfect package for what I was looking for. They were not only friendly and knowledgeable, but fun to work with too. I also learned a new term in the process, for how equipment manufacturers tend to cater products toward women. It’s called “pink it and shrink it.” How funny is that?!?!
I settled on the Rossignol X-ium skis (far left in picture) because of their light weight, enhanced stability, and performance ratings. Plus, I’m a fan of the colors → orange, black, and white. I also decided on the X-ium World Cup boots as they were extremely comfortable, fitted, and provided a lot of ankle stability.
I get to pick up my skis today, all waxed and ready to go. My goal is to get a couple private lessons, to “learn” the skis (they supposedly pack a fast punch), and get to where I am comfortable going it alone with good technique and confidence. A shout out and THANKS to my husband for such an awesome gift!
Have you ever tried skate skiing? Or any other type of skiing?