It has been a busy week! I’ve finally had time to get back out on my cross-country skis; I forget how much I love the sport! It’s been hard to fit it in with all the ladies snowshoeing I’ve been doing, however now it is over, it is time to mix it up.
Saturday saw the last of the ladies winter day trips; a super nice day out at the Nancy Greene Summit on our cross-country skis. The ladies and I headed out on the Alzheimers Loop, finishing at the Surprise Cabin, where Ian awaited with a treat in store — S’mores, Betty style: deluxe graham crackers with chocolate wafers and homemade marshmallows from the Mountain Nugget topped our adventure off with style. Check out the photos online at www.bettygohard.ca.
It was so much fun I wanted more; I’ve been avoiding the Centennial Trail over the years as the dog poopy situation gets me down. This year I thought I would get back out there. It is such a great trail.
One minute I’m flying downhill, the next I’m upside down in the snow. What happened? I looked about slightly dazed, giggling uncontrollably. Looking back at the groomed track I saw that one of our furry Rosslanders had left a surprise for me in the downhill track, stopping me dead and sending me head first into the ditch.
I guess it’s not just the smell — it can be super dangerous to an unsuspecting skier enjoying the fast downhill.
Next time I’ll remember to take my nose plugs, helmet and mouth guard. Skiing the Centennial is extreme! It was pretty darn funny though.
Slightly battered, the next day I headed out cat skiing with Big Red Cats on a photo shoot with Anna Segal from Australia. She is currently the slopestyle world freeski champion. It was a great group and thanks to the 15 centimetres overnight the conditions were epic. I even got an interview; stay tuned for the new Betty of the Month feature online.
Wrapping up the week was the BCSA Snowcross on Saturday at Red Mountain. With a funky knee I thought it best to be involved on the other side of the competition, it looked like so much fun though! All the competitors did amazing. The girls’ field was a little small, but full of talent, next year lets round up the locals and show them how we ride here at Red!
Natasha Lockey runs Bettygohard Women’s Action Sports Community. Originally from New Zealand she has been living and playing in the Kootenays for the past seven years.