The Notorious East Esker Map and Profile (XC Ski)

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Cunningstunts Cunningstunts
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The Notorious East Esker Map and Profile (XC Ski)

5 miles of frozen white hell if you don't do well on Nordic skis, located in in Mendon Ponds Park, NY it's perhaps one of the most perfect terrains for Nordic skiing.  With pitches more like one would find on green and blue runs at a dh resort which are constantly undulating and 700+ vertical feet around the loop, it's very much a "most difficult" ski trail.  One of the most difficult i can think of.

When the snow is right, it's an absolute joy.  Sometimes groomed, sometimes not.  It's fun either way with the proper skis.  The best skate it, most survive it.  Metal edges and dh skills help.

I went and walked it today as there isn't enough snow to ski it, but I'm excited for when the time comes.



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Re: The notorious East Esker

That looks like a lot of fun. Possibly a bit of suffering. Looking forward to the TR of the ski journey.
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Cunningstunts Cunningstunts
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Re: The notorious East Esker

I definitely plan on doing a nice one when the conditions are right.

It's really not much suffering.  The climbs are steep, but you get a nice dh to recover after each one.
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Woodchuck hollow!  Love hallows!!
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Cunningstunts Cunningstunts
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I have to admit part of my motivation for posting this now was me messing around with maps and GPS traces on Cal Topo last night.
greif greif
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I never thought it was all that bad, even on plain Nordic skis. Of course, I am never sure exactly where the trail goes to be on the traditional 10K course either! Any wander in the woods is a good day.
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Re: The notorious East Esker

One of my all-time favorites. I've beens skiing this trail since 1975. We don't get enough reliable snow cover much these days for the esker, but some of the other areas of the park have gentler, grassy terrain that's skiable on less snow.
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I've run it hundreds of times both ways.  Figured how hard could it be to ski it?  Answer: Very.   I am very much a novice skiier and was on classic skis.  Scary as hell.  Fell at least a dozen times.  Humbling lesson.  But might try it again some day...
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Re: The Notorious East Esker Map and Profile (XC Ski)

Greif - the back part (east side) is really tough.  You'd know it if you were on it.  It's also beautiful back there.

Point - I hear you.  I haven't skied the full thing in years.  I'm pretty sure there's always some days where you can, but can't always commit.

Johnny - it'll get easier.  Skis that you really feel comfortable on helps, no matter what they are - not dh skis, but BC XC skis, etc.  I remember skiing this with really long wax classics, full groom when I was a kid and not being too bad.  Now I kind of think it's a lot harder than I used to recall.

I've never tried to skate it.  I can't even imagine.
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Re: The Notorious East Esker Map and Profile (XC Ski)

I'll stick to the easier North Meadow for now.  I think someone said they skied Southern Meadow recently.  I have never tried but I would think with a good base of snow, it wouldn't be too bad, since it is not very technical.  
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